Abecita advert scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vanity Fair, April 1972
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, October 1973
Oh I do love a bit of photomontage, and this Steiner hair advert is just glorious. It was certainly a favourite technique of James Wedge, but I’m not sure they’re quite his style – they’re rather more straightforward and less painted. Although that’s not to denigrate them; I love the simplicity of the layout, which belies how entirely fiendish it was to make pictures like this. We take such effects for granted in the age of photoshop, but these would have been incredibly time-consuming…
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Cosmopolitan, October 1973
Another glorious underwear editorial by the always saucy, always perfect Mr James Wedge.
Photographed by James Wedge. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from The Sunday Times Magazine, October 1978
Further adventures in mild sauce by Duffy for the Janet Reger catalogue.
Undated, probably from the early Seventies. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Chastity in Focus, 1980.
I think Lui may well be my new favourite magazine. Mad AND rude…
Photographer uncredited. Scanned from Lui, January 1972
I am now the proud owner of ‘Chastity in Focus’, which was a book produced in 1980 by the Janet Reger underwear company to celebrate the photography of its catalogues. Janet Reger underwear was truly revolutionary at the time, mixing practicality and comfort (the bras are often non-wired and non-padded) with sensual silks and delicious, edible colours. No scratchy red and black nylon lace, no boring white cotton.
Many of the images are by Bob Carlos Clarke, who photographed the catalogue I already own, but I was blown away by some of the Duffy pictures. More to come soon. In the meantime, here’s the book’s dedication:
This book is dedicated to all those who worship the female form in all its gracefulness, who indulge in the joys of its inner sanctum and who are forever drawn by its promise of sensual ecstasy.
I also have some Janet Reger pieces for sale over at Vintage-a-Peel in my ‘loungerie’ section