The strange, illuminative true story of Tommy Nutter, the Savile Road tailor who changed the silhouette of men's fashion and his rock photographer brother, David, who captured it all on film. From an early age, there was something different about Tommy and David Nutter. Growing up in an austere apartment above a caf catering to truck drivers, both boys seemed destined to lead rather humble lives in post-war LondonTommy as a civil servant, David as a darkroom technician. Yet the strength of their imagination (plus a little help from their friends) transformed them instead into unlikely protagonists of a swinging cultural revolution.In 1969, at the age of twenty-six, Tommy opened an unusual new boutique on the golden mile of bespoke tailoring, Savile Row. While shocking a haughty establishment resistant to change, Nutters of Savile Row became an immediate sensation among the young, rich, and beautiful, beguiling everyone from Bianca Jagger to the Beatleswho immortalized Tommys designs on the album cover of Abbey Road. Meanwhile, Davids innate talent with a camera vaulted him across the Atlantic to New York City, where he found himself in a parallel constellation of stars (Yoko Ono, Elton John) who enjoyed his dry wit almost as much as his photography.House of Nutter tells the stunning true story of two gay men who influenced some of the most iconic styles and pop images of the twentieth century. Drawing on interviews with more than seventy peopleand taking advantage of unparalleled access to never-before-seen pictures, letters, sketches, and diariesjournalist Lance Richardson presents a dual portrait of brothers improvising their way through five decades of extraordinary events, their personal struggles playing out against vivid backdrops of the Blitz, an obscenity trial, the birth of disco, and the devastation of the AIDS crisis. A propulsive, deftly plotted narrative filled with surprising details and near-operatic twists, House of Nutter takes readers on a wild ride into the minds and times of two brilliant dreamers....
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House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row Reviews
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A nice tale about an artistic tailor, which closes in a way that makes one aware this book was really about two people; both the tailor & his brother. Tommy & David Nutter are the kind of people I find interesting, b/c they lived life on their own terms as much as possible. Mad respect for that. Moving things along were the story line happening mainly on 2 continents, as well as both the local & global ups & dow...more
Thank you NetGalley for this advanced eGalley of "House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row".
On the surface, and based on its captivating cover, you'd think this was going to be a book centered around Thomas (Tommy) Nutter--one of the pioneering designers of the once ultra-conservative Savile Row.
However, it is about BOTH David and Tommy Nutter, almost in equal measure.
Both ahead of their time in their respective disciplines.
Tommy hoped to turn the fashion world on its head with h ...more
(minor spoiler alert) I haven't given a book five entire stars in a really long time, but here we are I guess because this book was PHENOMENAL.
Not only was the history of the Nutter brothers meticulously researched, but the narrative had a voice to it that made the story engaging and relaxing to read. And being that the content of the narrative was so fantastical that it was almost hard to believe that the events happened in real life, having such a vivid voice was necessary.
If you don't read th ...more
I'm normally a quick study but in this case, I wanted to savour this tome. Not only a story of the legend and saviour of Savile Row, designer and icon, but a touching double-portrait of brothers Tommy and David Nutter during a time of cultural upheaval.
Tommy Nutter - an iconoclast who subverted the dusty culture of the Savile Row tailor to bring new energy to fight through waves of conservatism ...
and David Nutter - who provided a window into a revolution, a consciousness through his lens having ...more