Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Biba Girl Maddie Smith (1967)


Actress Maddie Smith Biba model Flower Power 1960s

This has been a favourite photo of mine for a long time, it was purchased as a postcard sometime in the mid 1990s. The girl in the picture is Maddie Smith, she had a part time job working as a shop girl at Biba and also did some modelling for them, appearing in the first Biba catalogue which was photographed by Donald Silverstein. 

Barbara Hulanicki thought that she looked like a miniature Jean Shrimpton. She would eventually move on to pursue a career as an actress, appearing in many tv series and films, and would probably be best known for her work on Hammer Film Productions, starring in 
The Vampire Lovers (1970), Theater of Blood (1973)  and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974).

Flower Power Maddie Smith (1967) postcard scanned by Sweet Jane from my personal collection. Model Madeline Smith. Photograph by Lewis Morley                                                                             

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

A Whole Fashion Scene Going! | Rave Magazine (1966)



It's all happening! Way-ahead and way-out, checked and un-checked, futuristic and historic…it all goes to describe the crazy mixed-up fashion scene RAVE has found this month. Six scenes that are making it big for Spring. And to complete our 'Whole Scene Going' we asked Wendy Varnals, get-ahead girl of the programme of the same name, to step into our fashion scene and complete the picture . . .


We're waving the flag again, this time for the new designs out for Spring. The London Look has hit the world, and the newest dresses are leaving the op look that the others have just caught on to way behind. This time they've added a dash of simplicity and crazy charm although it's still a black and white scene for our dresses.

Get a hat and get ahead (left) but don't go without the dress! It's a swinger in four different materials all in black and white, it's the new patch craze―so go get it! By Lee Cecil, it's £4. 19s. 6d. The hat is 2gns. Be the centre of attraction, like Wendy here, in a butcher's stripe grey and black dress with huge flat bow and a square neck, very flattering. It's from the Real Boutique and costs £6. 12s. 6d. Getting around, gadding about, do what you will with this dress from Rhona Roy, goes op but feminine, black and white crepe with huge keyholes and snazzy buttons, price 6. 19s. 6d.


We didn't dare leave PVC out because it's so IN and NOW, so here it is busting with colour and shine, breaking all bounds to be one jump ahead and looking so way out. 

Great new trouser suit from Angela at London Town (left) in knockout yellow and white. Suit is 10½gns. This trouser suit (centre) in PVC is bound to make you jump for joy it's so NOW. . . from Soukh Boutique, top and trousers can be bought separately but together it comes to 8gns. For authorities on outrageous gear here's a suit for you jet-setters. In pink and plum the sky's the limit. By Soukh Boutique, it's 9gns. 


Teriffic western ideas are sweeping the scene for casual clobber…all you need is a madras and denim outfit and you'll be down among the cactus and cattle or trend setting among your own clan.

Ideal down the farm or home on the range is this outfit of denim skirt and madras shirt by Duke Sportswear. Shirt is 32s. 11d. and the skirt is 26s. 11d. For a real tough look go down to Lord John's and get yourself a pair of cord Levi's like these. Trousers are £3. 9s. 11d. and the shirt is £3. 9s. 11d. You'll be rounding them up if you appear in this Levi jacket from Lord John's especially teamed with white slacks and hipster belt. The jacket costs £3. 9s. 11d.


Suddenly it's startlesville. White has made it on its own to stun and dazzle just because it does just that . . . No need to have op-art STOP signs, just make sure it is all white, don't have any other groovy shades creeping in!

Everything's coming up white piqué―here it is again in a white suit from Take Five boutique by Travers Tempo, £8. 15s. You'll need these Oliver Goldsmith dark glasses for this outfit―a gleaming white gaberdine trouser suit from Highlight Sports, £8. 19s. 6d. The 'no-sleeve' look from Rhona Roy (left). A dress for young ravers at 7gns.


Nothing tatty about this material―huge window pane checks in scatty colours and tones are 'in', so are all the geary clothes made up in it. Get hip with hipster skirts and trousers, coats and suits, shirt dresses, the lot in a wild tattersall look!

Go mad and get yourself a whole suit in large window pane checks lke this one (left) from Sidewall in greys. It's a winner at 10½gns. Action! (centre). The skirt is by Highlight Sports, 55s. and the white polo is by Neatawear, 39s. 11d. He'll be checking up on you in this trouser suit 9right) by Highlight Sports in red, white and blue, with bell bottoms and flared jacket, 7½gns.


Fabulous feminine look inspired by the Bardot/Moreau film 'Viva Maria'. Wear anything with a faint 'granny look', antique jewellery, button boots, and weird coloured specs.

Go dotty in a dress with a Tricel top and rayon skirt belted in one (left). In black and white, by Lee Cecil 6gns. Be one jump ahead (of granny anyway!) in a skirt and blouse from Neatawear (centre). Blouse is in Crepon in a super pink and costs 55s. Skirt is flared and costs 45s. Last but definitely not past is this dress (right) by Simon Ellis in a shirt style red and white stripe teamed with a blue skirt. Again it's given a wide belt and lots of feminine frills, price 6½ gns.


All images scanned by Sweet Jane from Rave Magazine, April 1966. Original Fashion Notes by Trilby Lane. All photographs by P.L. James. View a complete episode of A Whole Scene Going! which originally aired in 1966 with presenter Wendy Varnals (above) and her co-presenter Barry FantoniPrivate Eye writer and cartoonist, author, artist, designer of pop art backdrops for Ready, Steady, Go!,  sometimes actor and musician (1966). View some more examples of the trends mentioned in this post: Once Upon a Time in the West: The Girls' Round-Up (1966); Courrèges: Clothes of the Future (1965); Color For The Space Age (1966); The Paco Rabanne influence (1968); It's a White, White Christmas - Rave Fashion (1967); The Pop Market - A Raver's Guide to the Portobello Road Market (1966); The British Boutique Boom! (1965); All in the mood for showers and sun, the newest rainwear look comes all sleek and shiny; feather-weight ciré nylon, gleaming PVC, Queen Magazine (1969). And finally, a Coat and hat in PVC designed by Karen Møller for Soukh Boutique (1966).  

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Afternoon Tea is Served! | British Grub | Determined Productions Inc. (1969)




Today's menu features a Devonshire Cream Tea, a classic Sunday Tea and High Tea, so if you can't make it out to Ye Olde Psychedelic Tea Shoppedon't fret, everything that you need to know is right here! courtesy of British Grub by Brian Murphy, designed and illustrated by John Astrop and Eric Hill, published in 1969 by Determined Productions, INC. in 1969.


All images scanned by Sweet Jane from British Grub by Brian Murphy, Design and illustration by John Astrop and Eric Hill, Published in 1969 by Determined Productions, INC. Read A Nice Cup of Tea” by George Orwell, his eleven Golden Rules for Making the Perfect Cup of Tea, originally published January 12th, 1946 in the Evening Standard. View Tea Making Tips, a short 1941 film created by the Empire Tea Bureau, that outlines the golden rules for making tea worthy of its name, a brief but informative film, guiding you through all six golden rules required to make the perfect cup of tea! Yes...six...that's what the man says, there are definitely no tea bags in this joint.  And finally, in the words of Ray Davies I'll take afternoon tea, If you take it with me,  so, with those immortal words in mind, let's hear it for The Kink's (Rapturous applause, closely followed by the distant sound of a kettle starting to boil etc etc.).  

Friday, 24 June 2011

The Wonderful World of OZ Magazine

The Wonderful World of OZ Magazine

OZ issue No.2 -March 1967.

 Oz issue No.3 - May 1967.

Oz issue No.4 - June 1967.


Oz issue No.7 - October 1967.

 Oz issue No.13  June 1968.

Oz issue No.15 - September 1968.


Oz issue No.19 - March 1969

 Oz issue No.21 - May 1969.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

British Grub | Determined Productions Inc. (1969)





All images scanned by Sweet Jane from British Grub by Brian Murphy, published by Determined Productions Inc. (1969). Illustration and design by Eric Hill and John Astrup. Note: (Although it is printed as 'Astrup' here, I have also seen this artist's name printed as John Astrop in other productions by the same company).

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Rave Magazine (1968)

      All images scanned by Sweet Jane from Rave Magazine, May 1968.

Friday, 17 June 2011

The Final Programme (1973) Costume Design by Ossie Clark & John Bates


The final programme is a British Sci-fi thriller from 1973, directed by Robert Fuest and starring Jon Finch, Jenny Runacre and Patrick Magee, who is probably best known for his role as the much victimised writer Frank Alexander in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. The plot involves a billionaire, becoming embroiled in the search for a mysterious programme which turns out to be the design used to create the perfect self replicating human being!

Definitely worth a look for some amazing visuals, and for the 'fashion lovers' amongst you, it's worth noting that the costumes were designed by John Bates, Ossie Clark and Tommy Nutter. The hair consultant on the film was none other than Leonard as in Leonard of Mayfair, probably most well known for his now iconic Twiggy cut, which essentially launched her career after the Daily Express featured it in an article with the opening line "This is the face of '66."


Thursday, 16 June 2011

Carnaby Street Boutiques


Some really great footage of several 1960s era Carnaby Street Boutiques including I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet, Lady Jane, Mates, His 'n' Hers, John Stephen and Gear. And as the voice-over says "For those who still thrill to the sight of purple lace-up are purple lace-up boots!"