I have been interested in fashion and style for as long as I can remember. Fashion isn’t just about clothes, it’s intrinsically linked to the arts such as to music and film, it follows politics, and social change. Think of the early punks (pictures may follow!) of the 70’s, they were so much about what was happening in 70’s Britain, and the freedom to express it. Styles that once may have seemed wild and inappropriate move to become the norm and socially acceptable.
But I’ve gone off point, my own interest was stimulated by 2 things, music and film. I grew up listening to hip shaking rock ‘n’ roll instigated by my father and watching those glorious Hollywood films of the 40’s and 50’s loved by my mother. Films that show cased designers such as Edith Head, Helen Rose, Dior, Givenchy, Norman Norell and Pierre Balmain, they dressed stylish actresses such as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Brigette Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor and my favourite Lauren Bacall (who I actually met – those eyes!). These films left a lasting impact and passion in me like nothing else I have experienced.
Having worked in fashion, I am fully aware of how important the archives are and their impact on the trends and designs of today. So I thought it would be fun to dig out some of my own archives and match them to today’s looks.
First is 70’s Denim:
The 1970’s was when denim really exploded onto the market, with jeans now completely accepted as everyday casual wear, denim was being consumed by all ages and not just confined to jeans, it was available as skirts, suits, waistcoats, jackets, hats and accessories were omnipresent. Spring/summer 2016 saw denim as a major trend once again, ranging from a new shape jean to the shirt dress and everything in between. The picture of me on the left was taken May this year , in the easy to wear A line denim skirt available from Warehouse. The picture on the right was taken in 1976, as you can see I am in full on denim: A lined skirt, waistcoat and wedges!! All from Marks and Spencer, who still have an A line denim skirt available here ,pictured below. I couldn’t find a Denim waistcoat but I did find these denim wedges by Spanish Brand Castaner .