Technicolor Dreamin' In Her Own Fashion


Technicolour Dreamin' In Her Own Fashion Written by Karen Moller
Published by Olympia Publishers

31/05/2018 - £10.99 – Paperback 


Categories:Autobiography / 20thCentury History

"In Technicolour Dreamin', Karen Moller has given us a personal and critical history of the counter-culture, from beatnik San Francisco and New York, to hippie Paris and London, to Fluxus, to the feminist and fashion revolutions, to the aftermath of it all. This is a delightful memoir by an artist and designer who has seen it all and done it all and who took good notes and thought hard about what it meant, all along the way."

William Niederkorn - composer, playwright, NY journalist


"An exhilarating first-person gallop through more than thirty Summers of Love, plenty of insider hanging out and anecdotes with artists like Yves Klein painting women blue, not to mention Corso, Burroughs and Warhol. Over the course of three decades, Karen met pretty much every hip personality that defined the times."

Paris Blog by Matthew Rose


Karen was a witness and participant in the 1960s political protests and ecological, sexual and feminist revolutions that liberalized society and changed not only the way we dress but the way we think. In her third year of art school in Canada, inspired by Kerouac's On the Road, she took off hitchhiking to San Francisco where she met Ferlinghetti and the beatnik poets. From there to New York and Paris, as an artist in training, she attended art classes, hung out at the Beat Hotel and participated in Poetry and Art Events. In London she became a highly successful designer, first in her own boutique and then with sales to Carnaby Street and Kings Road, Paris' Tiffany's, Dorothée Bis and Le Gaminerie boutiques and across America. 

With her Maoist friend, Adrienne, she participated on the 1968 Paris barricades. 

In 1969, she established the first textile design studio in London. In 1976 after winning awards and gaining international recognition, she moved her studio to Paris. In 1985, with Li Edelkoort she created Trend Union, which TIME magazine named ‘One of the world's most influential fashion futurists'.

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     This is an updated version of the original Technicolor Dreamin', first published ten years ago in Canada. Since then, it has become a reference source for people interested in Sixties art and fashion, many of its passages and anecdotes are quoted in various publications, and it is cited in the recent film of the Beat Hotel in Paris. The memoir deals in depth with the Beats, hippies, art and music, and Karen's own fashion/textile design career as well as her participation in the ecological, sexual and feminist revolutions that changed not only the way we dress but the way we think. It is a first-person gallop through San Francisco, New York, Paris and London, with plenty of insider hanging-out and anecdotes with artists and fashion people she met along the way. Karen has given us a personal and critical history of the counterculture, from beatnik San Francisco and New York to hippie Paris and London, to feminist and fashion revolutions and the aftermath of it all. This is a delightful memoir by an artist who has seen it all and done it all and who took good notes along the way” William Niederkorn – playwright, composer and New York Times editor Karen grew up in a small town in Canada and after graduating from Art School took off with Jack Kerouac's “On the Road” under her arm. The freshness of voice and delighted wonder that permeate the illuminating, often hilarious personal anecdotes is both irresistible and touching. American Book Review A delightful look behind the scene of the fashion world when dressing up wasn't called fashion and creativity ruled. It brought back so many memories of the sixties that I couldn't put it down. Peter Golding Fashion Wiz of the 1960's


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