Rupert William Lycett Green (born 24 October 1938) is a British fashion designer known for his contribution to 1960s male fashion through his tailor's shop/boutique Blades in London.
Lycett Green was born in England, the son of Commander David Cecil Lycett Green RN and Angela Courage (who later married Ralph Beckett, 3rd Baron Grimthorpe). His grandfather is Sir Edward Lycett Green, 2nd Baronet, and his great-grandfather is Sir Edward Green, 1st Baronet. He was educated at Eton College.
In 1962, Lycett Green opened his shop Blades in Dover Street, London, with "high tailoring standards but a young man's view of cut and proportion". The shop's slogan was "for today rather than the memory of yesterday" and they offered high fashion ready-to-wear clothes. In 1965, John Crosby described Lycett Green's clothes as having "an elegance and a sort of look-at-me dash not seen since Edwardian times." In 1965, Cecil Beaton, a regular customer of Blades, stated "it's a marvellous combination of Carnaby Street Pizazz and Savile Row".
In 1967, Blades moved to Burlington Gardens, where the shop windows looked down on Savile Row itself. Customers included Mick Jagger, the then Marquess of Hartington and the Earl of St Germans.
The 1968 suit shown here is a good example of Lycett Green's work for Blades, and was made from Lyon brocaded silk itself made in 1953. It was worn by Lycett Green himself and given to the Victoria and Albert Museum by him, where it appears in their fashion gallery. The V&A description states, "This suit combines a resolutely modern cut with a jacquard-woven silk woven with a Victorian pattern".
Designs by Lycett Green are included in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of London. One of his evening suits in black velvet was selected by Patrick Lichfield to represent 1971 in the Dress of the Year collection at the Fashion Museum, Bath, alongside a woman's outfit by Graziella Fontana. Today, the Burlington Gardens premises are occupied by the tailors Ede & Ravenscroft.
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