Saturday, 29 October 2016

Dentelle Galler & the King's Road Hippies 1969


A somewhat unusual advert promoting lace fabric, obviously there's nothing unusual about a well established company using an advertising campaign to put a new spin on a traditional product, a lot of old brands tried to attract younger customers by tapping into various aspects of the counter-culture scene via print adverts at the time. But I do find it interesting  that they make a point of saying that the publicity photograph was taken 'spontaneously' with the participation of some hippie friends in the King's Road! Because generally speaking, advertisement campaigns are usually predetermined right down to the last detail. The couple on the right are the only ones actually wearing lace shirts, difficult to tell if they were also part of the impromptu gathering or if they were in fact agency models. Who knows?, perhaps just prior to or mid-way through the session they went out and scouted for suitable people on the street to join them, to give it a more authentic real life feel! Which wasn't a bad idea, but may have worked better in a natural setting. It's still a cool shot though, they almost look like they're a band!










C'est à londres que cette photo a été réalisée par publicis, avec la participation spontanée de hippies rencontres dans king's road.                                                   


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Image scanned for the Sweet Jane blog from Jours de France, 19th April, 1969 with thanks to Brad Jones, photographer & models uncredited. Some more examples of London street fashion from 1969 in one of my previous posts here. Swop Shop - fashion for him & her here.  Curls - the beginning of the Nouvelle Wave trend, courtesy of Vidal Sassoon here. And finally, discover more about the origins and history of lace on the Lace Guild website here,  

Monday, 24 October 2016

Carte Blanche de Weill Paris 1969


Some very striking images from Weill's 1969 prêt-à-porter collection, these three adverts were part of an extensive publicity campaign to promote the rather exotically named range. 



                                                                                Modèle Indiana







                                                                                    Modèle Jade





                                                                                  Modèle Bali

                                          
                                                 IMAGE CREDIT & LINKS
Image (1.) scanned for the Sweet Jane blog from Elle Magazine 13th October 1969 with thanks to Brad Jones, photographer and models uncredited. Image (2.) scanned by Sweet Jane from Elle Magazine 6th October 1969 & image (3.) scanned from my personal collection of vintage adverts which I purchased as an individual page separated from the original unidentified 1969 magazine publication, although I would imagine it is more than likely that it was also featured in another issue of Elle from this period. Discover more about the Weill brand heritage founded in 1892 by Albert Weill here.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Pop Style 1965


In this exuberant year of crazy haircuts, above-knee skirts and giddy stockings, the fashion designers in search of something even further out have turned to pop art. A dozen Junior Miss firms are busily running up little sleeveless shifts to serve as human canvases for the carefully delineated mundane objects which pop artists love to glorify. The dresses display a man's waistcoat and watch, beads and zippers, and for a real clincher, that famous can of soup. Pop fashions already have it made in the U.S. where teenagers are collecting them as avidly as their elders collect painted classics by pop masters like Warhol and Lichtenstein. According to visiting Londoner Jill Stuart, who poses here, they are a threat to those invading far-out styles, the French Yé-Yé's and her hometown Chelsea look.









Jill Stuart wears a simple cotton dress (Crazy Horse, $15) printed in pop art style. Her vest a parody of real ones worn by the British singing pair, Chad and Jeremy. Chad is Jill's husband.



Bold polka dot collar and tie and out-sized hip belt are screen printed on above-the-knee shifts each $15, Bandbox Junior Petites. (*The dress on the right was yellow with a red printed belt). They are worn here by Jill (right) and American teenager Paula Feiten with no other accessories but their swinging, shoulder length hair, black stockings or boots.



Giant zipper pretends to fasten front of dress (Crazy Horse, $15) - kidding, in pop fashion, about one of the most practical and unglamorous parts of apparel. (Real zipper in back doesn't show.)




Glamourous beads cover most of facade of dress (Kelita $15) contrasting with Orphan Annie black stockings. 




Another example of the printed bead dress by Kelita (above), in colour this time round, for the full 'Pop Art' effect! 




Some of the most famous pieces of pop art are Andy Warhol's paintings of Campbell's soup cans. He has made 32 oils of this familiar first course, and has sold them for $1,500 each. He also autographs actual 12¢ cans of tomato soup, selling them at $6 each. But this dress by Crazy Horse costs only $15.


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All images scanned By Sweet Jane from LIFE magazine 26th February 1965. All photographs by Fred Eberstadt. All information courtesy of the original article. Except colour example of the Kelita printed bead dress which I scanned from Sixties Fashion - from 'less is more' to Youthquake by Jonathan Walford. How Warhol's work influenced our wardrobes here. Discover more about The Fabric of Pop Exhibition at the V&A in 1974 here.  Examples of Geometric Pop Designs by John Kloss here. Read about Chad & Jeremy’s Double Life here and view some more examples of Jill Stuart modelling in 1965 on Mini Mad Mod 60s here and also Ford Model Paula Feiten here. You'll find Cathy McGowan & Ready Steady Go - a key component in the emerging British pop and fashion scene here Some New York Pop Fashion from 1971 here. Pop Goes the Easel-A portrait of pop artists Peter Blake, Derek Boshier, Pauline Boty & Peter Phillips (documentary 1962) here. And finally, view Andy Warhol-The Complete Picture (a documentary) here.

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