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British Style Genius TV series kicks off tonight

BBC 2's new five-part series, British Style Genius, kicks off tonight at 9pm with an episode dedicated to the high street.

Drapers has seen a preview of the series and tonight's episode features a behind-the-scene's insight into model Kate Moss's collaboration with high street chain Topshop.

Moss, who rarely gives interviews, can be seen attending a meeting at Arcadia HQ with its chief Sir Philip Green, where she is seen squealing with delight as she learns of the sales figures of her first collection for the chain.

Also interviewed are model Twiggy, Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki and retail guru Mary Portas.

Elsewhere in the series, which also covers the themes of the rebel, tailoring, the country set and street fashion, such luminaries as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Mary Quant are also interviewed.

Fashion movements from the teddy boy to the chav via the punk rocker and the Sloane Ranger are all dissected and discussed by those who were there.

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Some serious people on the show, Colin McDowell, Anna Wintour, Mary Quant...the footage of Ossie Clark was the best bit plus the paralels with Jonathon saunders discussing no linig issues to keep costs to the bone.

    So with the above in mind, I think Kate Moss had one of those David Beckham moments (when they talk the whole myth pops a bit)......BBC2 don't do promo or sensationalism so...the whole scene where she is selecting already designed stuff with the expression ' Gorge' or 'Gorgeous' sort of summed up her whole design 'ethos' and displayed her 'skills in design'.
    Ideas are nothing in this business; they have to be turned into a 3d product, manufactured and then sold to the customer......get any of the latter wrong ....and the ideas count for nothing.

    As an aside, my teen daughter wandered in (she and her mates are partial to a bit of Topshop though they either buy online during the sale or travel to Oxford Brighton branch is rubbish) and she doesn't connect to Kate Moss at all....totally irrelevant to her age group.

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  • good point below! Moss is a 30 something - the youth of today see her as someone their mothers age.

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