Technicolor Dreamin' Story Outline
When I read On the Road in 1959 in my third year of art school in Canada, my cowboy heroes transformed into Kerouac's mythical duo zigzagging their way across America. They recast the American myth, "Go west, young man; freedom is waiting for you", to "Go, young woman and forge a new identity". That book set me on my travels to San Francisco, the beatnik heartland in search of that mysterious brotherhood of creative spirits working in a forbidden underground.
My next stop was New York and then Paris where I worked with artists Jean Tinguely, Yves Klein, Robert Filliou and met their American friends, such as John Cage, Andy Warhol and the beatnik writers, William Burroughs and Gregory Corso.
In 1962, I traveled to London where the anti-war movement was in full swing. Even in that politically active environment, there was little to indicate that England was on the threshold of a cultural revolution. London burst forth with avant-garde art galleries, art centers, dance clubs, bookshops and the Underground newspaper IT. The young shed their dowdy post-war clothes for the multicolored petals of the emerging hippie counterculture and soon I was designing and printing my own fabrics as well as wholesaling to other boutiques, notably Kings Road and Carnaby Street, the centers of everything "in". With the fading of the hippie dream, I moved back to Paris, where I added fashion futurist to my activities. Within a few years, my firm became the major forecaster of fabric and color trends for top designers.
The quintessential hippie icon was the Rainbow. It covered fabrics, record covers, and graphic designs. It symbolized freedom and our desire to discover life's potential, not just the pot of gold. It was a time of carefree days and unashamed utopianism. We fought for just causes, made love, and made merry while we lived on innocent dreams of being revolutionaries.
The 1960's Rainbow and Beyond
Artist, fashion designer, free spirit, chronicler of the Age of Aquarius - Karen Moller has seen it all, from her early days as part of the Beat Generation in San Francisco to the excitement of Carnaby Street in London and a student uprising in Paris. Karen recounts her story, starting with her childhood in rural Canada and progressing to her baptism by fire during the counter-culture revolutions of the '50s, '60s and '70s. Along the way she met and worked with some of the greatest modern poets and artists of the 20th century, including Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, The Beatles, Mary Quant and a host of others. A delightful, sexy, no-holds-barred account of the world's most colorful cultural revolution, from a woman who helped shape it.
Karen Moller studied art in Canada and Paris, and then immersed herself in the social artistic revolutions of the middle of the 20th Century. She opened her own boutique and textile design studio in London, where she sold her prints world-wide. She has worked with renowned designers in her fashion consulting and design business, Trend Union, which opened in Paris in 1985.
Have you ever wondered what it was like to have taken part in the last cultural revolution of the Twentieth century, the Swinging Sixties, the heart of hippie fashion, poetry, pop music, sexual and feminist movements—then this memoir will interest you. It is a first-person gallop through London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, with plenty of insider hanging-out and anecdotes with the artists and fashion people.
Karen Moller established the first textile design studio in London, winning awards and worldwide success. Her book covers in depth information about fashion influences, textile design, fashion forecasting and the world’s most important designers and how that industry functions. It is also the story of Karen’s brilliant achievement with her fashion consulting firm which she set up in Paris in 1985 and how she broke fashion barriers. TIME magazine named her trend predicting office, Trend Union, as “one of the world's Most Influential futurists in fashion.”
Karen Moller was born in the mountains of Canada. In her third year of art school she hitchhiked her way to San Francisco, inspired by Kerouac’s book, On the Road. She got to know the San Francisco’s writers, Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Gregory Corso, and later in Paris, the avant-garde artists John Cage, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, Robert Filliou, Daniel Spoerri, Max Neuhaus and various members of the art movement Fluxus. In London she partied and protested with the people who created Swinging London as well as artists, pop stars, Pink Floyd, Yoko Ono, The Beatles and Rolling Stones, just to mention a few. During the sixties, she opened her own hippie boutique—Twiggy modeled her clothes—and became one of the Carnaby Street and King’s Road designers that helped change the way the world dressed.
Her memoir gives us a personal and critical history of the artist’s counterculture, from beatnik San Francisco and New York, to hippie Paris and London, to feminist and fashion revolutions and the aftermath of it all. She lived out the hottest moments in the 60’s, including the barricades in Paris. The freshness of voice and delighted wonder that permeate the illuminating, often hilarious personal anecdotes is both irresistible and touching.
-American Book Review.
In Technicolor Dreamin' Karen Moller has given us a highly personal and critical history of the counter culture, from beatnik San Francisco and New York, to hippie Paris and Swinging London, to Fluxus and the feminist revolution, to dazzling success in the fashion and the aftermath of it all. The freshness of the voice and delighted wonder that permeate the illuminating, often hilarious personal anecdotes is both irresistible and touching. 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.