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Paul Gorman is an English journalist, author, and owner of the fashion label The Look Presents.

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Journalism

From 1978, Gorman worked on weekly news for a number of trade publications. In 1983, he was the recipient of the Periodical Publishers Association award for campaigning journalism for a series of investigative food industry articles. Gorman also freelanced for national newspapers in the UK and the US before taking up the post of west coast bureau chief for Screen International in 1990.

Based in Los Angeles, he interviewed executives, directors, producers and stars, including Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson, Oliver Stone, and Nicolas Cage and worked at Cannes and the Oscars.

Between 1993 and 1998, Gorman was contributing editor at Music Week, where he reported on leading executives and artists such as Madonna's manager Freddy de Mann, Creation Records founder Alan McGee and U2 manager Paul McGuinness, as well as artists such as David Bowie,Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello, the Sex Pistols and the Spice Girls (conducting their first ever interview). Pieces he wrote during this period for Music Week as well as for Mojo can be found at Rock's Back Pages[1].

Between 1994 and 1999, Gorman was also contributing editor at Music Business International, and covering the international entertainment business in the US, south east Asia, Australia, Scandinavia, Spain, Israel and South Africa, attending such events as the MTV Awards, the Grammys, the Brits and the VH1 Divas.

Books

  • In March 2001, Sanctuary Press published The Look: Adventures In Pop & Rock Fashion, the first edition of Gorman's exhaustive study of the combustion of music and style from the post-war years to the present. With a foreword by Malcolm McLaren, it was greeted with acclaim. "No crease is left unironed," announced Vanity Fair.
The Look
Straight
  • In 2006, he wrote Blood & Fire: The Story Of UB40's Ali & Robin Campbell with Tim Abbot.
  • In May 2006, Adelita published Gorman’s 'The Look: Adventures In Rock & Pop Fashion with an introduction by Paul Smith and foreword and updated contributions from Malcolm McLaren. “This is the book,” wrote Robert Elms in The Times[5]. The Look has been accompanied by events at the V&A, London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins and also spawned a London club-night which featured DJ sets and performances by Pam Hogg, Keanan Duffty, Glen Matlock, Kevin Rowland, The Priscillas and Poppy & the Jezebels. The Look was launched in Japan to coincide with the opening of Paul Smith’s flagship store, Space, in Tokyo and has an active online presence at www.rockpopfashion.com/blog.
  • In January 2007, Arrow Books published Cry Salty Tears, a story of surviving a life of spousal abuse which Gorman ghostwrote for Boy George’s mother Dinah O’Dowd. This appeared in the Sunday Times Top Ten selling non-fiction hardbacks list.
Reasons to be cheerful
  • In December 2008, Gorman's book Reasons to Be Cheerful, a celebration of the life and work of the pioneering graphic artist Barney Bubbles, was published by Adelita. The Word magazine hailed the book as "a glorious tribute" and design site AceJet 170 describes it as "the most exciting publication this year".
  • In January 2009, Gorman launched http://www.barneybubbles.com/blog/ as an online resource for information about the designer's work and working practices. The site's blog features expanded and adapted material from the book as well as interviews, artwork and designs which have not previously been examined or presented publicly.
  • On September 1 2009, Reasons to Be Cheerful is out in the US. The book will be launched at Los Angeles boutique/design house South Paradiso Leather.

Creative consultancy

In 1994, Gorman was recruited by Anthea Norman-Taylor to the creative think tank she ran with her husband Brian Eno on behalf of the charity War Child, resulting in such events as Little Pieces From Big Stars held at the Whitechapel Gallery, which featured auctioned artwork by musicians such as Paul McCartney, Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Shane MacGowan, and Pagan FunWear, held at the Saatchi Gallery in June 1995 featuring contributions from Lou Reed, David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, 3D from Massive Attack, Damien Hirst, Stella McCartney and many others.

In 1999, Gorman made his directorial debut with the Channel 4 documentary Las Vegas Grind and in 2000 signed Mexican artist El Vez to Alan McGee’s Poptones label.

In 2003, Gorman was creative consultant on the reformed Dexys Midnight Runners, which included leader Kevin Rowland re-signing the group to EMI for a greatest hits compilation. Gorman advised on visual and other creative elements on an acclaimed series of performances in the UK.

Fashion label

In 2008, Gorman launched his own fashion label The Look Presents in collaboration with fashion consultant Max Karie through Topman in the UK and US with three collections:

A range of T-shirts by the 70s label Wonder Workshop, which was worn by rock icons including Iggy Pop, Marc Bolan, Mick Jagger and Robert Plant - was launched instore and online in June 2008.

In August 2008, The Look Presents unveiled a collaboration with Nigel Waymouth - founder of King's Road boutique Granny Takes a Trip - based on a series of t-shirt and graphic designs including reinterpretations of his historic Granny's shopfronts of the 60s.

In November 2008, The Look Presents introduced Priceless, a new range of ready-to-wear suits and other menswear by Antony Price, designer for Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry and Duran Duran.

In April 2009, The Look Presents Priceless Spring/Summer 09 range is available from Topman.

Links

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.rocksbackpages.com Accessed: 24 March 2008
  2. ^ Gorman, P (2001) In Their Own Write: Adventures In The Rock & Pop Press, London: Sanctuary Publishing
  3. ^ Lynn Barber, The Observer, October 27, 2002
  4. ^ Daily Telegraph, March 20, 2005
  5. ^ Robert Elms, The Times, July 15, 2006







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