Sunday, 21 August 2011

Hapshash and The Coloured Coat | The Psychedelic Poster Art of Michael English and Nigel Waymouth

The Psychedelic Poster Art of Michael English and Nigel Waymouth

The artists Michael English and Nigel Waymouth began working together as a design team shortly after they first met in late 1966, primarily to produce posters for UFO (pronounced Yoof-oh) an all-nighter club on the London underground scene founded by Joe Boyd and John 'Hoppy' Hopkins, which was located in the basement of an Irish dancehall known as 'The Blarney Club' at number 31 Tottenham Court Road. The new music venue first opened its doors to the public on the 23rd of December 1966, regular live acts included Pink Floyd and The Soft Machine, the light shows were psychedelic, the food available was macrobiotic, the films screened were of the Warhol/Kenneth Anger variety, and you could stay there from dusk 'til dawn―it was the ultimate night tripper! Up until this point in time, Michael had been working as a free-lance graphic artist within the counterculture scene but had also previously designed pop art logos for 'Gear' boutique in Carnaby street. And Nigel (along with his partners John Pearse and Sheila Cohen) was the proprietor of 'Granny Takes A Trip'—London's first psychedelic boutique which had opened just before Christmas in December 1965, where he was involved in designing some of the clothes and also the decor, and it wasn't long before the outlet at 488 King's Road had gained a reputation via its highly unusual and innovative facade.

The pair had been aware of each other's work for some time, and hit it off immediately when they were eventually introduced. They initially called themselves Cosmic Colours, their first and only known collaboration using this name being a record promo poster for The Purple Gang's 'Granny Takes a Trip' single in 1967. They subsequently changed the name to Jacob And The Coloured Coat for their second collaboration (the 'Luv Me' film productions Ltd poster) before finally settling on the moniker of Hapshash And The Coloured Coat in March of 1967 for the rest of their working partnership, which although relatively short lived, proved to be very successful. The individual styles of the two artists complimented each other perfectly, and over an 18 month period they produced some of the most beautiful psychedelic posters of the '60s era. During their creative partnership they also recorded an LP backed by The Heavy Metal Kids (who went on to form Spooky Tooth). The album was produced by Guy Stevens, originally a well known DJ at the influential Scene Club in London, who later produced records for artists such as Mott The Hoople, Free and the Mighty Baby, but is probably best known for his production on The Clash's highly acclaimed 1979 London Calling.

A major retrospective exhibition of the sixties work of Nigel Waymouth takes place at The Idea Generation Gallery in London next month, you can expect to see artwork from Hapshash And The Coloured Coat, designs from Granny Takes A Trip, including the original sign which hung above the shop door declaring (in the words of Oscar Wilde) that 'One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art', as well as photographs and ephemera from Nigel's personal collection. The exhibition aptly titled 'Hapshash Takes A Trip' opens on the 9th of September and runs until the 2nd of October 2011. A tube ride or a walk away for all you lucky Londoners, a train or plane trip away for the rest of us, but for anyone interested in this particular era,  definitely not to be missed! 

Left to right; Michael English, Nigel Waymouth and Guy Stevens (record producer).

UFO MK 2, March 1967 designed by Michael English/Nigel Waymouth.

The Exterior of Granny Takes A Trip Boutique, 488 King's Road, London. 


Record promo poster for Granny Takes a Trip by The Purple Gang. Designed and illustrated by Cosmic Colours (1967).

UFO COMING club poster to promote The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown And The Soft Machine, Liverpool Love Festival, June 16th & 23rd, designed by Hapshash And The Coloured Coat,  1967.                                    

Poster for Hung On You Boutique, 430 King's Road by Hapshash And The Coloured Coat, 1967.

Pink Floyd, July 28 UFO Club designed by Hapshash And The Coloured Coat, 1967.

Outside the 'Hung On You' Boutique at 430 Kings Road, Summer 1967...there are very few photographs of the shop at this particular location when compared to the numerous images taken at the previous Cale St premises. But if you look behind these two fine exponents of hippie chic, you will notice that the two posters directly above this photograph are on display in the shop window.


'Luv Me' Film Productions Ltd, designed by Jacob And The Coloured Coat, 1967. 

Soft Machine, 'Turn On' record promo, designed by Hapshash And The Coloured Coat, 1967. 

Julie Felix, 18th April, Royal Albert Hall, designed by Hapshash And The Coloured Coat, 1968. 

The Move, Marquee Club, July 11 1967, designed by Hapshash And The Coloured Coat.

Record Promo for 'Art', What's That Sound, designed by Hapshash And The Coloured Coat, 1967. 


 'Welcome Cosmic Visitors' designed by Hapshash And The Coloured Coat, 1967.

Tomorrow record promo poster for their single My White Bicycle, designed by Jacob And The Coloured Coat, 1967. This and the 'Luv Me' film production Ltd poster are perhaps the only known two which were designed while using this moniker. I have seen the image of the poster for My White Bicycle credited to Hapshash and the Coloured Coat on numerous occasions, however, if you look at the close-up detail in the scan below (taken from High Art, A History of the Psychedelic Poster by Ted Owen and Denise Dickson) you will see that it is clearly signed Jacob and The Coloured Coat.

Tomorrow record promo poster for their single My White Bicycle, designed by Jacob And The Coloured Coat (1967).

One of a series of Saville Theatre posters, commissioned by Brian Epstein to promote upcoming gigs by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Tomorrow, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Georgie Fame and Eric Burdon etc, designed by Hapshash And The Coloured Coat, 1967.

Position 70, OZ Magazine supplement, designed by Hapshash And The Coloured Coat, 1967.

All images scanned by Sweet Jane from: High Art A History Of The Psychedelic Poster by Ted Owen & Denise Dickson. 1966 And All That - Design And The Consumer in Britain 1960-1969 by Jennifer Harris, Sarah Hyde & Greg Smith. Boutique London a History: King's Road to Carnaby Street by Richard Lester, and It Was Twenty Years Ago Today by Derek Taylor.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Get On The Quant Wavelength (Pt. Two)┃Honey Magazine (1967)


The Quant Formula in Fashion

Karate-cut belted beach-coat in towelling, McManus, 8½ gns. Twiggy wears a Roomy zippered up smock-coat, Daiquiri, 9½, gns. Slip-over sloppy-top, Wham, 5 gns. ; teamed with wide-flaring pants banded in white, Bam, £5 19s. 6d.

Left: Arm-banded, blouson doublet dress in Velour, Humbug, 11 gns. Right: Halter-hung clingy cut away dress, Kinkajou, 9½ gns

Cream and boy-blue gaberdine, school-girl katie dress, Tosher, 8 gns. Collarless button-through shirt jacket, Claudius, 5 gns. over slim jim pants, No Nonsense, 99s. 6d. Zippered track-suit top, armbanded, Surprise Packet, 7½ gns. shortie -short culotte skirt, Short Circuit 59s.69d.       

Butcher-blue stitched in white, rain-tenting by Mary Quant for Alligator, 9 gns. Twiggy wears Co-ordinated blue/white stripes in brushed denim butler waistcoat, Jeeves, 4gns. team-up with skirt, Winnie, 79s. 6d. and white tricel shirt with wider-than-wide tie, Wilfred, 5 gns. Button-up coat to match, 11½ gns. All by Mary Quant for The Ginger Group
All images scanned by Sweet Jane from a Honey Magazine Special 1967. All photographs by Peter Mullett. View Part Two of  On The Quant Wavelength. And also some of my previous Quant related posts Twiggy & The Dandy Look - (1967); Queen Magazine 1968: Ossie Clark & Mary QuantThe 21 Shop: Vogue October (1965) - Mary Quant, Foale & Tuffin, Ossie Clark, James Wedge, Gerald McCann; Young Pacesetter (1965); and Knickerbocker Glory (1970). Update: 7th June 2018—the V&A have announced a forthcoming Mary Quant Retrospective Exhibition, opening 6th April 2019 until 8th March 2020. The exhibition will bring together over 200 objects, drawn from the V&A’s extensive fashion holdings, which includes the largest collection of Mary Quant garments in the world, as well as the designer’s personal archive and important international loans, the majority of which have never been on public display. To help the V&A bring the exhibition further to life, the museum is also launching a #WeWantQuant public call-out to track down rare Mary Quant garments and gather personal stories.


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

The Miniskirt is here to stay!┃Time Magazine (1967)

The miniskirt is here to stay! 



Rudi Gernreich's fancies for spring vary dramatic minis with a diaper-like design derived from the Orient, a Siamese-inspired skirt with trousers, or Domino-like sacks which end in billowing bloomers. He also achieves new heights of nudity by using transparent vinyl straps, both in bathing suits and the loose shroud worn by his favourite model Peggy Moffit.


The most visual, persistent and audacious element of the new fashions is the miniskirt. In the three years since it made its first real appearance in small, offbeat boutiques and far-out discotheques, it has surged onto the campuses, into the offices, out on the avenue-anywhere at all that youth defiantly chooses to show its colors. By general agreement, a true mini rises to just mid-thigh. But with dresses growing shorter by the season, whole new categories have had to be advanced. ''Now,'' notes one San Francisco designer, ''there is the micro-mini, the micro-micro, the 'Oh My God' and the 'Hello Officer.' ''

'Soccer Suit' by Paraphernalia's Betsey Johnson $40. Photographer: Ken Regan. 

Geoffrey Beene, expensive, autocratic and much sought after, just now likes the look of a feathery skirt contrasting with a tight, brightly striped bodice $675. Photographer: Ben Martin.   

Metallic Silver Fishnet mini by Paraphernalia $26. Photographer: Ken Regan.

Orange Cross Strap Grecian Bodice style mini by Jacques Tifleau $185. Photographer: Richard Meek.

White organza and lace petal mini evening dress with matching shorts by Oscar De La Renta $475. Photographer: Richard Meek.

Black baby doll dress with white lace bib $275, which manages to be simultaneously demure and provocative, by Bill Blass. Photographer: Richard Meek.

Flapper-like shift derived from the '20s with sequins $1,100 and ostrich-feather skirt with a patent-leather bow $425 both by Geoffrey Beene. Photographer: Ben Martin.


The mini skirt at work, rest and play 1967....


In her working clothes, Producer Pat Layman tinkers with a new TV commercial at a Manhattan ad agency. Among her credits: ''It's a Dirty World'' (Band-Aid). Photographer: Ormond Gigli.

All images scanned by Sweet Jane from an original issue of Time Magazine. published December 1st, 1967.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Queen Magazine in the Sixties (Part 2)

Queen Magazine

 in the Sixties

8th of May 1968. One of the five faces of Twiggy...This version is inspired by Ginger Rogers. The others-and how she creates them are on pages 76-81. Twiggy's white tie, tails and top hat are from Bermans, the theatrical costumiers, and her shoes are from Charles Jourdan. The Photograph is by Justin De Villeneuve.

30th April-13th May 1969. Make-up by Harriet Hubbard Ayer. Cover photograph by Michael Bramman.

4th December 1968. White voile shirt, 12 gns, with lace jabot by Turnbull and Asser, Jermyn Street, W1. Make-up by Lancome. Photograph by Michel Molinaire.

1st-14th October 1969. Crochet hat and lurex gossamer scarf from Feathers, 43 Kensington High Street, W8. Make-up by Guerlain. Cover photograph by Hans Feurer.

28th June-8th July 1969. Make-up by Lancome. Haircuts by Leonard. Photograph by Clive Arrowsmith.

26th October 1966. Mrs Michael Manley, whose husband is leader of the National Worker's Union and the son of the Hon Norman Manley, Leader of the Opposition in Jamaica, and of Mrs Manley. Banana by Fyffes, of course.

  All images  & original scanned text from my personal collection of QUEEN Magazine.