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Technicolor Dreamin' in Her Own Fashion

Karen Moller

"An exhilarating first-person gallop through more than thirty Summers of Love"


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ISBN : 978-1-84897-987-1
Published : 31/05/2018
Pages : 316
Size : 205x140mm
Imprint : Olympia Publishers

Karen Moller

Karen was a witness and participant in the 1960s political protests, ecological, sexual and feminist revolutions that liberalized society and changed not only the way we dress but the way we think. In her third year of art school in Canada, inspired by Kerouac's On the Road, she took off hitchhiking to San Francisco where she met Ferlinghetti and the beatnik poets. From there to New York and Paris, as an artist in training, she attended art classes, hung out at the Beat Hotel and participated in Poetry and Art Events, becoming friendly with artists and musicians, Robert Filliou, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely, Eva Appelli, John Cage, Andy Warhol, Yves Klein, Beuys', Fluxus artists and Visual Poets. In London she became a highly successful designer, first in her own boutique - Twiggy modelled her clothes - and then with sales to Carnaby Street and Kings Road, Paris' Tiffany's, Dorothée Bis and Le Gaminerie boutiques and across America. She partied with the pop world of Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Rolling Stones and frequented Indica Bookstore and Gallery where Yoko Ono met John Lennon. With her Maoist friend Adrienne, she participated on the 1968 Paris barricades. In 1969, she established the first textile design studio in London. In 1976 after winning awards and gaining international recognition, she moved her studio to Paris. In 1985, with Li Edelkoort she created Trend Union, a design consulting and forecasting firm that became world famous for predicting trends for famous fashion houses. TIME magazine named Trend Union as ‘One of the world's most influential fashion futurists'.


About Book

"In Technicolour Dreamin', Karen Moller has given us a personal and critical history of the counter-culture, from beatnik San Francisco and New York, to hippie Paris and London, to Fluxus, to the feminist and fashion revolutions, to the aftermath of it all. This is a delightful memoir by an artist and designer who has seen it all and done it all and who took good notes and thought hard about what it meant, all along the way."

William Niederkorn - composer, playwright, NY journalist

"Karen Moller grew up in a small town in the mountains of western Canada. She took off at age nineteen, hitchhiking with Jack Kerouac's On the Road under her arm, after graduating from art school in Calgary and went on to dazzling success in the renaissance of poetry, pop music, fashion and the arts in swinging London. The freshness of voice and delighted wonder that permeate that illuminating, often hilarious, personal anecdotes is both irresistible and touching."

American Book Review

"An exhilarating first-person gallop through more than thirty Summers of Love, plenty of insider hanging out and anecdotes with artists like Yves Klein painting women blue, not to mention Corso, Burroughs and Warhol. Over the course of three decades, Karen met pretty much every hip personality that defined the times."

Paris Blog by Matthew Rose

"Karen captures the spirit of the sixties when dressing up wasn't called fashion and creativity ruled... Her book brought back so many memories of the sixties that I couldn't put it down."

Peter Golding - Fashion Wiz of the 1960s

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