Central Saint Martins & The Look present

Clash Culture: A night of treason

7pm Tuesday May 1 2007

Cochrane Theatre Southampton Row London WC1B 4AP

Tickets (free) available from April 18, Cochrane Theatre box office 

020 7269 1606 +


“Things are gonna get rough so we’re gonna need clothes that are tough.”

With these words, The Clash manager Bernard Rhodes recruited art students Alex Michon and Krystyna Kolowska to the cause of transforming the band’s look from their DIY punk origins into a visually stunning and stylistic statement of intent.

Working closely with band members Paul Simonon, Mick Jones and Joe Strummer, as well as Saint Martins attendee Sebastian Conran, Michon & Kolowska helped create the iconic visual presence of one of the greatest rock & roll bands of all time, a look which continues to reverberate from the catwalk to the street today.

On May 1, Central Saint Martin’s and The Look author Paul Gorman celebrate the 30th anniversary of the White Riot tour (which broadcast the look, the sounds and the messages of The Clash around the UK and then the world) with a night of treason: interviews, discussion, readings, a q&a, music and rare images with contributions from Michon & Kolowska – who launch their new fashion label this year – and other key figures.

Tickets (free) from Cochrane Theatre box office: 020 7269 1606 and



EDITOR’S NOTES: The Look: Adventures In Rock & Pop Fashion (published by Adelita, priced £24.99) is the last word on contemporary style, from 1945 to the present day. With a foreword by Malcolm McLaren and an introduction by Sir Paul Smith, The Look details the work of a vast array of performers and designers, from Elvis to emo, from new wave to nu rave, and is now on the recommended reading list for University Of The Arts London fashion students.



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