BBC Radio 6 Music is working with BBC Four to present The Sound of Style – a season dedicated to the worlds of fashion and music.
The two stations will be exploring how sound and style share a passionate, colourful and inextricable relationship. It’s the first time the two broadcasters have worked together and will see television programmes narrated by radio presenters including Stuart Maconie, Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne.
6 Music will also be broadcasting a range of documentaries from the archive, including ‘The Look Of Music, The Sound Of Fashion’ presented by Malcolm McLaren, and ‘You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again’, a history of the British teenager introduced by John Peel which focuses on changing fashions and pop culture from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Presenter Gemma Cairney will host Never Mind The Cobblers, meeting shoemaker Terry de Havilland. Known in the trade as the rock ‘n’ roll cobbler, his designs for winkle pickers, platforms, wedges and stilettoes were worn by the scene setters of the day including David Bowie, Cher, and Debbie Harry, and the likes of Amy Winehouse, Alison Goldfrapp and top models more recently. People queued from dawn till dusk to get their hands on a pair of his shoes. Gemma speaks to Terry, plus his many fans including Noel Fielding, Ana Matronic and Viv Albertine about the impact he has had through his fantastical shoe designs.
Gemma Cairney said: “Terry de Havilland is more than a cobbler, more than a shoe designer, more than a name in fashion. He is part of a rock ‘n’ roll legacy. His very shoes have stomped and grooved on the soles of most musical legends, from Bowie to Bianca Jagger, Robert Plant to Kate Moss. They all love Terry. All this history and he’s still making shoes and coming up with new styles in 2014, over 50 years after he started. If there ever were someone to sum up why fashion and music go hand in hand it’s him. It warms my heart to share his story. There is no better place for this than BBC Radio 6 Music. And boy, are there some cracking tales and tunes in this documentary.”
Paul Rodgers, Head of Programmes for BBC Radio 6 Music, said: “The Sound Of Style is an exciting opportunity for 6 Music’s presenters to add their music expertise to BBC Four’s, sound-tracking the series by selecting some of the key musical moments that have helped shape and influence fashion. And 6 Music will be further exploring The Sound Of Style across the network, through tailoring our regular programming plus excellent documentaries featuring some key figures from the fashion and music industries.”
Bringing its own alternative spirit to the season, 6 Music will be featuring tailored programming with originations and through its regular shows featuring special guests exploring further the themes of fashion and music. And when each episode of the TV series airs, 6 Music will be styling its music and chat that day around the decade covered in that programme.
Stuart Maconie and Mark Radcliffe will be reminiscing and sharing their own tales of the 60s. Plus, they’ll be welcoming Rick Wakeman who was a key figure during the heady days of the 70s on their weekday afternoon show.