In order to read any book I have to read it during my transit to and from work because home time is spent sewing or some such activity, so I had to carry this around with me each day and pull it out for the two 20 minute train rides. I get a lot of funny looks but there's no other way for me to read it!
And being that its so big and thick I do have to read it quickly so that I'm only carrying it for a week at max, so there are plenty of post-it notes strewn through out which you'll see in the photos.
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The front cover art is really a let down. It looks like it might have been a sketch design which the publisher accidentally approved and let go to print without changing the font or changing the base colour. Oh well!
The book itself is excellently written and manages to match up photos with text - which I always find annoying if a book is talking about one such dress, but its no where to be found in the actual book. They also cleverly pair up particular designs with their advertisement or a photo of someone wearing the garment. I like this pairing of real and modelled. So many vintage garments are cooped up in museums we hardly get the chance to see them move, bend, or shine in the light
|Indian Gilt thread embroidered black silk apres-ski top by Charles Adams of Switzerland c.1961|
|'Roman Roads' print silk dress by Pucci c.1960|
The book is presented chronologically - but doesn't make specific chapters for each year - the paragraphs sort of flow into each other, but great details are described of the high fashion world in the early 60's and its eventual demise in the late 60's.
There is plenty of talk about the Paris fashion scene which eventually attention is moved to New York and London youth fashion as expected. Its actually quite refreshing to read about it in this order
|The Mods monthly - A publication for Mods living outside of London first published in March 1964|
Breaking up the talk of who is showing what in Paris the books delves deeply into various side trends like Youthquake, mens fashion, the influence of certain movies on fashion, accessories, wigs, hats, hippies, paper clothing and mini's of course!
An interesting topic it speaks of is trousers. I didn't realise how much controversy they caused in the 60s! But it was almost expected that you wouldn't be allowed in a hotel for wearing them - even though smart trousers were something that women had been wearing for a number of years at home, out shopping or on holiday
|Blue and Purple print shirtwaist dress by Twiggy, c.1967|
|'The accent is Paris" Andre Courreges and Yves Saint Laurent interpreted for the Canadian Juniors market by Eaton's 1966|
|Blue rayon tie dress by Mary Quant, Spring 1968, and models wearing the dress in London with Quant herself on the right, March 1968|
|Pop art necklace print cotton dress, sold throughout the US, Spring 1965|
|Right: Printed cotton shift by Dynasty, Hong Kong c. 1965-1967. Left: Beaded discotheque dress made in Hong Kong by Malcom Starr c.1965-67|
|Dresses by Yves Saint Laurent Autumn 1966|
|Orange and Pink striped sleeveless shift by Youth Guild, New York c. 1966-67|
I love this outfit!
|White paper ball gown created by Walter Holmes to showcase the materials potential September 1965|
|Paper earrings set by Harry Gordon - one of the many possibilities for paper c. 1967-68|
|American floral embroidered boots by Jerry Edouard c. 1967|
|Dynel wigs advertisement April 1962|
|A return to to the romantic look - American ruffled silk chiffon dress, unlabelled spring 1968|
|Rosina Ferragamo shoes, c. 1969-70 that pick up on the trend for patch work|
|Black and white empire-waist dress by Geoffrey Beene New York Spring 1969|
|Leather and suede outfit with midi hemline but mini slit in front c. 1970|
|Transparent blouse by Oscar De La Renta Paris and unlabelled "gypsy" skirt c. 1969-70|
All in all its a very comprehensive book in sixties fashion and worth the price and lugging around for the week. And when I finally get back to writing my "Dressing the decade" posts, this book will be much relied on.
I give it 4 and a half out of 5 stars (yeah I'm giving out stars now like a movie reviewer)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend all! Read a book or take a lovely walk outside and enjoy the change of seasons