Inspirational Editorials: Splitting the Difference

Crepe skirt and printed chiffon blouse both at Quorum. Pink patent shoes at Elliott. Tights from Bus Stop.

Crepe skirt and printed chiffon blouse both at Quorum. Pink patent shoes at Elliott. Tights from Bus Stop.

If you are prepared to forsake the mini this summer for the midi or maxi, you will find that designers have compensated for covering the legs by boldly slashing the skirts at the front, the back and the sides. Photographed at The Chelsea Drug Store.

This is a fascinating editorial for a few reasons. Firstly it is photographed at the legendary Chelsea Drug Store, showing off the incredible interior to perfection. It singularly fails to credit Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell with their garments for Quorum (an odd oversight given their fame at the time…). It is also a glorious insight into the mini/midi/maxi debate of 1970 and shows us the transition between late Sixties style and the early Seventies. The clothes are familiar as early Seventies, but the shoes are not yet platform and still stuck in a low block heel.

Photographed by Hans Feurer. Styled by Cherry Twiss.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from The Telegraph Magazine (exact date unknown, Spring 1970)

Cream jersey dress at Marrian McDonnell. Gold sandals at Elliott. Onyx and silver ring from The Purple Shop.

Cream jersey dress at Marrian McDonnell. Gold sandals at Elliott. Onyx and silver ring from The Purple Shop.

Printed voile dress by Mary Quant. Suede granny shoes by Elliott. Victorian pendant at The Purple Shop, Chelsea Antiques Market.

Printed voile dress by Mary Quant. Suede granny shoes by Elliott. Victorian pendant at The Purple Shop, Chelsea Antiques Market.

Orange crepe dress at Bus Stop. Orange suede sandals at Elliott.

Orange crepe dress at Bus Stop. Orange suede sandals at Elliott.

Dress by Radley Gowns from Quorum. Shoes from Kurt Geiger. Victorian pendant from The Purple Shop.

Dress by Radley Gowns from Quorum. Shoes from Kurt Geiger. Victorian pendant from The Purple Shop.


Inspirational Illustrations: Sexual fantasies are important

Sexual fantasies are important - Dick Ellescas - Cosmopolitan, February 1973

Illustrated by Dick Ellescas.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Cosmopolitan, February 1973


Vintage Adverts: Meet your Swedish Playmate

abecita advert vanity fair april 72

Abecita advert scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vanity Fair, April 1972


Starlet Nights

Upstaging madly in a flurry of feathers, flounces and faux jewels, our chorus line throws caution to  the wings and takes centre stage for a thousand and one glamour-puss nights, directed by Hamish Bowles, 19.

Left to right: Black taffeta dress by Murray Arbeid. Black velvet and rose fascinator by Stephen Jones. Black wool crepe sheath dress with feathers by Sheridan Barnett. Black marabou and ostrich feathered opera coat by Sheridan Barnett, from Roxy 25 Kensington Church Street. Mauve taffeta and velvet stripe dress by Murray Arbeid. Rose hat by Stephen Jones. Crystal drop earrings by Monty Don. Black sun-ray pleated lame and chiffon evening dress by Antony Price, to order from Ebony. Earrings by Andrew Logan.

Upstaging madly in a flurry of feathers, flounces and faux jewels, our chorus line throws caution to the wings and takes centre stage for a thousand and one glamour-puss nights, directed by Hamish Bowles, 19.

A fascinating little spread here, directed by a 19-year-old Hamish Bowles and featuring pieces by established designers like Sheridan Barnett, Murray Arbeid and the Antony Price I’d give my first born to own… Plus up and coming designers like Stephen Jones and Monty Don (yes, that Monty Don…). Plus the make-up was by iconic Sixties model, Maudie James. I’m not such a huge fan of Harpers and Queen in this period, but this spread is such a perfect combination of what had been and what was to come – which makes it a definite cut above the rest.

Photographed by Clive Arrowsmith.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, August 1983


Inspirational Images: Unidentified Woman by Arnold Genthe, 1910

Unidentified Woman by Arnold Genthe 1910 Autochrome

Unidentified Woman by Arnold Genthe (Autochrome, 1910)

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from The Sunday Times Magazine, 22nd October 1978


Vintage Adverts: Eye Look

Max Factor advert

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Nova, April 1968


Inspirational Editorials: Prêt à porter de Printemps

Sortie à Paris: Silk chiffon blouse and crepe de chine skirt in the same print, silk jersey vest and wool jacket, all by Chloe.

Sortie à Paris: Silk chiffon blouse and crepe de chine skirt in the same print, silk jersey vest and wool jacket, all by Chloé.

Photographed by Jean Widmer. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Jardin des Modes, February 1971

Vernissage avant-garde: Silk jersey sweater with stripes and pop print, satin and wool jacket and knee length skirt, all by Chloe

Vernissage avant-garde: Silk jersey sweater with stripes and pop print, satin and wool jacket and knee length skirt, all by Chloé

Recevoir chez soi: Black skirt, tank top and print chiffon blouse by Chloé. Black suede shoes by Charles Jourdan.

Recevoir chez soi: Black skirt, tank top and print chiffon blouse by Chloé. Black suede shoes by Charles Jourdan.

A une vente de tableaux: Short zippered jacket with Mandarin collar, vivid coloured satin shirt and trousers by Rodier.

A une vente de tableaux: Short zippered jacket with Mandarin collar, vivid coloured satin shirt and trousers by Rodier.


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