Saturday, June 02, 2012

The Swinging Sixties

I mentioned last Thursday my recent obsession with the Beatles, yep. Well I've also been marginally obsessed with the 60s in general, I have even bought two pairs of Mary Quant tights and I have my eyes on a third.

I have been wearing my hair is milkmaid braids but you can't really even see my hair is plaited really because It's a really boring mousey colour so I was just going for cropped hair really, Twiggy, Peggy Moffitt style, but I have been called all of the following names:

•Grettel (of hansel and grettel)
•Heidi (who this is I have no idea but it's a common one, a teacher even called me this)
•Jane Austen
•Maria from the sound of music
•A 1940's filmstar (a different teacher called me this)
•Rapunzel (which I don't understand because she has long hair but I'll go with it)

I'm sure there was more but I can't recall. I got such filthy looks and I wore fantabulous barrettes the majority of the days from Ebay too, I think they look like the flower of the Mary Quant logo, if they can't pass for that I'll go with FLOWER POWER. They were £1.60 including shipping so go and buy yourself some, I'm trying to source many more barrettes to add to my childhood collection from Etsy with my birthday money.

Here are some 1960's inspired pictures, The coloured ones are taken on a camera with the lens obscured by old film negatives, it's not some repro effect. (no srsly i'm dying without picnik tho).

I have also attempted cat eye make-up which you can't even tell but it's fun to apply.

My 60s cape.
I'm doing the Swinging sixties for my textiles coursework at the moment too, I had to choose between this topic and 'The age of punk'. It was like picking a favourite child, I hope I don't get sick of the project because I've immersed myself in it so much already but it's unlikely! I took some photocopies out of a book called 'In Vogue' that was in the library, I would have gotten it out but It was bigger than my school bag so sat lonesomely flicking through the pages, taking note of things I liked, but I did get the Fashion Sketchbook 1920-1960 book which is AMAZING. This morning, a charity shop gave me the Adrian Mole book for free and I'll finish it later, and the Fashion Drawing book my mum bought me is also fantastic.
It has a foreword by Mary Quant seen below which was interesting to read. It's a really good book to see how fashion evolved and the illustrations are really intricate themselves.
The illustrations in the 'Fashion Sketchbook' one.

This other book, I've been trying to find for ages, I couldn't bring myself to spend the £9 Amazon are asking for it so when I was scanning the spines of the books in the fashion section of the library that Is largely neglected by 99.2% of the school I was ecstatic to uncover it. To top it off the first designer featured is Rodarte, which always makes things better. I admit, yes, It is produced by Teen Vogue, a teen magazine I'm not really an advocate of because of the complete focus and emphasis of the importance of beauty and perfectionism when they have a platform to deliver strong, effeminate knowledge to young, impressionable girls BUT with a wealth of knowledge available to me about what I want to possibly do in the future it seemed totally stooopid not to take it out, for educational purposes, yano?

Said book.
The hands are my obliging sisters, to whom I thank for the co-operation. The curtain behind all the books is something I made with lots of paper ephemera including year 7 school merits, a rabbit postcard with a vintage stamp on it, a Marwell zoo badge, a noughts and crosses game from my year 6 notebook and various other things, I've hung it in front of my window which are ugly 21st century made things.

Good day guurl, thanks for reading!

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