When Liz Taylor and Richard Burton decided to publicly express their love for each other in 1970, they chose Tommy Roberts to create matching T-Shirts with sequinned portraits. Roberts designed for Mick Jagger, Elton John and Jimi Hendrix, and became an integral part of 60s London with his label Mr Freedom. Paul Gorman celebrates the man who became a magnet for the most famous and stylish people in the world. With an impressive array of images, a stellar cast of contributors and unlimited access to his subject, Mr Freedom traces the career of Tommy Roberts.
One of the most innovative boutiques in rock fashion history, Mr. Freedom was as much a show as a shop - a fashion, art and design mecca for Swinging London's most outre set. In his new book, 'Mr. Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero, ' Paul Gorman tells the story of the boutique's driving force: the stocky maverick entrepeneur Tommy Roberts, "one of those unpindownable figures," the author says, "who fast-tracked vanguard ideas right into the mainstream."--Diane Solway"W Magazine" (05/01/2012)