Saturday, 28 February 2015

The Carrot On Wheels & the David Bailey Connection, 1965.



                                                      The Carrot On Wheels
I've been curious to know more about The Carrot On Wheels ever since it first came to my attention a few years ago via 'Get Dressed' Millicent Bultitude's guide to London's Boutique's published in 1966, which does indeed give the reader an excellent but very concise description (as you can see in the first scan below).  However, although I've searched every so often, nothing else of note has ever really shown up, apart from a few images of clothing items or the occasional reference to the actual name itself  (usually to be found listed alongside various other unusual/quirky boutique names of the era)...nothing until now that is! I just happened to glance through my copy of Felicity Green's Sex, Sense And Nonsense again yesterday and noticed a snippet of information at the end of an interview with David Bailey which I had somehow previously overlooked.  As it turns out.. he was the original owner! He opened the shop in partnership with model Pat Knight in 1965 (precisely one week after the Daily Mirror article went to print) and also had plans to open an Antique shop the following spring, I have no idea how long the partnership prevailed as the piece in Get Dressed refers to a Gitta Brewer as the owner a year later, so perhaps his involvement was short lived. Either way, it makes perfect sense that he would have a clothes shop at some point, it would seem that it was the thing to do back then after all, to quote the well known journalist Clement Freud (speaking in 1967) 'One feels almost a fool if one doesn't own a boutique'. It's not a lot of new information but it's a good start in the right direction! So for now I'm just going to post what I have and hopefully add to it at a later stage as more comes to light, I'd love to eventually see a photograph of the facade & interior... I find it hard to believe that Bailey opened a boutique without there being some kind of press/publicity coverage, it's got to be out there somewhere! 



                            The Carrot On Wheels in 'Get Dressed'  by Millicent Bultitude, 1966.




Accompanying illustration to The Carrot On Wheels in Get Dressed - A Useful Guide To London's Boutique's.



A chain mail style silver lurex crochet trouser suit 26gns. available from The Carrot on Wheels,  July 1966. Photograph by P.L. James. Model: Venetia.




Red plastic mini dress from The Carrot on Wheels, 84 Fulham Road, London S.W.3, november, 1966. Photograph by P.L. James.
  






Above: some colour stills of the red plastic mini dress as seen in a promotional film for 'Bend It' (Gilbert & George's favourite tune) filmed at The Playboy Club in Park Lane, November 1966.




Far Right: White coat with fox fur trim available from the Carrot On Wheels, as seen in The Daily Mirror September 7, 1966.


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All images scanned by Sweet Jane from the following publications: Get dressed A Useful Guide To London's Boutique's by Millicent Bultitude, RAVE Magazine July 1966, RAVE Magazine November 1966, Sex, Sense And Nonsense, Felicity Green On The '60s Fashion Scene.

                                                                        LINKS
             The original location of The Carrot On Wheels 84 Fulham Road S.W.3, as it is today here.
             My previous post about Sex,Sense And Nonsense, Felicity Green On The Fashion Scene here.
A QUEEN fashion editorial featuring some more items from The Carrot On Wheels on the excellent Get Some Vintage-a-Peel blog here, further information about 'The Bend' dance craze  can be found over at The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit here and finally all things Bailey can be found here.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Crazy About Stockings! 1967 (Pt 2)






Shoes: Charles Jourdan, Classic sweater and skirt: Wolsey Kimberley 126/. the set.  Stockings: Wolsey Kimberley, 10/6.


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                           Image scanned by Sweet Jane from RAVE  magazine november 1967

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Eurofashion 1968




                                                    OUR TEN FOR EUROFASHION

On November 8 (1967), a panel of judges from THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE chose the ten finalists (their work is shown below) who will compete in the British heats of THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE Eurofashion Competition. The response to this contest (the first in which entries from 12 other European countries will compete in the international finals) was even greater than for the one we ran last year when over 3000 people entered. And this year the judges felt the standard of work received was even higher than for the last. Each of the finalists will now make up the three designs shown on their card and these will be judged by a panel of young fashion designers - including John Bates, Gerald McCann and Roger Nelson - who will make the first three awards. The first prize-winner of this heat not only gets THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE cheque for £100, but will go forward as our representative to the Eurofashions finals on March 21 which will be televised by the BBC from the Deating Hall of the Oxford Union.



































Although the Eurofashion International final was televised by the BBC, I couldn't find any trace of film footage, however, while I was researching the event I came across a photograph of the winning entry from the Irish participant Glynis Miller (a graduate of The Grafton Academy of Fashion Design in Dublin) published by the RTÉ Guide in February of 1968, and also a photograph of model Paulene Stone wearing the black dress with midriff detail by Anne Bonnar as illustrated in the THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE article.


Three Eurofashion designs by Irish finalist Glynis Miller, a student of The Grafton Academy of Fashion Design, Dublin.




Oxford England: Twenty - one- year - old Anne Bonnar, a student at the Newcastle College of Art, makes a final adjustment to the dress she has designed for model Paulene Stone - and Britain - in the international Final of the Eurofashion ' 68 contest, which took place at the Oxford Union Debating Hall here tonight. The final of the contest - Open to young men and women under 23 who do not make their living by designing or sewing is the culmination of national contests held simultaneously in 12 participating countries during the past six months. 21 March 1968.

                                                              
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All images & orignal text scanned by Sweet Jane from The Sunday Times Magazine, January 7th, 1968.
*except for the illustrations by Gynis Miller courtesy of the RTÉ Archive & the final photograph of Anne Bonnar with Paulene Stone courtesy of TopFoto Archive.



Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Crazy About Stockings! 1967 (Pt 1)







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                               Image scanned by Sweet Jane from INTRO magazine, September 1967.
                   

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Blow Yourself Up 1968






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                    Image scanned by Sweet Jane from the International Times, March 8th 1968.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Look-Again Look 1966




























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All images scanned by Sweet Jane from RAVE magazine, November 1966. Beauty notes by Lee, Photographs by David Dagley.

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.