Tune into BBC Two on 15 May 2021 at 9pm (or catch up on iPlayer) and you'll see me - alongside many other contemporaries - remembering John Lennon.
The channel is airing a major original series called A Life In Ten Pictures, described as "a series of extraordinary lives, each unlocked by a just a handful of images, from iconic shots to private snaps, their secrets revealed by those who know their stories best."
I hugely enjoyed watching the fascinating shows about Elizabeth Taylor and Freddie Mercury but I'll probably be watching this one from behind the sofa: I hate seeing myself on film! Thank you to series producer Chris Wilson (and filmmaker Chris Purcell) for their patience and for involving me in the first place ):
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A loving tribute to June, life model and friend of John Lennon and Helen Anderson, who died in 2020. My reflections of some of the funniest moments of our time together with John in our art classes.
These John Lennon caps are made to last! Helen Anderson's original design, originally created in 1964, worn here by the Beatle in 1975, still with the Ferrari pin he stuck into it when he passed his driving test and bought a powder blue convertible.
For the inside story on John Lennon and loads of memories from fashion designer Helen Anderson - Lennon's friend and of course the designer of his famous leather cap - listen to this great interview with Jude Southerland Kessler.
How to measure your head for my leather cap
A message from Helen about sizing:
Hats are a bit like jackets and dresses: sizes are supposed to be universal but may vary from one manufacturer to another. I can’t guarantee you a perfect fit, but I can do my best to help.
My cap is available in 4 sizes: Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L) and Extra Large (XL). It’s an investment piece, so I encourage you also to invest three minutes to find the perfect fit.
Don’t just guess your size!
John Lennon’s head measured 23.5 inches. He was a size XL (big brain!). Here's how I measured it, back in 1964 - and how you can measure yours now.
- Don’t panic if you don’t have a tailor’s tape measure handy. You can also use a length of string or ribbon, and then measure it against a ruler.
- Place the string or tape around your head about 3mm above your ear, across the mid-forehead, completely circling your head. Hold the tape firmly, but not super-tightly.
- I’d like you to measure your head exactly where the cap will sit. If your measurement falls between sizes, choose the next size up.
Remember: If you have big hair, you’ll probably need the next size up!
You will need to tell me your size at the time you order.
If you are in such a hurry to get hold of a cap that you don’t have time to measure your head, you could also check the size of another hat that fits: hat sizes are universal… in theory. Don’t see your size? Have a special request?