Saturday, 24 January 2015

The Maxi Cover-Up 1969

Last summer's revolution in skirt lengths - so mini they stopped just short of perdition - has provoked a counterrevolution. Here it is in full dress, threatening to blanket the U.S. under the maxicoat. The farsighted father of the maxi was the noted pacesetter Buster Keaton, who five years ago wrapped himself in a wretched ankle-warmer to make a movie about a man hiding from the world. No one had expected girls to go to that length of repression. Yet, here is the street-sweeping hemline, replacing the graceful swing of the mini with a strangled gait, a garment that goes up stairs with the greatest reluctance and sets bystanders guffawing when it tries to get on or off a bus. Happily, there are still ways to subvert it...

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All images & original text scanned by Sweet Jane from LIFE, november 7, 1969. Photographs by Arthur Schatz & Steve Shapiro.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Color For The Space Age 1966

The smash of red! The bazaaz of blue! Begin your decorating with the oomphy space age look of Frigidaire Fashion Colors. Your kitchen the "livingest" room in the house-should be the liveliest! Make it look the part with the most dashing refrigerators and ranges you ever saw! Bold, beautiful colors to blend, match, contrast with walls, curtains, cabinets. Imagine Matador Red or Biscayne blue against bone white or lavender! Tahitian Green with sunny yellow. Autumn Haze with dark wood cabinets. What these buoyant colors can do for your kitchen, for your spirits is just short of unbelievable! 

                          Image scanned by Sweet Jane from LIFE magazine 17th June 1966.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

PLEXUS - Wojtek Siudmak 1969

In reality, these illustrations are not much bigger than a large sized postage stamp (approximately 4cm) but they caught my eye nonetheless! They are the work of Polish born artist Wojtek Siudmak, a regular contributor to Plexus the bimonthly French erotic magazine which ran from April 1966 - June 1970, several colourway/design variations of the illustrations were used in the news and reviews sections of the publication throughout 1969/70.  You can view some more examples in one of my previous posts here.

All images scanned by Sweet Jane from Plexus Issue No. 28 October 1969 & Plexus Issue No.25 June 1969. All illustrations by Wojtek Siudmak.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Looking For Laughs 1967

                                                      LOOKING FOR LAUGHS
Confront a modern manufacturer with square pegs and round holes, or vice versa, and he'll make a pair of sunglasses out of these. There was a time when sunglasses were worn only to cut glare and avoid squint lines, but then youth took over. Ever since, "shades" have been as much to look at as through, and designing females buy them less for shielding eyes than for turning heads. This summer's glasses such as those shown above from Debs $4) accelerate the trend-not just attention getting but in many instances funny." It's gotten so," says one manufacturer, "we could sell them even without lenses."

      Eyes shaped like a Halloween mask are created with a plastic overlay on the lenses (Foster Grant $5).

Other sunglasses resemble anything from insect eyes to ice cream parlor awnings. Above, striped fabric covers top half of the lenses, lower half is shadowed by a canopy (Renauld, $9).

                        Above, Dog-bone shaped pair has border of Paisley print (Renauld, $8).

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All images & original text scanned by Sweet Jane from LIFE 16 June 1967. Photographs by Charles P Mills & Lee Boultin

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Sex, Sense And Nonsense: Felicity Green On The '60s Fashion Scene

A few scans from Sex, Sense And Nonsense which hit the shelves a couple of days ago (pubilshed on the 29th of October to be precise). It contains an amazing collection of archival images and information from the fashion pages of the Daily Mirror while it was under the direction of pioneering journalist and Fleet Street legend Felicity Green during one of the most prolific and innovative decades in design, which makes it an invaluable document of just about every major new trend and look exactly as it was featured in the newspaper at the time! Among others, you can expect to find the work of Mary Quant, Andre Courrèges, Ossie Clark, Emmanuelle Khan, John Bates, Rudi Gernreich, The Fool and Barbara Hulanicki (as both illustrator and designer). 

It was of course Felicity Green who gave the fledgling Biba Postal Boutique its first big break into the fashion arena via the now infamous Daily Mirror feature in may of 1964, which resulted in the production of 17,000 pink gingham Biba dresses (otherwise known as 'the dress that started it all')...and the rest as they say is history! I can't recommend the book highly enough, this brief preview barely does it justice ( there are 192 pages in total!) is without a doubt a 'must have!' Purchase details & further information can be found through the links at the end of the page.

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All images scanned by Sweet Jane from Sex, Sense and Nonsense: Felicity Green On The '60s Fashion Scene, published by ACC Editions.

                                                Read about Felicity Green's Career here.
                         Listen to an interview with  Felicity Green on Desert Island Discs here
     See Felicity Green in conversation with Eve Pollard on Tuesday the 4th of November here.
  Purchase & preview a copy of Sex, Sense And Nonsense: Felicity Green On The '60s Fashion Scene here. 


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Hit Knits - Mary Farrin 1967

Set-the scene ideas by 'Mary Farrin', Sleek, simple lines. Imaginative colours. (Left) Cuddle-soft angora in sugar-almond shades or black, edged with white £11 19s. 6d. (Right) Smooth wool. Grounds of orange, turquoise, beige, green, mustard or navy £9 17s 6d. 

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                               Image scanned by Sweet Jane from Vogue September 1967

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Beauty Routine ..Milton Glaser 1967

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All images scanned by Sweet Jane from Seventeen magazine September 1967. Original illustrations by Milton Glaser.