Opened in '66 by John Pearse, Nigel Waymouth and Sheila Cohen, Granny Takes a Trip became well-known for its visually surreal and colorful store fronts. The boutique had a reputation for being the rock n' roll hot spot of swinging London, eventually adding shops in New York and Los Angeles. They sold abundant velvet, sequins, fur, and paisley pieces. Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Johnny Thunders, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, and many other famous musicians took to sporting the psychedelic threads that hung in Granny's windows.
"The Teddy Boy look" began in 1950's England when young men wore clothing inspired by the dandies of the Edwardian era. They were originally named "Cosh boys" until the Daily Express shortened 'Edwardian' to 'Teddy' for a headline in 1953, changing history.
The first object on view is the iconic Tokyo Pop, the snap-off break-away sculptural monochrome vinyl jumpsuit with bright red lining by Kansai. It was shown with the famous red patent leather platform boots, now scuffed and worn. I gazed upon this, quivering for at least 30 minutes