Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street
   During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Carnaby Street, located in London’s Soho district, was transformed when a group of ‘youthquake’ fashion designers, including John Stephen, Sally Tuffin and Marlon Foale, were attracted there by the combination of low rents and West End location. Carnaby Street rapidly became both stage and centre for the image conscious mods and the growing metropolitan gay culture. Reciprocally, this combined spending power attracted increasing numbers of designer retailers, notably Ian Gray’s Gear Boutique and John Michael’s Mod Shop. By the mid-1960s Carnaby Street, now popularly named ‘Peacock Alley’, had become an internationally recognized symbol of ‘swinging London’.
   See also: fashion, 1960s
   Further reading
    Cohn, N. (1971) Today There Are No Gentlemen, London: George Weidenfeld & Nicholson.
   MARK DOUGLAS

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