Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Mary Quant's Ginger Group (1967)


A two page editorial originally published in September 1967, featuring designs from Mary Quant's Ginger Group, it also includes guest appearances by The Yardbirds, Georgie Fame, James Fox, Jack Bond, David Mlinaric, and Michael Rainey of Hung On You.

England's best-known young designer (Quant? Quite!) changed the face of fashion (she set it on its ears) and still keeps spinning out the news. Now she dips into fresh fields of color, places waistlines at low, hemlines at high. Flipsy Daisy above, comes on strong in the calmest kind of pink - called Bermuda - with a skirt, tucked all around, that looks up in perpetual motion. About $45. Backing it up: The Yardbirds, the cool sound in "Blow Up" and on the epic single "Little Games". 

Football Ripples, above, in a dress pinched from a halfback: Bermuda pink with beige, tucked and pleated to touchdown! in bonded wool jersey, About $50.  Beaming approval is recording star Georgie Fame, England's Top Pop personality in 1967. His look: a suede and lamb jacket from the Chelsea Antique Market.

Mary Quant cares about the total look, does coats so good you don't mind covering up her dresses! Above, the case for the Costume look. It's basically a coachman coat, and in this super-version of Bermuda pink wool melton, and gold buttons and braid, all roads lead to you. About $100. There's more news in this curly-girl English hairdo; heads may be turning for it soon, About to turn, two young film-makers: James Fox, left, who appeared in Universal's "Thoroughly Modern Millie." Director-producer Jack Bond, right, has explored the world of poets, Dali, women and their wants.

A coat that keeps the most interesting company, above, is this marvellous Tibetan lamb―the kind of fur that warms you without a bit of bulk. The creamy beige color responds to strong suede trim in olive-brown, with nice exaggerations in the collar and belt. Roat of London; about $300. Two's company here. At left: young Londoner David Mlinaric, brilliant designer of the nightclub Sibyllas and Michael Rainey, right, designs men's fashions-including psychedelic underwear!


All images scanned by Sweet Jane from an original editorial in Seventeen Magazine, September 1967 photographer: Joseph Santoro. The suit that Michael Rainey is wearing in this photograph is fairly similar to one that was on sale in his Hung On You boutique around this time, you can view an example of it here in another one of my recent posts.

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