Ever been to bed in satin or gone to work in lizard, looked through chiffon or wore a cardigan to your knees? Well we haven’t either, but Grandmother might have. The Ossie Clark and Alice Pollock Autumn Collection was full of these new things from old. Quorum clothes have a habit of being way ahead of their competitors and you always have to pay for originality. Even if you can’t afford to buy there they point the way ahead so look hard. There were maxi-length tweed coats in pinks and greens, long suede suits with lizard insets. Skirts and trousers were long and flowing, blouses were in flouncy chiffon or giselle. There were butterfly dresses in flimsy chiffon, with streams of flowing scarves tied to the ankles or wrists. There was a mass of creamy satin made into long quilted coats or glamorous trouser suits. There were satin dressing gowns with matching pants and bra. Also flowing crêpe suits with satin trimmings, tight-knitted jumpers flecked with stripes of bright colours. And more and more….
Sadly some of the prices were wild too but the ideas are yours for the copying.
A perfect example of why the demise of the illustrated fashion editorial was so unjust.
Words by Sue Hone. Illustrated by Richard Evans.
Scanned from Petticoat, November 1968.
Illustrated by Philip Castle.
Scanned from Harpers Bazaar, March 1969
Miss Fortnum swings into a romantic summer with Gina Fratini’s Impressionist prints. Rust midi dress, £37.50. Grey-blue medieval gown, £49.
Illustrated by David Wolfe
Scanned from Vogue, May 1971.
See-through dresses and communal changing rooms call for something more flamboyant than chainstore underwear. What’s needed is a bit of…
Illustrated by Caroline Smith.
Scanned from 19 Magazine, April 1970.
Illustration by Reynold Ruffins
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Cosmopolitan, April 1973
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, February 1966.
Illustration by Julian Allen.
Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Petticoat, September 1971