Art & Hue is pleased to present a new collection of stylish pop art inspired by images from the photographic archives of the cult 1960s British TV show.
The largest Art & Hue pop art collection to date, with 24 unique art prints, all Art & Hue prints are on 310gsm fine art archival matte paper, made from 100% cotton, using pigment inks which last lifetimes.
2017 marks 50 years since the first colour episodes of The Avengers in 1967.
Broadcast on ITV in the UK and ABC in the USA, the show defined the 1960s, running from 1961 to 1969, during which time The Avengers fought off Russian double-agents, dodgy politicians, and power-crazed businessmen across London – how times have changed!
Despite the subject matter, not a single drop of blood was shown in The Avengers’ encounters with their enemies and Patrick Macnee insisted that his character Steed did not use a gun after the first two seasons, hence the use of an umbrella and a steel bowler hat as his weapons of choice.
The international success of the series lay in the marvellous chemistry between the two lead actors. Combining the unique talents of Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg into one TV show created a global phenomenon which exported Swinging Sixties London as well as British humour & style across the world.
Perpetually Stylish Fashion Icons
Transcending fickle trends, The Avengers have been perpetually stylish for over 50 years. Paragons of elegance and ingenuity, The Avengers became instant fashion icons with famous London designers wanting to work on the show.
Honor Blackman’s tough leather outfits made a lasting impression on audiences and her “kinky” boots led to a song, recorded by Honor & Patrick Macnee.
John Bates, credited with inventing the mini-skirt, created a wonderful monochrome op-art collection especially for Emma Peel, then Alun Hughes designed the iconic jumpsuits which became known as “Emmapeelers”.
There aren’t many men who can carry off the impeccable uniform of a quintessential English gent yet Patrick Macnee looked like he was born in a bowler hat. Always immaculate, John Steed was sartorial perfection in his Savile Row tailoring, most of which he apparently co-designed.
The Avengers collection of exclusive pop art prints is available for a limited-time only.
Patrick Macnee, who sadly passed away in June 2015, was a unique actor who had charm and a cheeky twinkle in his eye, with the manners of the most polite British gentleman yet believability as a spy which no doubt came from his military background in the Royal Navy.
An accomplished equal to Steed, Honor Blackman led the way on British television in the 1960s as Dr Cathy Gale, a woman who could take on villains in a traditionally male role. The story goes that the part was originally written for a man but with no time to adjust the scripts, Honor Blackman pioneered the first strong female character on British TV.
Stylish, elegant, and with idiosyncratic pronunciation, Diana Rigg is a true one-off who could captivate an audience by reading the phone book.
The international influence of Diana Rigg as Emma Peel should not be underestimated. Whilst the cast and crew have since stated they didn’t realise the impact a female co-lead would have at the time, seeing Diana Rigg take the role of an independent woman to another level after Honor Blackman was globally ground-breaking.
When Diana Rigg drove into the sunset with Mr. Peel, the baton to be Steed’s partner was passed to the first non-amateur spy, played by Linda Thorson. Whilst Mrs Peel’s departure upset devotees of the character, Tara King secured her own fans who fell for her ever-changing hair and outfits, as well as her resourcefulness.
Innovative at the time and enthralling to this day, The Avengers have inspired this new exclusive collection of pop art by Art & Hue. Take a look at the art prints below.
>>> Meeting Mrs Peel! BFI update <<<
If you want to relive the series, or discover it anew, the complete collection is available as a DVD box set or you can find the Emma Peel episodes on Blu-ray.
UPDATE: As well as the BFI, Art & Hue had the pleasure of meeting Dame Diana Rigg again recently at Elstree Studios – read about the celebration of 1960s TV here.