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Carnaby And V&A Are Celebrating Christmas With The 1960s

Carnaby's Christmas Installation, 2015

Carnaby and the V&A have collaborated to create this year’s Carnaby Christmas installations. The inspiration is the V&A’s forthcoming exhibition, "You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970," which opened on 10 September and features "Swinging" Carnaby Street in 1966.

The installation will celebrate the hippie heritage of Carnaby and evoke the peace and love zeitgeist that embodied the fashion and cultural revolutions of the late 1960s.

The V&A will hold a residency in Carnaby Street themed around the exhibition. The retail space will be open until January, selling tickets to the exhibition and merchandise ranging from psychedelic posters to prints featuring iconic images from the '60s; fashion, including a colourful silk scarf designed by Beatles illustrator Alan Aldridge; and limited edition Levi’s jeans specially made to commemorate the exhibition.

Over 350 objects will be on show in the exhibition encompassing fashion, photography, literature, music, design, film and fashion that defined the counterculture. Show highlights include Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, an Ossie Clark costume for Mick Jagger, the suits worn by Lennon and Harrison on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and handwritten lyrics for Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by The Beatles. 

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