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