Fashion designer drops off suits at vintage shop

Steve Elvidge, owner of Space, Harrogate, with two outfits by designer Malcolm Hall. (1604232AM1)
Steve Elvidge, owner of Space, Harrogate, with two outfits by designer Malcolm Hall. (1604232AM1)
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A famous British fashion designer who created flamboyant outfits for celebrities during the 70s glam rock era has donated a collection of rare sample suits to a Harrogate vintage shop.

Malcolm Hall is known for his extravagant tailored suits in velvets, satins, silks and brocades, which he created for stars including members of ABBA and Mud, Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, Brian Eno and Bill Wyman.

After spotting one of his suits for sale on Space’s website, Mr Hall visited the shop in the Ginnel and handed over more than 30 suits, which were used as samples in his showroom in the 1970s and 1980s.

Steve Elvidge, the owner of Space, said: “He got in touch with me because he saw one of his suits on our website. He brought me all his sample suits from the 70s and 80s and we have got about 30 men’s and women’s outfits, which are all really out there. You can imagine people wearing them on the red carpet.”

The suits, which include a gold silk pleated suit, will go on sale in the shop and on the website for around £300.

Mr Elvidge said: “They are very rare. They are real collectors items and have already attracted a lot of attention in the shop. He was one of the big designers at the time. His first job was as a design assistant and pattern cutter for Ossie Clark.”

Malcolm Hall, who is still designing today, has also collaborated with Catherine Walker on gowns for Princess Diana, as well as Bruce Oldfield and Anouska Hempel.