Saturday, 17 September 2016

The Picture of Fashion (1972)


A do-it-yourself fashion feature from The Sun annual for Girls, encouraging the customisation of old clothing and accessories with some hand-painted designs―a very popular trend throughout the early 1970s, along with applique, embroidery and tie-dyeing techniques. They're making it all sound relatively easy enough to achieve, as they always did in these teen magazine/annuals, however, the incredible pop art boots on display which were used as examples (although uncredited) are actually the work of London shoe designer Richard Evans, who made boots for lots of well known music biz types at the time such as Elton John, George Harrison, Rory Gallagher and Roxy Music, these particular boots are from his 1970 collection. He had originally studied fashion design at the Nottingham School of Art in the 1960s and followed that with a post-graduate course in graphic design at Leicester College of Art, working as a fashion illustrator for a brief period afterwards. He then began making leather and snakeskin clothing and accessories before progressing onto designing platforms and stack heeled boots, eventually setting up Daisy Roots, his footwear design label. His foray into fashion seems to have been quite short lived though, and you would probably be more familiar with his graphic work via Hipgnosis, the art design group who specialised in album cover art, where he continued to work from the early 1970s until 1976 when he set up his own design studio.

Four fantastic images of Richard Evans and his Pop Art boot collection in November, 1970.  The Yellow Submarine boots shown above are included in the slideshow. Photographs by Paul Fievez courtesy of the Hulton Getty Archive.

All images scanned for the Sweet Jane blog from the Sun Annual for Girls 1972, with thanks to Brad Jones. Original article by Brenda Uttley. Photographer & models uncredited. Richard Evans series of photos by Paul Fievez courtesy of the Hulton Getty Archive. Visit the official Richard Evans website, and view further examples of Richard Evans 1970s footwear. Here, you'll find an example of his Fashion Illustrations for Petticoat Magazine, 1968. All things Hipgnosis. The official Storm Thorgerson website here. View some other D-I-Y boot fashion from 1971 in one of my previous posts. and more examples of the applique fashion trend of the 1970s. The amazing pop art fashions of Mr Freedom. Plus, an interview with Richard Evans on Rockerista from 2011. And finally, the inspiration behind some of those pop art boot designs  above.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Dandy Fashion | New plumes in the peacock's tail! (1968)



I first blogged about this Daily Telegraph Magazine article by Geoffrey Aquilina-Ross back in 2012, although I didn't have the original issue at the time, but had managed to piece some of it together from extracts which had been featured in a couple of 1960s style reference books, including one by the author. I finally managed to find an original copy of the issue around three years ago and have been meaning to update the post properly ever since. It was Part One of a series on men's fashion by the magazine, I also have the second in the series, which you can find via the links at the end of the post.


Clothes by Mr.Fish, Douglas Hayward, Blades and other tailors, who see nothing sissy about finery for men, are influencing the ready-to-wear racks. Bulky drab has had it's day!

Terence Stamp 1960s Style

TERENCE STAMP, unshaven but certainly elegant, plays a Mexican bandit in the psychological western Blue, due this summer. Here he wears a suit that looks like his uniform in Far From the Madding Crowd. The jacket is tight-fitting, with a large collar, and although double-breasted looks trim and narrow. Black barathea, edged with braiding. 70 gns, to order. Arrogant touches are his black velour hat and silk scarf. Douglas Hayward, who made the suit, is wearing his single-breasted calvary twill suit, 60 gns to order. 95 Mount Street, W1.

Blades 1960s Tailoring

PATRICK LICHFIELD, right, at Blades with Rupert Lycett Green, who owns it. A photographer and charity worker, Lord Lichfield needs clothes that are hard-wearing. His suit in black worsted is very slim-fitting, with a waisted jacket, double-breasted with a Regency collar and braid, 75 gns to order. At the neck of his deep-collared shirt is a bold sari silk scarf tied tie fashion. Rupert Lycett Green wears a light-weight worsted, cut classically with a waisted jacket and straight-cut trousers, 74 gns to order. All at Blades, 8 Burlington Gardens, W1.

PAINTER PATRICK PROCKTOR at hatters Herbert Johnson. His show at Redfern was a resounding success and his sets and costumes for Twelfth Night at The Royal Court made it a memorable production. To improve the popular image of the artist's standard of dress, he has an elegant slim grey suit with big  full lapels, from Dulis at Croydon. He likes hats and always wears a romantic, wide-brimmed fedora. Here his red hat is stitched in velvet, and the plum hat with wide floppy brim is velour, both 6 gns. from Herbert Johnson, Bond Street, W1.

DAVID HEMMINGS is in The Charge of the Light Brigade and plays a con man in Only When I Larf, coming in June. Here he wears the newest smoking coat, light-weight, in navy-blue velvet trimmed with black. The coat is long and very slim, the pockets are deep and button high, 45 gns. Pink silk crepe shirt, 12 gns, roll-neck as originally designed by Turnbull & Asser many years ago. All from 71 Jermyn Street, W1.

Mr Fish Tailoring 1960s

BARRY SAINSBURY, one of the grocery heirs, is always named among Britain's best-dressed men. He is a director of Mr Fish, where he buys most of his clothes; the rest he picks up in Paris or Rome. In the shirt cutting room at Mr Fish, with Christopher Lynch, a co-director and stylist of the shop, Barry Sainsbury wears an embroidered velvet brocade evening jacket; 65 gns to order. It is a slim, slightly waisted, double-breasted jacket that buttons low, with wide lapels. His roll-neck shirt in Viyella is one of a wide range of colours at 7 gns. Mr Fish, 17 Clifford Street, W1.

Barry Sainsbury Mr Fish Tailoring 1960s
NEWEST LOOK at Mr Fish is a lean coat in antique brown leather that converts into a short jacket. It is very long, with a huge coachman collar, and all around the waist is a concealed zip *that when undone changes the coat into a jacket. 65 gns to order. With it, Barry Sainsbury wears an extra deep-collared white roll-neck sweater in triple cashmere, 17 gns. Mr Fish, 17 Clifford St, W1.

TOMMY STEELE will be seen as an Irish butler in The Happiest Millionaire at Easter, and later this year as Og, the leprechaun, in Finian's Rainbow. Here with Douglas Hayward, he wears a corduroy suit and roll-neck sweater. The suit is casual, single-breasted, with wide lapels and a deep vent at the back. 60 gns. Douglas Hayward's shop, flannel-walled and marble-floored, is at 95 Mount Street, W1.                                                        

All images scanned by Sweet Jane from The Daily Telegraph Magazine, April 5th, 1968. Original editorial by Geoffrey Aquilina-Ross, all photographs by Hans Feurer. View my original post from 2012 here. Part Two of the Geoffrey Aquilina-Ross series on men's fashion for the magazine in 1968 . Spend 45 minutes with Terence Stamp on Desert Island Discs. Discover more about the heritage of Hayward 95 Mount Street and the man behind it via Doug Hayward the Tailor as told by Terence Stamp. Art and Life: A short documentary film about the Dublin born artist Patrick Procktor, and also, some further reading on Patrick Proctor The lost dandy. Discover more about Blades & Rupert Lycett GreenDavid Hemmings Is Ready For His Blow-Up. View The Real Blow Up - Fame, Fashion, and Photography ( Part One of a BBC Two documentary). Another example of tailoring Peculiar to Mr fish in one of my previous posts, plus a recent article about the Mr. Fish label and some film footage of the man himself with his collection for 1969. And finally, whatever happened to Christopher Lynch?―co-director and stylist at Mr.Fish.