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Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category

  • Get Smarter – Aquascutum

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    Upmarket outerwear heritage brand Aquascutum (Latin for watershield) is going through hard times at the moment and has had to close its Corby factory on the instructions of the administrators. Whilst this signals the end of UK production for the brand it...

  • Menswear – Patterns From The Past

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    During tough economic times people tend to go back to basics to save money, whether it’s making your own presents or for the more adventurous making your own clothes. For any budding home tailors out there who love the sixties and seventies style, here...

  • Colleen Corby – Face of a Generation

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    If Twiggy represented the face of UK fashion in the 1960s then it can be argued that her opposite number across the pond was a certain Colleen Corby who was an early candidate as an American supermodel as far back as the early 1960s. Corby started her...

  • The Mark of Fashion – 1970 Sears Catalogue

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    Once the largest retailer in the US, Sears or to give them their full name – Sears Roebuck and Co. is also one of the oldest having started trading in 1886. The Sears catalogue, first produced way back in 1888, has always been a staple of their business and...

  • Walking Down The Kings Road

    • 11973 Views • 1970s, Architecture, Everyday People, FashionComments Off on Walking Down The Kings Road

    Few streets have such mythical status as King’s Road, Chelsea. From being the place where all the 1960s cool cats hung out to the centre of the UK ‘76 punk explosion it was for many years the place to hangout and be seen. More recently its gentrification...

  • Shop Around – Kays Catalogue

    • 34980 Views • 1960s, 1970s, Ephemera, Fashion, Retro AdvertisingComments Off on Shop Around – Kays Catalogue

    While investigating the heritage world of Kays on the internet  we’ve found out a couple of new facts about the British mail order catalogue. Firstly, iconic model Jean Shrimpton posed for the pages of Kays in the early 1960s. And the...

  • Swinging Siam – Thai Fashion Magazine 1968

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    Time to go far-out in the far-east as we go to Swinging Siam in the sixties. Before now we’ve had funky music and record covers from Thailand in our Sound of smiles feature and posted some colourful Thai vintage film posters...

  • Pierre Cardin’s Bubble House

    • 33408 Views • 1980s, Architecture, FashionComments Off on Pierre Cardin’s Bubble House

    We guess If you’re a famous Avante-garde designer with a flair for space age style, living in a boring old square shaped house isn’t an option – This may be the case with French fashion designer Pierre Cardin. In 1954 he introduced the...

  • German Adidas Catalogue 1968

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    At the 1968 Mexico Olympics 85 percent of athletes wore Adidas footwear, so it’s no surprise this German catalogue from the same year features some rather dazzling ‘Gold for Mexico’ spiked running shoes and some cool black striped Olympiade...

  • Lesser-Known Youth Culture – Chicago Gousters

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    We first stumbled across the term Gousters (the first syllable rhymes with now) courtesy of the excellent Chicago based blog darkjive and since then we’ve been trying to find out more about them but with limited success. This is by no means a comprehensive...