Monday, 31 October 2011

At Home: The Witches, 1964

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A building has heart carved on it supposedly put there by a curse of witch burned at stake.

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Witch as a housewife, Mrs Ray Bone.

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Housewife Mrs Ray Bone, high priestess Artemis in witchcraft ceremony.

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Witches dancing in circle around a fire forming a ritual.

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Witches jumping over a fire in an ancient ritual at a meeting.

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Manager of the witchcraft museum serving tea to high priest and priestess of local witchcraft group.

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Mrs Ray Bone performing a witchcraft ritual in her home.

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Nude male and female performing a witch dance in a circle during a ritual.

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Three witches performing their witch rituals.

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High priestess Mrs Ray Bone consecrating water and salt at beginning of witchcraft ritual.

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A witches initiation ceremony.

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The mark of a burned witch on the side of a house in Kings Lynn.

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A witch studying in the museum.

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A witches cradle set up in the Museum of Witchcraft.

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The equipment of a herbalist witch.

Photos by Terrence Spencer, April 1st, 1964.

Witches Warlocks & Ouija Boards

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Ad scanned from Viva, August 1974.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

The Aztec Today

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Ad scanned from Harper's Bazaar, December 1970.

This is pretty much my dream loungewear outfit- had anyone ever come across it?

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Plaids and Tartans All Day Every Day

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Photos by David Bailey from Vogue UK, November 1971.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Eye Candy: Two for the Show

In today's fashion scene, the battle of the sexes ends at the closet door.

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Flowers from milady. Could it be his herringbone suit, by Aquascutum of London, striped shirts and silk tie, both from Chaps by Ralph Lauren, that did the trick? (Her suit also by Aquascutum of London).

Right up front, we'd like to make the point that a guy and a girl should dress exactly alike only when they are members of the same marching band. But with the fashion rules of the game being more liberally interpreted these days - to say the least - and both sexes in general being less uptight about crossing an invisible boundary that separates men's from women's wear, there are a number of similarities in what's currently being stashed in his and her closets. Most often, it's women's fashions that emulate those of the male. (How many guys do you know who like to step out in a long black evening gown and pearls?) An excellent example of this is the tailored suit, which looks equally good on both sexes.

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The lady again has taken charge and our main in the coyote fur coat, by Conrad Bell for Birger Christensen, isn't arguing. (Her fur by Grosvenor Canada; outfit by Ralph Lauren).

In the area of furs, however, men are only beginning to come to an appreciation of a long-standing favorite of women. Designers and manufacturers have taken note and are busily working furs of all kinds into more masculine styles, such as the fully lined coyote fur with an immense shawl collar pictured in this feature. At $8000, it's not something you might throw on when you're going out to walk the dog.

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Relax, fella, the tab's on her - perhaps as a thank you for wearing that wool cardigan with the quilted shawl collar, side-entry pockets and ribbed cuffs and waistband, over a wool V-neck sweater with ribbed collar and cuffs, and a multicolored wool muffler, all by Tricots St. Raphael; plus a cotton/ polyester shirt, a fringed tie, both from Equipment by Henry Grethel; and corduroy slacks, by Lonergan/Amerigo. (Her outfit by Tricots St. Raphael).

It could be argued that women, too, were pulling on sweaters long before men discovered the garment's pleasures, versatility and utility in these days of lowered thermostats; but the point is that sweaters in styles from V-necks to turtles, crews and even cardigans look equally great on both sexes.

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He's getting into corduroy pleated slacks, by Alexander Julian, and a silk shirt with two-button through-flap pleated patch pockets, by Sasson Jeans. (There's no telling what she'll be getting into - or out of - wearing a shirt and pants also by Sasson Jeans).

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It's obvious that the cheroot isn't the only thing this lad is cherishing as he steps out in a wool dinner jacket with satin notched lapels, side vents and matching pleated trousers, cotton shirt with a medium-spread collar, pleated front yoke and French cuffs, and small ready-tied satin bow tie, all from Polo by Ralph Lauren. (Her tuxedo jacket, shirt and pants are all by Ralph Lauren, too).

And so does the splash and shine of silks and satins for let-loose times at parties and discos.

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Back at her place (and what a place it is), the lady has disappeared to change into something more comfortable - while her date relaxes in a hand-stitched cashmere V-neck featuring a viking longboat, by AMG Imports for Pringle of Scotland, worn over a polyester/cotton checked shirt, from Patch Two by Hathaway, and wool tweed slacks, by Barry I. Bricken.

But where we draw the line in this trend to male/female dressing alike is behind the bedroom door. Then is the time to put aside fashion and appreciate - vive la difference!

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Our guy, the night, the music and an Arnel/triacetate/nylon smoking jacket with piping on the shawl collar and matching lounge slacks, by Christian Dior; how can anything go wrong? (Just to ensure that nothing will go wrong, she has slipped into a nylon/polyester/silk gown by Fernando Sanchez.

Editiorial by Tom Staebler, with text by David Platt, from Playboy, December 1979.

starlet in the bath, the rich in the money, the wise in the whisky

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Ad scanned from Twen, March 3, 1968.

Off to Scotland this evening for a fancy dress party at a castle on a lake- should be quite something!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Never Mind How It Happens. It Happens.

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Ad scanned from Viva, October 1973.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Beauty Babe: Angel Face

Vogue says: to be pretty, you must be natural. angel face is for girls who agree - girls like Sian Houston.

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Actress in an actor's family, twenty-one year old Sian Houston is a Celtic beauty- white skin, green eyes spotted with tan, a classic aquiline profile set in yards of curling Titian hair. She'd rather wear no make-up than too much.

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Sian Houston talking about natural make-up in the country: "Weekends in the country, I hate to wear anything on my face - just clean and fresh and not too pale... a smudge of blusher, a lick of fresh-looking lipstick by angel face."

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Walking the dog, going riding, playing tennis, just sitting by the door thinking about it, weekend at the cottage in Sussex mean peace for Sian: "I'm happiest in the country: I like the pace of life better. I feel prettier too, fresher and softer." Wide awake at even in the morning, skin mashed and moisturized, she wears a little colour...

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"After giving my skin a rest all day I change, make my face up, try and look well cared for in the evening - but naturally, with angel face."

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Sian, made up and dressed for dinner and still looking perfectly natural by evening sunlight or electric light...

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Sian Houston talking about natural make-up in the city: "When I'm rehearsing, make-up gives me confidence. I know I'm looking good and it lets me concentrate. angel face works for me when I'm working.

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Sian, rehearsing at the Arts Theatre, where she's worked for six months. Now she's going to Paris to work... "My own make-up is completely different from stage make-up, but even so I like to wear colours that have a bit more shadow in them, to emphasize the structure and outline of my face from a distance. The great thing about angel face is it looks soft and light close up too."

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"When we go out in the evening I want to look as beautiful as I can - but under the hard lights of restaurants you've got to wear make-up that lets you be yourself, even from the next seat... angel face can do that for you too."

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Sian having supper at Mr. Chow's in make-up that's no heavier than usual, but has a little more colour to it. Sian's black dress with the deep square neck, by Gina Fratini; her necklace of gold watch faces, from the Purple Shop.

Photos by Barry Lategan. Ads scanned from Vogue UK, November 1972.

Faye Dunaway Stars...

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Photos by Jerry Schatzberg for Vogue UK, January 1968.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

She's Not Going to Miss a Thing

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Photos by Arthur Elgort for Vogue UK, January 1972.

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