Pretty Green look back at the late 1980s and early 1990s where a profound shift in British popular music and culture was churning. This movement became known as "acid house" and the "Madchester" scene. Weekends were lost to dance, music and a new energy that could change the club scene forever.
From it's early roots in Chicago house music, played and reinvented for a new and very different audience in clubs like The Stuffed Olive and the Hacienda, on nights like Hot (Wednesday's) and Nude (Friday's), it's early adopters (and adaptors) like Mike Pickering, Tony Wilson, The Donnelly brothers and Bobby Langley through the innovation of bands and DJ's like The Happy Monday's, Voodoo Ray and Graeme Parks, this was a true Velvet Revolution.
This Pretty Green SS17 collection draws deeply on the influences of the era, dropping in statement red, white and blue, fractured, geometric prints that mirror the club night flyers and back drops of the day. All this to pay homage to the energy and essence of the movement, to echo the experiences of those that were lucky enough to be there and to entice those who simply wish they were.
On January 19th at the legendary Old Granada Studios, Pretty Green hosted an exclusive Q&A with some of the legends from the era. The event was hosted by Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets) and on the panel were Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order), Martin Blunt (Charlatans), Christopher Donnelly (GioGio, put on some of the first raves that inspired Acid House), Graeme Park (DJ and played at the Hacienda), Bez (Happy Mondays), Bobby Langley (DJ), Jane Taylor Hayhurst (Contributing fashion Editor of the Times), Paul Fletcher (Hacienda Live). See images and video below.