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In search of John Crittle
These fashions are sure a long ways beyond them wearing dark suits and ties with white shirts in 1964!
Isn’t this an Apple Boutique event?
Was The Fool in attendance? I’m only wondering if they ever received the fab endorsement…(ie did The Beatles ever wear any of their garments? Or, anything from the Baker Street boutique?)
It’s too bad there isn’t much documentation or photos of the shop, its merchandise, its location, business hours, pricing info, employee/customer testimonials. Did the boutique sell clothes only? Were the clothes exclusively by The Fool? Who were the sub-contractors(who assembled the garments)? What about the cosmic stuff? Records, jewelry, beads, posters, buttons, stickers, patches, lava lamps, kaleidoscopes, magazines…”May I please purchase a pack of ZigZags and that new black-light Beatles poster?”
From riches to rags…and back again
(hi, home…I’m honey!)
(a great name for a head-shop: “Paper, Plastic Or Glass?”)
Dear Kwai, I don’t think that’s the Apple Boutique opening, since John was wearing a different outfit and had shorter hair. Could this photo be from 1968? From the Apple Tailoring thing? The Fool was at the actual opening of the Boutique (though I now realize there was a press party a couple of days before that, which I didn’t remember), there’s a video of it on youtube. The Fool did make outfits for the Beatles, at least for John: I know for sure about the multicolored cape thing for I am the Walrus on MMT and his outfit for the How I Won the War premiere (I once posted a photo on my Facebook page and Marijke wrote underneath it that she made it). I went to the boutique a couple of times. I remember gorgeous clothes and being quite frustrated that I couldn’t afford them ALL. There were objects too, but I don’t remember any records being sold. I believe most of the clothes were designed by The Fool, but there were other items too, since I bought a mirroed Indian orange vest there, which I still have (it has no mirrors left since my daughter wore it onstage for years while she was doing the musical Hair in Europe). Here’s a recent photo of it (yes, I still have it – I keep everything!): http://tinyurl.com/q95m3z9
So you’re more than a singer!
You also shopped at THEIR store…
I must say…that is very, very cool.
Thank you, for everything.
(Clerk: “Hi, may I help you find anything?”
Lizzie: “Yes, the owner…please”)
The link for the photo wouldn’t work for me.
(Though, the link of the convention video did work)
I’m sorry, Kwai, that must be because I posted the photo on facebook. I will go there now and see if I can make this photo “open” for anyone to see. Try it again, ok?
Thank you, Lizzie. The link is working, now. That is a very pretty garment. I ‘bet’ it made you sparkle a lot. And it looks perfect for HAIR. The Fool continue to intrigue. Their clothes, their painting, their bubbles(A Day In The Life session)…
but, unfortunately…not their music(they made an album for mercury)
But, a bit of non-coincidence: Lizzie’s daughter wore The Fool’s garment in a production of HAIR…well, after moving to Los Angeles the Fool created the largest mural in the world at the time (1969) on the walls of the Aquarius Theatre for the opening of the play Hair.
Hi guys, it was May 22 1968, for more info visit:
Lizzie confirmed that John had some clothes by The Fool.
According to Wikipedia, The Beatles all sported Fool Exclusives for the Our World LIVE event. So that is pretty much ‘potential-reached’. Also, many lesser known fab requests were delivered by the Dutch design collective. Apparently, much to my shock and dismay, The Fool WERE involved in artwork painted upon Esher. I believe George had various custom treatments done inside the house. These must have been planned/calculated affairs and completely unconnected to what took place on the exterior. That is only a guess. I just cannot believe that The Fool would anything with spray paint.
Also, something they didn’t paint: ‘Rocky'(the Strat) was actually painted by George, himself. A Gibson acoustic was ‘decorated’ for John. Eric Clapton’s Gibson SG WAS painted by The Fool and was officially christened The Fool!
Apparently, the posted picture of George and John was taken at the first Apple Boutique pre-opening (‘Apple Tailoring by John Crittle’ on Kings Road). There was a coolly painted Rolls at that event. Was that John’s and who painted it. It looks rather ‘foolish’…so maybe they did paint a Rolls.
In summary, from Esher to Rocky…George had made huge progress with his painting and had obviously mastered how to tune a paintbrush by ear!
Hi Kwai! I had forgotten about the All you need is love outfits… This is what Marijke wrote on my facebook wall: “Hi Lizzie, When Simon and I painted George and Patti’s fireplace mural (Barry and Yosha did not help) we stayed at the house for about a week and George was inspired to paint also. He painted the exterior of his house all by himself and also painted Tantric symbols on his Mini-Cooper.” Hope this helps.
Thank you, again, Lizzie!
I wish The Fool would have painted Magic Alex…
Alex should have been called The Fool
You’re totally right, MarkC. I saw that guy several times and I couldn’t stand him. How could John have been so naive?
I think they finally realized it when he tried to rig up the Apple studio.
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