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THE A-LIST

Posted on August 14 2017

The A-List pays tribute to the actors, artists, aristocrats, aesthetes and athletes who've worn Sinclair suits, Mr Fish shirts and Curry & Paxton spectacles, from the swinging sixties to the present day.

Muhammad Ali (Mr Fish)

The American boxer’s 1974 fight against George Foreman, promoted as “The Rumble In The Jungle”, has been called “the greatest sporting event of the 20th century”. Ali stepped into the ring to face his opponent wearing an African inspired boxing robe that had been designed and made by Mr Fish.

David Bailey (Mr Fish)

Bailey is a celebrated English portrait and fashion photographer, who captured the leading figures of Swinging Sixties London on film, going on to become more famous than many of his subjects and, as a customer of Mr Fish, much better dressed.

Warren Beatty (Anthony Sinclair)

Photographed here (wearing a Sinclair suit) with Susannah York for Vogue magazine in 1966. The pair had just filmed the British crime movie, Kaleidoscope, in which Beatty is dressed by Sinclair, and drives an Aston Martin DB5… quite an agreeable combination.

David Bowie (Mr Fish)

The British rock legend was a leading figure in the music industry for over five decades. Known not only for his song writing, but also for his extraordinary sense of style, Bowie wore shirts designed by Mr Fish… and dresses – including the one worn on the original cover of The Man Who Sold The World album in 1970.

Geoffrey Beene (Mr Fish)

Beene was one of New York's most famous fashion designers, recognized for his artistic and technical skills and for creating simple, comfortable and dressy women's wear, but in the 1960s and 1970s, he left the designing of his personal shirts to Mr Fish.

Richard Burton (Anthony Sinclair)

The Welsh hellraising actor, frequently remembered for his personal life and multiple marriages (including twice to Elizabeth Taylor), was nonetheless regarded as one of the great British actors of the post-WWII period. He was also one of Anthony Sinclair’s biggest customers, with a strict demand for “softly” tailored clothes.

Sir Michael Caine (Curry & Paxton/Mr Fish)

The British film icon has appeared in over 115 movies in a career spanning over 60 years. Sir Michael is renowned for his wit, charm and style, and also, of course, his spectacles - which were supplied by Curry & Paxton in the 1960s. He also wore shirts made by Mr Fish in the 1971 classic British crime film, Get Carter.

Ossie Clarke (Mr Fish)

Raymond “Ossie” Clarke was London's answer to Yves Saint Laurent: his slinky jersey dresses were worn by a generation of celebrities as he helped to make London the capital of the fashion world in the Sixties. For much of his own personal clothing, he turned to Mr Fish.

Sir Sean Connery (Anthony Sinclair)

Connery, as Bond, is arguably the greatest style icon of the 20th century. He wore Anthony Sinclair suits for all of his appearances as 007, from Dr No in 1962, to Diamonds Are Forever in 1971.

Noel Coward (Mr Fish)

Sir Noël Peirce Coward was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise". His silk dressing gowns by Mr Fish certainly made a contribution.

Sammy Davis Jnr (Mr Fish)

During his lifetime, the American singer, dancer, actor and comedian was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world". He was part of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin who were collectively known for their sharp style, but when he wanted to add a touch of flamboyance he’d buy shirts and kaftans from Mr Fish.

Duke Ellington (Mr Fish)

Mr Fish dressed countless members of the entertainment industry, one of the most significant being Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, the American composer and pianist who originated big-band jazz. He led his jazz orchestra from 1923 until his death, in a career spanning over 50 years.

James Fox (Mr Fish)

At the height of his career in the Swinging Sixties, the English actor starred in the comedy crime caper, Duffy. He is photographed here on the set of the film wearing a ruffled shirt and dice-motif suit by Mr Fish, whose clothes he also wore in his personal life.

Jimmy Hendrix (Mr Fish)

Not only was this legendary American rock star a regular customer of Mr Fish, in 1967 he was also a resident of 34 Montagu Square in London, which is the current home of Mason & Sons.

 

David Hockney (Mr Fish)

Considered to be one Britain’s most influential artists, Hockney was a major contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s and a key figure on the London scene at the time. He was, naturally, a customer and friend of Mr Fish.

Rock Hudson (Mr Fish)

The American heartthrob actor was known for his turns as a leading man during the 1950s and 1960s, appearing in over 70 films and several television productions in a career spanning four decades. He became a close friend and customer of Mr Fish.

Mick Jagger (Mr Fish)

Arguably the most famous rock star in the world, Mick became a regular Mr Fish customer in the 1960s. He wore the clothes in both his private life, and on stage – the most famous outfit being the white man-dress (pictured) that he wore during the Rolling Stones Hyde Park concert in 1969.

George Lazenby (Anthony Sinclair)

The Australian actor famously gate-crashed the 007 audition for the 1969 Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. To help secure the role, he acquired a suit from Anthony Sinclair (that had originally been made for Sean Connery). It worked, and he got the part, but Sinclair didn’t make the suits for the film. However, almost 50 years later, Lazenby returned to Anthony Sinclair for his tailored clothing.

Patrick Lichfield (Mr Fish)

The English society photographer was Queen Elizabeth’s first-cousin-once-removed, and a close friend and customer of Mr Fish. He was a prominent figure during the Peacock Revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s, when men began to break what had hitherto been strict rules of dress.

Patrick McGoohan (Mr Fish)

The American-born Anglo-Irish actor became the number one British TV star in the 1950s and 1960s, remembered particularly for his appearances in Danger Man and The Prisoner – in which he wore a distinctive blazer with braided edges. It is not certain who produced the blazer, but for his personal wardrobe McGoohan turned to Anthony Sinclair.

Lord Montagu of Beaulieu (Mr Fish)

The 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu was the founder of the National Motor Museum, a pioneer of the stately home movement and, as a hereditary member of the House of Lords, an active parliamentarian whose views on heritage and transport commanded widespread respect. He was also a loyal customer of Mr Fish.

Sir Roger Moore (Anthony Sinclair)

Sir Roger was the third 007 to have been dressed by Anthony Sinclair. His original tailor was Sinclair’s close friend and neighbour Cyril Castle, who made his clothes for The Saint and the early Bond films until he was succeeded by Mayfair tailoring legend Doug Hayward. In his later life, we are proud to say that Sir Roger became a beloved Anthony Sinclair customer until his sad passing in May 2017.

Jon Pertwee (Mr Fish)

The English actor, entertainer and cabaret performer was best known for his portrayal of the Doctor in the BBC science fiction television series, Doctor Who. He played the role from 1970 to 1974, and was often dressed in Mr Fish ruffled shirts and velvet jackets.

Pablo Picasso (Mr Fish)

Picasso is probably the most important figure of the 20th century, in terms of art, and art movements. Mr Fish made special shirts for him, for which the artist rewarded him with drawings to decorate the shop, and a dedicated, then ornamented, slim book entitled Picasso Designs 1966-1967.

Sebastian Sainsbury (Mr Fish)

Scion of the British grocery chain, Sainsbury was the original financial backer of the first Mr Fish boutique that opened on Clifford Street in December 1967. He is seen here in a photograph taken for Vogue magazine, wearing a Mr Fish double-breasted suit with matching shirt and tie.

Peter Sellers (Mr Fish)

Often credited as being the greatest comedian of all time, the English actor was a regular customer of Mr Fish. His third wife, the Australian socialite and fashion model Miranda Quarry, actually worked in the Mr Fish boutique. In the photograph, Sellers is dressed in Mr Fish clothes during the filming of There’s A Girl In My Soup.

Lord Snowdon (Mr Fish)

Anthony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, the British photographer and filmmaker was a close friend of Peter Sellers, and another great customer of Mr Fish. He was married to the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret (pictured) who also had clothes made by Mr Fish.

Terence Stamp (Mr Fish)

In the 1960s, Terence Stamp starred in some of the decade’s most memorable films, and dated some of its most beautiful women. He has long been regarded as one of Britain’s best-dressed men, and many of his clothes have been made by Mr Fish. He is pictured on the set of the 1966 comedy spy-fi film Modesty Blaise, for which Mr Fish made the costume.

Valentino (Mr Fish)

Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani is one of the world’s most renowned fashion designers. He opened his couture house in Rome in 1960, and by the middle of the decade, Jackie Kennedy was amongst his many devoted clients. In the late 1960s, he staged fashion shows with Mr Fish – who in turn, began to make his shirts.

Andy Warhol (Mr Fish)

Warhol was one of the most prolific and popular artists of his time, becoming the leading figure in the pop art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. His iconic personal style was defined by a combination of his platinum wigs, clear acetate spectacles, and occasionally a Mr Fish shirt.


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