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Strawberry Fields Jacket!

Posted on June 30 2009

<!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]--> Those of you lucky festival goers who went to Glastonbury this year may have caught Kasabian whipping up a storm on the Pyramid stage, vintage aficionados might have noticed lead singer Tom Meighan was wearing a Wonder WorkShop Strawberry Fields jacket. [caption id="attachment_1424" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Strawberry Fields Jacket"]Strawberry Fields Jacket[/caption] Wonder Workshop was a London fashion label of the the late 60's and early 70's renown for it's innovative screen printed T-shirts and Jackets. They produced the world's first black printed T-shirts to create a fusion between Fashion and Rock & Roll and established a style from which today's black t-shirt styles of Rock&Roll, Heavy Metal and Punk Rock emerged. <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]--> strawberry-jacket-paul <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]--> <!--[endif]-->In 1968, Wonder Workshop produced a collection of printed Pop Art DIY Jacket kits under the title, Cut'N'Sew. The prints were celebrations of Pop Icons “Elvis”, “Blonde Bomber No.1” (Marilyn), “Silver Surfer” (a tribute to Jack Kirby of Marvel comics), “Blonde Bomber No.2” (Jayne Mansfield), “Baked Beans” and “Strawberry”, (inspired by the Beatles song 'Strawberry Fields Forever'). The jackets became highly popular after Paul McCartney wore the Strawberry jacket design on his first US Wings tour. Later in 1972 they were produced on satin and sold through "Granny Takes A Trip", the Psychedelic clothing stores in London with branches in LA and New York. [caption id="attachment_606" align="aligncenter" width="402" caption="Beyond Retro Strawberry Fields jacket"]lydia_strawberry[/caption]

For those of you who want your own slice of rock memorabilia, Beyond Retro in Soho have an original one of these very jackets! Head down to our Great Marlborough Street store for a closer inspection!