Curator Georgia Vossou, a conservator for the City of Westminster Archives Centre, said the idea for the show dawned on her — appropriately — during a shopping spree. "I was playing with this idea of creating an exhibition so I could make the history of Regent Street more accessible," she said. With the help of Vivien Knight, curator at the Guildhall Art Gallery, she worked on the project for a year.
The show traces the architectural history of the street, and the shops that have come and gone — such as a barbershop called the Taj Mahal. Long-standing Regent Street stores Jaeger, Aquascutum, Austin Reed and Hamleys donated a big chunk of their own archives to the show. Regent Street was the brainchild of the Prince Regent, later King George IV, and designed by the 19th-century architect John Nash. It wasn't long before the street's name became synonymous with upscale fashion and sophistication. The street is undergoing a $1 billion development program led by The Crown Estate.