Dandy & Rose

Bespoke Western Shirts, Handmade in England


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Is it a bird? Is it a ruffle?

… then it must be Danny George Wilson’s new shirt!

Storm ruffles front left

Danny loves the Liberty of London print ‘Storm’ with its sweeping birds. It was designed for Liberty by Storm Thorgerson, who also designed Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon album cover, amongst many others. One day I hope someone orders a shirt in the print based on his prism design for that cover, which is called ‘Thorgerson’.

Thorgerson

Brilliant isn’t it?

Danny already has a shirt with touches of this print on the yokes, and he already has a shirt with ruffles. Now we’ve put these two good ideas together!

To see the ready made shirt in’Storm’ in my etsy.com shop, or find out how to order a bespoke shirt of your own, go to

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/dandyandrose?ref=hdr_shop_menu

 

Photograph by John Morgan www.JohnnyCajon.com

Photograph by John Morgan http://www.JohnnyCajon.com

Danny Champ


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Hearts and Flowers

Danny George Wilson of the marvellous Danny and The Champions of the World asked me to come up with a shirt for the showcase he has at the Americana Music Association’s Festival in Nashville on 18 August at Third Man Records. Somewhat recklessly, he gave me a completely free rein about fabric choice and design.

I wanted to do something totally different from his previous Dandy & Rose shirts, which are black with contrast yoke and piping.

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The print that immediately came to mind was Liberty’s Kitty Grace. Danny can pull off a really decorative print so well, and this one had been in my sights for a while. With its hearts and flowers, it reminds me of the great western tailor Nathan Turk’s work for The Maddox Family, who were known as ‘the most colorful hillbilly band in America’ during the 1940s. He took the heart motif on these outfits

maddox

 

from this book by Lepage Medvey about  costumes from his native Poland. dsc_0941_1smlTurk’s own copy is in the Autry Center in Los Angeles and his note to remind himself to place hearts down the leg of the Maddox Brothers’ trousers survives.

 

Here’s Danny’s Kitty Grace shirt….

Good luck to Danny and the Champs for their Nashville excursion! May the spirit of Nathan Turk be with them!