Monday, 22 October 2018

Les Collections de Printemps (1970) Laroche, Dior, Saint-Laurent, Courrèges, Phillipe Venet and Louis Feraud

              Les Collections de Printemps

                     Légendes du Dossier Haute Couture     

Designer Haute Couture, Guy Laroche,  Yves Saint-Laurent , Maxi Coats, Paris Fashion, illustration 1970

Left: Laroche, coat-dress plus matching trousers in pearl grey Woolmark 100% virgin wool crépe by Moreau. Right: Saint-Laurent midi coat in gaberdine, and Scotlaine pure worsted cotton high-waisted trousers with turn-ups.

Designer Phillipe Venet Midi Coat Paris Fashion Illustration 1970

                                              Phillipe Venet: Reversible beige and green Nattier wool midi coat.

Yves Saint-Laurent and Christian Dior Paris Fashion illustration Hélène Majera.1970
Left: Saint-Laurent white Forneris cashmere trousers with turn-ups, and royal blue Abraham crépe de chine blouse. Right: Christian Dior midi coat in beige wool. Below, very high waisted, cropped, wide legged pants, with buckle closure at the side.

Andre Courrèges Paris Fashion Illustration Hélène Majera.1970
                          Courrèges: Crépe combination embellished with large orange and green plastic circles.

Louis Feraud, Maxi Coat, Paris Fashion Illustration Hélène Majera.1970

                              Louis Feraud 100% Buccol wool, white midi length coat with silver metal ring detail.

Christian Dior Maxi Coat,  Paris Fashion Illustration Hélène Majera.1970
             Christian Dior reversible wool maxi coat, Racine jersey pants and Bianchini crépe georgette blouse.

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All images scanned for the Sweet Jane blog from Dépèche Mode, March 1970, with thanks to The Sweet Book's Brad Jones. Illustrated by Hélène Majera. View part one of Les Collections de Printemps (1970) and more from the Paris collections for Spring 1970 in my previous posts Paris in the 70s illustrated by Leslie Chapman for Petticoat Magazine and The Ad-Lib Fashion Show at a Paris Bistro, photographed by Enrico Sarsini for LIFEDiscover the surprisingly rich and illustrious history behind trouser Turn-Ups via The Trouser Department I. Read The Story of Guy Laroche Couturier. And finally, you'll find some excellent examples of the Woolmark fabric manufacturers Moreau, Scotlaine and Forneris as featured in this post from the same period over on Vads (the online resource for the visual arts), and also the design archive from the Bianchini-Férier Textile estate via The Design Library. 

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Fun to live with: Designers Jon Wealleans and Jane Hill (1971)

                                   FUN TO LIVE WITH!

                                                        Jon Wealleans and Jane Hill.

1970s interior designers Jon Wealleans and Jane Hill, London

1970s interior design, Mr Freedom shop London, Jon Wealleans, Jane Hill

Left: An unusual escalator roller blind, which has been silk-screen printed in red and black, on cotton. Right: Plump and luxuriously cosy, quilted cushions, with 'Thirties' motifs. Photographs by Tim Street-Porter.

Jon Wealleans design Mr Freedom London 1970s
A false teeth sofa, with a soft and life-like tongue for some idle lounging. Designed by Jon Wealleans and upholstered by Felicity Youett, it's sold by Mr Freedom for £160. Photograph by Tim Street-Porter.

Jon Wealleans 1970s interior design Mr Freedom London

Candy-floss coloured and metallic PVC, intriguing foam-filled and interlocking Jigsaw seats, can be pieced together or else used separately. Photograph by Tim Street-Porter.

Jon Wealleans Mr Freedom design London 1970s

Jon Wealleans photographed at home with his PVC Jigsaw seat design, each unit was available for £30 from Mr Freedom.

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All images scanned by Sweet Jane from 19 Magazine, March, 1971. Original article by Penny Junor. All photographs by Tim Street-Porter. Except for the final photograph of Jon Wealleans at home which was scanned from 70s Style & Design by Dominic Lutyens and Kirsty Hislop. Discover more about about Jon Wealleans and his work in my book review Mr Freedom Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero by Paul Gorman. View Jon Wealleans working drawings for Mr Freedom: The greatest boutique ever, ever, ever? over on The Look - a fascinating insight into the creation of Mr Freedom in Kensington. Spend 5 minutes with Jon Wealleans (Mr Freedom's interior architect) on Rebel Rebel Anti-Style. View Jane Wealleans (nee Hill's) designs for OK Textiles Ltd in the 1970s.  'Why are you doing it? And if you stop doing it, would anybody care?' an interview with Jane for the Local Legends Research Project. Plus a Q&A with Jane, Founder and Director of Jane Wentworth Associates. And finally, some fantastic examples of  work designed & photographed by Howard Grey and made by Felicity Youett in 1967 and 1968.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Biba: Kensington Church Street (1966)

A two page feature on Biba which was included in a fairly extensive report about the 'Long-haired English Scene' for Paris Match, published just a month after the shop had relocated from Abingdon Road to the new larger premises at 19-21 Kensington Church Street in March of 1966. This report also predates the more widely known Time Magazine 'London―The Swinging City' edition of the same year, which proclaimed London as the city of the decade and cited Biba as the 'most in Shop' for girls, by two weeks. 


          The mini-skirt conquers the street but not the old Londoners!

A strange shop, Kensington Church Street. Only a sort of porthole hints at what it hides—inside the 1900 decor, with garnet and gold wallpaper, green plants and old mahogany furniture, hundreds of ultra-short dresses hang from hangers!  Their price—less than 50 francs, and an uninterrupted stream of young people from all walks of life, from fourteen to twenty, fight over them. This is the latest fashion store. The name is "Biba". Tomorrow, in a nearby street, yet another new shop will open, and it too will attract many people: even if it seems to appear willingly old fashioned, because one of the main concerns of the new generation is "good" clothing. There are cases of young girls who buy ten dresses a week.

Sweet Jane blog: Biba boutique art nouveau facade by Antony Little 1966

                           A mini-skirted customer enters Biba, 19-21 Kensington Church Street, (March 1966).

Sweet Jane blog: Biba shop window by Antony Little 1966

On the outside looking in, a passer-by peers through the mysterious window at Biba, Kensington Church Street, (March 1966). 

window shopping Biba Kensington London 1966
Two passers-by photographed through the shop window designed by Antony Little at Biba, Kensington Church Street (March, 1966).

Sweet Jane blog: Biba shop window by Antony Little 1966.

Yet another curious passerby caught on camera through the Art Nouveau window designed by Antony Little for Biba, 19-21  Kensington Church Street (March, 1966).

Sweet Jane blog: Biba shop assistant Kensington Church Street 1966

                                             Biba sales assistant, Kensington Church Street, (March, 1966).                                                     

Biba owner Stephen Fitzsimon and Biba shopgirls 1966

Stephen Fitz-Simon photographed with the sales assistants Dee Dee, Eva, Sarah, Monique (in background), Rosy, Biruta (Barbara Hulanicki's younger sister) and Susie, at Biba, 19-21 Kensington Church Street (March, 1966).                                   
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All images scanned by Sweet Jane from Paris Match, Issue No. 886, April 2nd, 1966. Photographer unknown/uncredited in the original publication. Further reading about the aforementioned Time Magazine 'London: The Swinging City' issue published April 15th 1966 via 'The Youngest Legend in History: Cultures of  Consumption and the Mythologies of Swinging London' by David Gilbert, for The London Journal. View some of my previous posts about Biba at 19-21 Kensington Church Street, including this fantastic 'full colour' feature for LOOK Magazine published a year later Biba: London's Mini Mecca (1967); Biba: Mini, Minier, Miniest! (1967).  Another view through that Art Nouveau window in The Swinging Revolution (1966). Four minutes and forty-one seconds inside Biba Kensington Church St. More about the man behind the Art Nouveau window design: Biba Artist & Interior Designer Antony Little and also Antony Little: Beardsley, Biba, and BeyondAnd finally, one for all those curious passers-by, Little Anthony & the Imperials - I'm On The Outside (Looking In).

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Harry Fenton Session Clobber (1966)

                                                    SESSION CLOBBER
The current required look for rehearsals—and for any occasion when you want to look great and feel easy is the Fenton ''Man in White'' look. Rugged white waister 39/6d—white Flair line hipster 39/6d—white Nylon polo sweater 39/6d. 


1960s Mod Fashion Menswear print advert

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Image scanned by Sweet Jane from the New Musical Express No.1010, May 20th, 1966. View another Harry Fenton of Shaftesbury Avenue print advert from 1966 in one of my previous posts Harry Fenton Flare Up! (1966). That Ealing moment: The Man in the White Suit (1951). The Rolling Stones Paint It Black, Brian Jones dresses in white (1966). "Tell 'em to wear f**kin' white and come when I callDig! (2004).  And finally, Whatever Happened to Harry Fenton? 

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

From Mary Quant, a completely new look! (1970)

              From Mary Quant, a completely new look!
Why should it just be Nature who changes her face for Autumn? Wine-dark Autumn colours to wear against a pale, powdered face. Jeepers Peepers eyeshadow in six rich colours; a new Shadow Stick in mahogany; four new moist lipsticks in colours like crushed grapes; and four toning nail polishes.

Mary Quant Make-Up 1970s

Mary Quant Make-Up

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All images scanned by Sweet Jane from 19 Magazine, November 1970. Photographer and Model uncredited. View some of my previous Mary Quant Make-Up posts ➽ Co-ordinated Quant (1966); Mary Quant gives you the Bare Essentials (1966); Mary Quant Cosmetics (1967); The Five Faces of Twiggy (1968) in which, Twiggy's 'Ginger Rogers' look is achieved using Mary Quant Make-Up. Film footage of Mary Quant and her Make-Up range (1968). View Mary Quant - Una donna un paese (1972) almost 20 minutes of fantastic Quant and London street fashion filmed around the King's Road and Chelsea area, plus an extensive interview with Mary (over dubbed in Italian). Visit Mary Quant Cosmetics Ltd.. The forthcoming retrospective exhibition Mary Quant at the V&A, opens on Saturday, 6th April 2019. Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution (1952-1977) opens February 8th 2019 at the Fashion and Textile Museum—this exhibition presents the fashion, design and art of the Chelsea Set; a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists who redefined the concept of youth and challenged the established order in 1950s London. At the forefront of this group of young revolutionaries were Mary Quant and Terence Conran. And finally, “Days decrease, and Autumn grows, Autumn in everything." (1971). 

Monday, 13 August 2018

Pinch the shirt off his back! Mr Fish, Take 6, Lord John, and The Westerner (1968)

                          PINCH THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK!
Girls are stripping men of their shirts! Well, not bodily, but girls are crowding into men's stores to snap up their snappy shirts. Is it because we're envious? Because we're being outshone by dazzlingly dressed males? We ask leading menswear firms the reason for this shirt stampede. Here are their answers, plus a few of our own.

1960s Shirt

Cecil Gee say girls go for the gorgeous colours now available: pinks, purples, greens, yellows, deep blue. Girls all over the place flock to buy these bright colours that they can't get in blouses in the women's shops!  Mr Fish make some of the most beautiful (and expensive!) shirts in London. They specialize in made-to-measure shirts that are romantically patterned in silk, some with huge bloused sleeves—and girls go for this look so much that twenty-five per cent of their customers are female. In fact Mr Fish are happy to steal girls' ideas for their shirts and make them up for men.  Carnaby Street Shops find that girls go for the cut of their shirts, which they say have been tapering into the waist for a long time now. The pretty colours and flowery patterns obviously suit girls as well as men, and sizes in Carnaby Street tend to be skinnier too: a size 14 in shirts is about the same as a size 12 blouse.  Take Six who make the nearest thing to a blouse for a men-roll collared, buttoned down the back, in heavy satin—are selling over sixty a day in their Gt. Marlborough Street shop, a lot of them to girls for evening wear.  John Michael say that girls descend in flocks on their Westerner shops tracking down the genuine John Wayne look: the very fitted western shirts are pounced on, together with fringed leather waistcoats. Lots of super coloured shirts at all their branches too. And this is probably the key to the whole trend—there are shirts to suit every mood: pick the right one and you can look like a wild thirties gipsy, a dashing cowgirl, romantically Byronesque, in fact, very, very feminine. And now that shirts are so much more shaped you needn't swim in baggy folds around the waist: sleeves are still very long—they're cut to be long on a man, so that cuffs show under jackets—but most girls like the fragile ''little girl lost in a man's shirt'' effect this gives. And girls' blouses still can't match the crispness of men's shirts, and the shapeliness of collars which never go limp and curled up in the wash. So pick your look, and your shirt, from the five shown here, and discover that a shirt doesn't always ''look better on a man!''

1960s shirt fashion Mr Fish, The Beatles Apple Boutique

Wildly romantic in a gipsy-sleeved silky shirt, dark blue with burnt orange and white. Mr Fish, 8gns. Sizes 14-16, several colours available, from Mr Fish, 17 Clifford Street, London W.1 (or by post 2s 6d. extra). Skirt in orange crêpe designed by The Fool, 4½ gns., for Apple Boutique, 94 Baker Street, London W.1. Sashed with a silk scarf, scattered with silver jewellery, all from Indiacraft.

vintage 1960s shirt by Mr Fish Clifford Street London

An example of the Mr.Fish shirt photographed above, in one of the alternative colour options as mentioned. Although this item sold in 2014, there are several excellent detailed photographs of it still available to view courtesy of Vic and Bertie Vintage...well worth a look!

vintage 1960s fashion Mr Fish kipper tie and Take 6 boutique floral shirt Carnaby street

Stunningly efficient in a creamy shirt delicately flowered and high collared, from all branches of Take 6, 60s. 6d.. Clotted cream kipper tie Mr Fish, 2 gns. (other colours available), Mr. Fish, 17 Clifford Street, London W.1.. Camel skirt, Etam, 19s. 11d. (other colours available) from all branches of Etam. Patent belt buckled in Tortoise-shell, Otto Glanz, price about 36s. 9d., from  Selfridges, Oxford Street, London W.1. Tortoise-shell winter sunspecs, Oliver Goldsmith, approximately 6 gns., from most leading Opticians.

vintage 1960s western style shirt from The Westerner old compton street

Wildly Western in a beige John Wayne shirt from The Westerner, 79 gns. 6d. (other colours available), The Westerner, Oxford Street, London, W.1. and Old Compton Street, London W.1. New twist to the jeans theme, black corded cotton with white stitching, Separates Centre, 3 gns.  Available from the Separates Centre, Oxford Street, London W.1 and Girl, Kings Road, London, S.W.3. Huge buckled military belt from Moss Bros., £4 10s., paisley silk scarf from a selection at Indiacraft.

Schoolmarmish (as no schoolmarm ever looked) in a brilliantly flowered shirt with high button-down collar, from all branches of Lord John, 60s. 11d., aubergine knitted mohair waistcoat by John Stephen, 79s. 8d., John Stephen, 52-55, Carnaby Street.

vintage fashion 1960s satin roll-collared shirt Take 6 boutique Carnaby Street

Pure glamour in a white satin roll-collared shirt, deeply cuffed and buttoned in pearl, from all branches of  Take 6, priced 4 gns.  Squared pewter brooch, studded with amethyst coloured stones, Adrien Mann, approximately 2 gns.

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All images scanned by Sweet Jane from Intro Magazine, January, 1968, with special thanks to Kirstin Sibley for the gift! Photographer and model uncredited. More fashion for him & her from The Boyfriend book (1970). An excerpt from Sex and Unisex: Fashion Feminism, and the Sexual Revolution by Jo B. Paoletti on Pop Matters. Examples of Le Masculin Féminin fashion trend from Dépèche Mode (1971). Just Dandy: The Style and Legacy of Mr Fish. Terry Rawlings interviews Warren Gold of Lord John, Carnaby Street (Part One) and you'll find the rest of the Warren Gold/Lord John interview here in Part Two. More from The Westerner in Rags for Riders (1971). John Stephen of Carnaby Street womenswear. John Michael Ingram: The Menswear designer whose refined tailoring made his clothes and shops a favourite of 1960s mods. The Victoria and Albert Museum's Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear Collection. And finally, Clothes by Mr.Fish, Douglas Hayward, Blades and other tailors, who see nothing sissy about finery for men, and are influencing the ready-to-wear racks (1968).

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Wrangler Jeans & Jackets Print Advert (1970)

             WRANGLER JEANS AND JACKETS (1970)

Wrangler Logo 1970

Cool gear for cool people. Jeans and jackets designed for the tough life. In denim or soft corduroy. Make the scene in a new pair of pants in parallels or flares. Get hooked on any of 13 shades—like red, lemon, petrol blue, loden, wheat, white, black, rosé and antelope. They're great. They're Wranglers. For illustrated brochure, send postcard to: Wrangler Jeans, Dept. N7, Blue Bell, Colwick Industrial Estate, Nottingham, NG4 2DP.

Sweet Jane Blog Vintage 1970s Wrangler Jeans illustrated advert

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Image scanned by Sweet Jane from 19 Magazine, October 1970. Artist uncredited. View some of my previous 1970s Jeans posts: Just Jeans! (1972); Wrangler denim jackets from The Westerner and wide flare denim jeans from The Emperor of Wyoming in Rags for Riders (1971) ;  Lee Jeans (1970) and The Debutante in Blue Jeans—Tom Wolfe (1970). Discover more about Denim via Jean Genie: The Denim Evolution; View Wrangler's 1970s adverts archive, and finally, The Wrangler way of life (1978).

Monday, 9 July 2018

Les Collections de Printemps (1970) Dior, Cardin, Patou, Nina Ricci & Saint-Laurent

                            Les Collections de Printemps 

                    Légendes Du Dossier Haute Couture



(Above) Dior: Abraham black crépe de chine mid-calf dress, Cheval black leather and tortoiseshell belt, religious folds in the bodice!

(Left) Cardin Harem pants, bright yellow satin crépe blouse by Léonard. (Right) Saint-Laurent Flower dress with godets, made in a marvellous voile printed with red-gold Qiana nylon yarns.


             (Above): Cardin Maxi length dress, slit at front, with bell sleeves in double pistachio green pure wool.           


(Left) Patou's Maxi Dress in Veron's fibranne fabric,  in café au lait, white and red. (Right) Féraud: Beige cotton gabardine dress with Courtelle knit inlay and matching trousers.


      (Above) Nina Ricci: Chatillon, striped shantung canvas dress, zip closure, braided leather belt and suede  bow.

(Left) Cardin: Maxi dress in golden salmon and lilac Crépe de Chine, long vest on dress, low belt and collar in vinyl maroon.  (Right) Dior: Crépe de Chine dress, printed in red, yellow and black.

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All images scanned for the Sweet Jane blog from Dépèche Mode, March 1970, with thanks to Brad Jones. Illustrations by Hélène Majera, View some more examples of Paris fashion from Spring 1970 in my previous posts The Ad-Lib Fashion Show at a Paris Bistro (1970) and Paris in the 70s, the Spring Collections Petticoat Magazine (1970). Another fashion report on the new longer lengths from the same period—the Maxi Look from Biba in Jours De France (1970). And finally, discover more about Qiana the luxury, silk-like, nylon fibre introduced to the fashion industry by Du Pont in 1968 through its association with various Couture Houses.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

A Raver's Holiday Guide (1967)

                        A RAVER'S HOLIDAY GUIDE!

An all-happening guide for ravers spending their summer in Britain! Where to go, what to do, how much it can cost, and how to have fun the rave way. In the next seven pages we spotlight six of the swingiest resorts in Britain. So read on, and have yourself a RAVING holiday....

                             A Raver's Holiday Guide Maps illustrated by Alan Parry (April 1967). 



Read all about where the action is at the rave resorts, and find  your way there with these special rave maps!

                                                                 Illustration by Alan Parry (1967).

                                                                   Illustration by Alan Parry (1967).

                         ☀☀☀ A RAVER'S GUIDE TO GT. YARMOUTH ☀☀☀                                 


                  ☀☀☀ A RAVER'S GUIDE TO BOURNEMOUTH ☀☀☀                                

              ☀☀☀ A RAVER'S HOLIDAY GUIDE TO SOUTHEND ☀☀                                


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All images scanned by Sweet Jane from RAVE Magazine April I967. Illustrations by Alan Parry. Photographer and models uncredited.  View some more illustrations by Alan Parry for Rave in my previous posts: The Pop Market - A Raver's Guide to the Portobello Road Market (1966); The British Boutique Boom! (Part One) and (Part Two) 1965. The Summer of Love filmed around Brighton in 1967 on a standard 8 cine camera. Queen's Park, the sea front, Preston Park's Rock Garden, Brighton Pavilion all make brief appearances. The short lived Biba Boutique at 21 Queen's Road, Brighton—“It was very much the Brighton of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock,” says Hulanicki! Discover more about Swinging Bournemouth—Dorset TV producer Roger Hopkins, grew up in Poole and, by 1963, was cutting his professional teeth as a freelance photographer feeding on Bournemouth’s burgeoning nightclub scene. Memories of watching The Who in Great Yarmouth in the Swinging Sixties. Jimi Hendrix Lays Wild Thing On Blackpool, 1967Northern innocents have ears blown by psychedelic sonic attack!  And finally, I think it's safe to say that it is most definitely Summer in the City!

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