If working at an independent publication has taught me anything, it’s that just because something hasn’t hit superstar levels of fame doesn’t mean it can’t pack a powerful punch. Design duo Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin demonstrate this philosophy best. Part biography, part commemorative love letter, Foale and Tuffin chronicles the brief but illustrious career of these 1960s British designers. The nuances of their creations are explored not only through the usual collection of interviews and photos, but also by profiling their peers and contemporaries, including iconic designers Mary Quant, Betsey Johnson, and others of the same calibre. The extent of Foale and Tuffin’s impact in the few years they were active is emphasized by these personal accounts from prominent figures in fashion. Webb’s extensive research successfully captures the zeitgeist of London’s Swinging Sixties, as well as the two designers’ intimate relationship with the decade.
Iain Webb – Antique Collectors Guild
reviewed by Anna Fitzpatrick (originally published in Worn Fashion Journal Issue 10)