Saturday, 20 December 2014

Wojtek Siudmak illustration | Plexus Magazine (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 French erotic art magazine which ran from April 1966 - July 1970. Several colourways and design variations of the illustrations were used as section heads in the news, reviews and events pages of the publication throughout 1968-1970. 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 | Life (1967)



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).

All images 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 ― Felicity Green On The '60s Fashion Scene which hit the shelves a couple of days ago (published 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 Greenduring 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 Khanh, John Bates, Pierre Cardin, Rudi Gernreich, The Fool Design Collective and Barbara Hulanicki (as both illustrator and designer). 

And let's not forget that 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 and further information can be found via 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. See Felicity Green in conversation with Eve Pollard on Tuesday the 4th of November here. And finally, Purchase and preview a copy of Sex, Sense And Nonsense: Felicity Green On The '60s Fashion Scene 


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Hit Knits | Mary Farrin (1967)


Hit Knits at Hendersons
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. 

Image scanned by Sweet Jane from Vogue, September, 1967.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Milton Glaser | Beauty Advert | Seventeen Magazine (1967)


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

Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Career Woman | Nova Magazine (1966)


It isn't an integral part of every woman's nature to be a homemaker, in the way that not every woman yearns to be a mother. It gives more pleasure to some people to live in a state of immaculate perfection without much sign of human intrusion. The anguish that some women feel at the sight of a speck of dust is also shared by more men than people realise. The beauty of stainless steel floor tiles, glass-topped tables and silver-papered walls might not withstand the curiosity of children and are certainly not practical for young working girls, since objects of beauty need constant cleaning, care and attention. This is more the setting of a career woman with hired help./Molly Parkin

1966 silver fashion, photographs by Duffy
Left: Lamé shirtwaister dress by Bagatel, 46 gns. Shoes by Terry de havilland, 5½ gns. Watch ring and watch bracelet by Jill Waddington, 10 gns and £30. Silver rings by Carol Russell, 18 gns each; silver rings by Helga Zahn, from £10 each.  Right: Trouser suit by Aqua Sprite, 36 gns. Shoes by Terry de Havilland, 5½ gns. Silver necklace and bracelet by Helga Zahn, £90 and £60.  Back wall: covered in aluminium foil, from 2s 11d per roll, wall clock sprayed silver by Jill Waddington. Side wall: Vacuum-moulded Melinex panels 24 in" square by Julie Hodgess, approximately 7s 6d each. Floor: 4 in" square stainless steel tiles by Twentieth Century Tiles Ltd, £1 per sq ft. On the floor: lace-up shoes by David Murray at Medway Bagagerie, £4 9s 11d. Brocade and diamanté mule at Charles Jourdan, 17½ gns. Brocade and diamanté shoe at Charles Jourdan, 25 gns. Silver carrier bag by Susan Gibson, 6 gns.

1960s silver fashion
Table: by William Plunkett  Ltd, £47 9s. On the table: perspex telephone from Plessey Telecommunications Group. Glass containers and chemical apparatus from The Scientific Glassblowing Co Ltd. Jewellery by Carol Russell.

1960s telephone
Perspex telephone from Plessey Telecommunications Group.

1960s silver fashion accessories
Chaise longue: designed by Carol Russell, covered in printed PVC designed by Julie Hodgess, £25, made to order. On the chaise longue: see-through clock by Jill Waddington, 7gns. Handbag by Sally Jess, £4 19s 11d. Glass dish, 14s 8d, containing ball bearings at Buck & Ryan, from 11s per dozen. Glass teapot at Heal's, £3 2s 6d. Silver coat by Karen Mœller, 7gns. Dome-shaped perspex table lamp designed by John Wright and Jean Schofield, £28 10s.

All images scanned by Sweet Jane from an original editorial by Molly Parkin for NOVA, September 1966. All photographs by Duffy. Model on the left Jill Kennington, Model on the right unknown. 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Les Belles et la bête | Elle Magazine (1967)

Les Belles et la bête


Left to right: two mini dresses in black velour with iridescent print, softly gathered under yoke, by Pierre Cardin. Green, purple and pink crepe blouson style dresses with top stitched detailing and sundress necklines, by Patou.

Red crepe dress by Dior.

Silver, pleated lurex gauze dress with asymmetrical hemline decorated in crystal beading, by Pierre Cardin.

Golden yellow dress with front ruching detail and bead trimmed asymmetrical hem, by Cardin. 

Tailored suit, with narrow fitting ankle length skirt in wool crepe, by Lanvin. 


All images scanned by Sweet Jane from ELLE magazine 31st August 1967. Photographer uncredited.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

In Anticipation of The Biba Years 1963-1975

The Biba Years 1963-1975

Very much looking forward to viewing The Biba Years 1963-1975 by Barbara Hulanicki and Martin Pel (published on September 1st). I would imagine that Biba enthusiasts everywhere have been counting down the days to the release date over the summer, ever since the first glimpse of that glorious cover and description of the contents appeared on the V&A Publishing website earlier this year! Comprising of 240 pages, it promises to feature a wealth of previously unpublished material including early fashion illustrations, archival images, extensive garment photography and full colour reproductions of all six of the original Biba mail order catalogues, as well as many personal insights from the designer and her contemporaries. While I await the arrival of my own copy, i've been busying myself by reading Barbara's autobiography (again) and leafing through my collection of Biba editorials, I'd almost forgotten that I had this issue of  The Observer from 1969, which featured the Biba couture range, it seems as good a time as any to post it here.

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Write to Biba Ltd, 19 Kensington Church Street, London W8, for a special order form. With it you will get a very detailed measurement chart to complete. It is vital, writes Liz Smith, that you are measured accurately (get a competent person to do it for you). Then send off the order form with £15 deposit. You will be sent a toile of the garment made to your measurements, together with a cutting of the fabric. Alterations can be made on the toile, and it's up to you to ensure it fits exactly the way you want. You will be sent a special chart on which to note any alterations. Finally, send back the approved toile together with the balance of the price, and the dress, suit or coat will be made up for you in the couture fabric. Each garment will be cut to individual measurements out of couture cloth, with perfect buttonholes, hand sewn zips and linings of silk.

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Chocolate brown whipcord trousers and shapely cardigan jacket, 60gn. Cream crepe-de-chine blouse with stock tied softly at the neck, 25gn. Silver rings, 30s. each; fake diamond ring, 30s. Plummy brown snakeskin hat, 25gn. Boots 16gn. from the Chelsea Cobbler. Hair by Valerie, at Cheveux, Abingdon Road, W8.

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Vanilla cape leather coat, wonderfully soft and supple, which buttons up to a high banded collar, with matching aviator's helmet tied under the chin. Coat, 120 gn.; helmet, without veil, 14gn.; gloves, 59s. 6d., by Nerry from Harrrod's, Knightsbridge, SW1

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Spangled dress, winking and glinting all over, made of black and silver sequins backed on nest crepe, spiraling every inch of the way, shaping you more prettily than ever before, 100gn. Matching head-hugging hat 10gn. without veiling. Silver snake rings, 30s, each.

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Long dress in burnt orange pure silk satin backed crepe, best of its kind, without ornament except for some tiny buttons up the sleeve, and a detachable hooded cowl, 110 gn. Platform-soled boots, 16 gn., from the Chelsea Cobbler.

All images & original text scanned by Sweet Jane from The Observer magazine, 19th January, 1969. Original editorial by Liz Smith, all photographs by Helmut Newton. *Except for The Biba Years 1963-1975 cover which is courtesy of V&A Publications. Order yourself a copy of The Biba Years 1963-1975 from the V&A online shop here Preview The Biba Years 1963-1975 here.


Saturday, 30 August 2014

Twiggy & The Dandy Look ┃Vogue (1967)



The look straight ahead is the great dandy look―a long, long look at jackets, long but lean and curvy, trousers sleek and straight. Add a flash of frippery, arrogant accessories, soft, short waved curls.

Twiggy 1960s Vogue
Suave striped suit, above, fine and dandy white and maroon on deep blue; long lean frock coat with dark velvet collar and cuffs. Youngset by Alexon, 15 gns, D.H. Evans; Plummers, Guildford; Schofields, Leeds. Photograph by Helmut Newton.

Devastating black wool suit, double breasted, above. Dinner jacket dandy look, dazzlingly simple, Mary Quant's Ginger Group, 16½ gns, at Miss Selfridge; Rackhams, Birmingham; The Birdcage, Cambridge. All jewellery from The Golden Past, Brook St. Shoes, 6½ gns, Mondaine, Canes, 17gns, Swaine, Adeney, Brigg. Hair by Roger of Vidal Sassoon. Photograph by Helmut Newton.

Princely Prince of Wales check suit, sleek long jacket with double buttons, no back vent, but plenty of fit. Handsome cuffed trousers, high-buttoned waistcoat. By Paul Babb and Pamela Procter for Twiggy, 14 gns, Fifth Avenue, King's Road; Fraser Sons, Glasgow; Edwin Jones, Southhampton, Benson & Hedges cigar. Photograph by Helmut Newton.

Efficient and dashing pinstripe dandy suit. Wall Street overtones on gangster flare. Charcoal and white with surprise yellow jersey back to neat waistcoat. Crepe shirt, Mary Quant's Ginger Group, jacket, 11gns, trousers, 4½gns, waistcoat, 5gns, shirt, 4gns, Bazaar; Rackhams, Birmingham. Black felt hat, £5  18s, 6d, Herbert Johnson, Ties, 21s, Foale & Tuffin, Boots, £7 19s, 6d, Ravel. Photograph by Helmut Newton.

All images scanned by Sweet Jane from VOGUE, September 15th, 1967. Model: Twiggy. All photographs by Helmut Newton. Visit the Official Twiggy Lawson website. View some more examples of Twiggy modelling for Mary Quant & more, in some of my previous posts, such as Get on the Quant Wavelength (part one)..and (part two ). And view some designs from her own range in Dresses Twiggy by of London for Seventeen magazine 1967.  More about the influential Dandy Look in Return of the Dandy 1966, and Dandyism has returned! Wear Ruffles! Buy yourself a purse (1970).

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Roger Nelson | Back To School | Seventeen Magazine (1967)


As British designer Roger Nelson sees it, black is new and now! Capecatch, this page, with bold black braid adding coals to red wool melton. About $40.

Left to right: Two blacks, a long pull and pleated skirt, gad about with a white blouse. Of wool crepe; each about $20. Wild tie-work in silk marks a dress of black wool crepe. It's about $40. Long jacket or short coat - you decide - in a frame of red braid. About $40. Peep-out skirt and turtle pull, each about $15. Red melton jacket, about $55. Bermuda pants about $17. The black sweater, about $15. All of wool. Fashions by Roger Nelson Ltd.

All images & original text scanned by Sweet Jane from SEVENTEEN magazine September 1967.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Start Wearing The Pants! Max Factor | Rave Magazine (1966)



   Image scanned by Sweet Jane from RAVE magazine, April 1966.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Score with the Co-ordinated Look┃Petticoat Magazine (1966)

Score with the Co-ordinated Look

Cover girl Lynda Gabelle wears Kooky dress for kicking in:  Blue and white striped shirt dress, zipped all the way from hip-bone to collar-bone. Bermuda shorts and shiny scarlet patent belt by Sybil Zelker at Londonis, £5 19s 6d. Striped plastic visor, by post from Palisades, 25s. Red denim peep-toes by Leonards, 22s 11d.

Snappy sailor separates. Top Left: "Ensign" blue skirt with white belt, 59s 6d. "Eight Bells" blue and white drill blouse, 3½ gns. Ship-shape red drill pants and matching vest top, above, with embroidered anchor. "Midships" pants, 99s 6d., "Admiral" vest top, 3gns., all by Ginger Group. Yellow square sunspecs by Correna, 22s. 6d.

LEFT: Anything-Goes and go-with-everything hip-skirt and print crepon shirt by Neatawear. Skirt 45s., Shirt 59s. 11d., pink lacy stockings by Lewis Separates, 9s 11d. Pink suede sling-back shoes, Holmes, 79s. 11d. Purple beret by Kangol, 8s. 1d. Bluey silk cravat by Ascher, 9s, 6d. Funny half-specs by Pacesetters, 35s. RIGHT: Pavement-Prancing outfit. Jacket 'n' skirt in lilac (there are also matching hip-slung pants). Jacket 70s. 11d., skirt 45s., pants 69s., 11d. all by Neatawear. Purple square sunspecs by Correna, 22s. 6d. Roberta's multi-coloured striped shoes, 4gns,; purpley-printed cotton shoulder bag by Dany Brien, 45s. Cotton skinny by Lewis Separates, 14s. 11d.

LEFT: Party-Pretty lilac shirt, 49s. 11d., lilac and blue printed lacy cotton pants, both bu Neatawear, 79s. 11d. Blue chiffony scarf by Aldbrook, 13s. 11d. Hooped ear-rings by Frances Ross, 15s. Striped leather flatties (at Roma and Roberta boutiques, who both run postal service), in several combinations, 4gns. RIGHT: Jamboree jumpsuit. Same lilac and blue lacy cotton pants, this time teamed up with matching vest-shaped top, 49s. 11d., both from Neatawear, 69s. 11d., for different part looks. Turquoise hooped ear-rings by Jewelcraft, 7s. 6d. Turquoise suede shoes, Holmes, 79s. 11d.

All images and original text scanned by Sweet Jane from PETTICOAT magazine 7th may 1966. Photographs by Jimmy Wormser.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The New Look: Soft & Feminine | Rave Magazine (1967)

Products Used: Ultralucent Highlight with Blue Mist powder eye shadow, mixed to give silver shadow, 9s. 6d. and 5s. 7d. Blue and brown eye pencils, 3s. 6d. each. Fashion lashes, 18s. 6d. Blue cake mascara, 3s. "Peach Meringue" frosting  and "Crushed Coral" lipsticks 5s. and 10d. each. All products by Max Factor. 

All images scanned by Sweet Jane from RAVE magazine, February, 1967. Hair by Barry Kibble, Make-up by John Hartley for Max Factor. Original beauty editorial by Lee.

Friday, 8 August 2014

The Colour Crazy Story | Rave Magazine (1967)



Shall I or Shan't I? With the big trend swinging to way-out colours for hairstyles this year, sooner or later every girl will ask herself the same question. To go blonde, to go black, or just to brighten up my own colour? The answer is GO AHEAD! Hair colour makes for different personalities and really is a great new fashion craze - and these days the change is as easy as winking! Here's Samantha with the crazy colour story, and all the tips to help you. So go ahead, and have fun! 

All images & original text scanned by Sweet Jane from RAVE magazine April 1967.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Mary Quant for Alligator | Petticoat Magazine (1967)

 Mary Quant for Alligator
Quant girls take shelter under this swinging cape. Showerproof cotton canvas with zip front, metal studs, rows of stitching. Style; Gendarme. In all this season's snappiest shades. Sizes 8-14. Price approximately £9. 19s. 6.

  Image & original text scanned by Sweet Jane from PETTICOAT magazine, September 1967.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Advertising Art | Gebrauchsgraphik International (1970)



Another great cover from Gebrauchsgraphik International Advertising Art! This particular issue from June 1970 featured The Best Swiss Poster Designs of 1969, along with Industrial Art by Rolf Harder and Ernst Roch via Design Collaborative Montreal LimitedNew Product Make-Ups on the American Market, the Genesis and Function of Visual communication, and also a report on Industrial Art from Vienna. I've searched every single page of the magazine, but much to my dismay, the cover illustration seems to be, the identity of the artist remains a mystery until I do some further sleuthing, which leaves me currently emulating the demeanour of the subject matter in question! I'm assuming that this particular illustration belongs to either the Industrial Art from Vienna or perhaps the Best Swiss Poster category.  The fact that it made the cover may suggest that it was the winning entry in the latter―although this is not necessarily always the case with Gebrauchsgraphik covers of this kindI've also included two more of the Swiss poster designs from the same issue, which I previously featured on the blog a couple of years ago, these ones are the best of the 30 finalists in my opinion.  

 Gebrauchsgraphik International Advertising  Art, 1970.

Lee Jeans advert, 1969.

Meat Cannery advert, illustrated by Donald Brun, 1969.


All images scanned by Sweet Jane from Gebrauchsgraphik International Advertising Art, June 6, 1970. Cover Artist uncredited. *If you are planning on purchasing this issue for yourself at some point, it may be worth noting that both the Lee Jeans & Bell Epoque posters are in reality about a quarter of the size shown , I've enlarged them purely for display purposes.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Gear For Having Fun | Jackie Magazine (1965)

Gear For Having Fun


Here are some clothes that will go straight on to a party or dance from work. You'll look good all day, then turn heads in the evening.

All images & original text scanned by Sweet Jane from JACKIE Magazine, Issue No.92, October 9th, 1965. Illustrations by Leslie Fielding.