Saturday, 31 March 2012

Charlotte Rampling, 1981

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Charlotte Rampling photographed by Arthur Elgort for Vogue UK, January 1981.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Eye Candy: In Bed, 1978

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Fernando Sanchez lingerie photographed by Barry McKinley for Cosmopolitan, March 1978.

Cities in the Studio

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Paris.

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West Berlin.

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Madrid.

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Amsterdam.

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Stuttgart.

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Brussels.

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Munich.


All photographs taken by Gilbert Petit in his Paris studio. Published in Photography, May 1970.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Parasol Girl

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Oui, February 1974.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Beauty Babe: In celebration of spring

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Estee Lauder ad photographed by Skrebneski. Scanned from Cosmopolitan, March 1978.

Nile Journey

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Jean Shrimpton photographed in Egypt by David Bailey for Vogue UK, January 1972.

Most perfect summer outfits ever! That white Mary Quant ensemble paired with the red accessories is just about as good as it gets. And the white Ossie Clark suit with the Chelsea Cobbler platforms!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

The Tropical Touch

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Editorial by Eric Boman for Viva, July 1978.


Monday, 26 March 2012

Zou bisou bisou

As a huge Mad Men fan I was happy to welcome the show back to the air yesterday. While I was immediately entranced my Don's new apartment and Megan's outfits, I was most excited by Megan's performance of Zou bisou bisou, which was a smash hit for Gillian Hills. Hills found fame as a French pop singer, one of the first yé-yé girls, and who also starred in the British teen film, Beat Girl, in 1959 with Adam Faith.



In 2009 I posted some photographs of Gillian partying at a rave at Eel Pie Island in 1960 - I recommend checking them out as they are really a quite remarkable snapshot of a side of teenage life we rarely think of at that time.


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Gillian Hills (right) at friend at the rave on Eel Pie Island, August 31st, 1960. Photographed by Peter Hill.


The Daily Beast published today a short history of Zou bisou bisou, which is worth a read.

And here is Megan's fab black mini dress with accordian pleated chiffon sleeves and rhinestone detailing around the neck...

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Dream Home: Richard Ohrbach's Pop Art Bathing Suite, 1970s

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"Zap, Pop, and Wow" caught in comic-strip balloons are all that's needed to complete the Pop Art extravaganza of this bathroom in New York City. Designer Richard Ohrbach annexed the neighboring apartment in his building to gain the room to install this incredible bathing parlor. The room itself is immense - the size of a studio apartment - and throughout the space are Ohrbach's plastic creations. Arcs, circles, strips, and bubbles of plastic create a kaleidoscope of color that is psychedelic in its visual effect. The room is all white, but the play of light bouncing off the colored plastics sets up a rainbow of changing color.

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The bathrub, above, is on a platform topped by one of Ohrbach's arcs. The geometric formations of colored plastic have an updated Art Deco flavor. Beyond this room is an all-mirror parlor with a waterbed.


Text by Norma Skurka with photographs by Oberto Gil for Underground Interiors, 1972.


Richard Ohrbach was the 'designer to the stars' - in charge of the homes of such luminaries as Liza Minnelli, Henry Fonda, Diahann Carroll and Hubert de Givenchy in the late 1970s.

Jean Muir's deception of Decade '70

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Jean Muir at Fortnum & Mason. Ad scanned from Vogue UK, March 1970.

I have the short dress in the centre, in orange with black detailing, and it is simply one of the easiest and chicest dresses I've ever had the opportunity to find...

Sunday, 25 March 2012

The Great Designer Colours

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Kim Alexis for Ultima II. Scanned from Vogue UK, 1985.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Einhorn 1968

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Ad scanned from Twen, August 8, 1969.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Eye Candy: The Smalto Man, 1976

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Francesco Smalto ads, photographed by Rodolphe Haussaire for L'Officiel 623, 1976.

We Derrière You

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Ad scanned from Cosmopolitan, March 1978.


Thursday, 22 March 2012

Always traveling...

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Benson & Hedges ad scanned from Playgirl, November 1976.

This is the kind of nightmare I'm going through right now - why is it completely impossible for me to fit everything back in my suitcase when I've been traveling? Any helpful hints?

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Beauty Babe: Catherine Oxenberg, 1980

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Catherine Oxenberg, photographed by Lord Snowdon for Vogue UK, February 1980.

The Playgirl Diet

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Ad scanned from Playgirl, May 1979.


Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Adventures of a Fashion Historian...


While I've been very busy lately with my research for my PhD and other projects, I've also been finding myself quite busy with some press of my own. My interest in the history of clothing, which has become by career, started in many ways with my interest in the vintage clothing I found in my grandmother's closet and at car boot sales. This has led me to accumulate quite a large collection, which brings me a huge amount of joy and which I love to share. I was filmed for StyleLikeU two years ago, but it was nice to do an update in my new apartment for both Tales of Endearment and Lucky magazine.

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Natalie Joo's lovely blog, Tales of Endearment, is all about vintage fashion- a perfect fit for me!


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My profile in Lucky Magazine, April 2012.


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Seven days of my outfits (mainly from Paris fashion week) on Lucky Magazine's website.


Anyone who follows me on Twitter has probably realised that I love it as a medium for the transfer of knowledge and as a way of connecting with people. I've met some really intriguing, wonderful, creative people through it, including some very good friends in real life. One of the people I connected with on Twitter is Kay Montano, an amazing British make-up artist who, after a career working with every major magazine and campaign, is now seeking to redefine our limited notions of what is beauty. We met for tea and talk, and she asked to interview me for her blog, where she showcases beauty icons, gives helpful hints and also tries to open up the discussion around ideas of beauty (see her interview with Thandie Newton on hair as a great example).


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My interview on Kay Montano's blog.


Aside from fashion, one of my most obvious interests is cats so it was great fun to be interviewed by Claire, of the blog Lola is Beauty, for her series Bloggers + Cats.


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Misha, Laser and I.


The New Pastorals

It's officially the first day of spring! Let's celebrate it with a gorgeous editorial from 1959 full of perfect little dresses - and the most adorable lamb!

The time of the bare cotton pastoral is just a calendar page away, or, if you live South, right now. This season's cottons are all-out pretty, and very largely pink. They offer wide, starchy skirts and demure little tops. The young cotton pastorals (before you) put pink gingham checks to especially becoming purpose, and restore quilted pink flower prints to service. Result: the most beguiling country day-to-dark dresses.

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A pink beach-club dress that is apropos at nearly every gathering from luncheon through dancing. Lightly printed over the pink are clover blossoms in full, white bloom, By Anne Fogarty, in quilted Everglaze cotton by Everfast. About $40. Fresh spring make-up by Milkmaid - "Cherry Pink" lipstick, "Violet Frost" EyeShadowStick.

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A pink gingham check with a white organdie overband at the hem and neckline to provide a charming look of crispness, no matter how sultry the day. By Junior Accent. About $35. Pumps, Delman.

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A further exploration in pink gingham checks. By Man'selle. In junior sizes. About $35. The hat by Richard Englander.

Spring opens a space in the lives of all of us for the gentle, pastoral cotton that suggests a clearly romantic spirit (it was not by chance that Irwin Shaw called his remarkable study of the susceptibility of the make "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses"). This spring cottons are more irresistible than ever.
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One of the most delicious prints of Provence - a many-coloured length of field flowers - is here turned into a dress in every way proper to it. There are fragile little sleeves, and a devotedly tucked bodice. By Amerique, in Loomskill cotton lawn. In junior sizes. About $24. Hat, Richard Englander.

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Two approaches to dotted Swiss - the one on the left is a pure shirtwaist (about $55); the one of the right (about $55) has a nice, shawl collar. Both by Malcolm Charles, in Stoffel cotton.

Photos by Francesco Scavullo for Harper's Bazaar, April 1959.

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