Happily Ever After

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White lawn dress printed with butterflies and flowers by Thea Porter. Straw hat by Buckle Under. Red wedge shoes by Kurt Geiger. Belt by Shape.

There’s a good reason why Vanity Fair is possibly my favourite magazine of this period. They were relatively conventional in the 1960s, and would ‘merge’ with Honey magazine around 1972, but in their death knells they were just about the most innovative magazine in the UK. Issues were often themed around ‘issues’, for example this one is entirely themed around break-ups and divorces (including a story on what a divorced man should wear when taking his kid out for the day).

Nor did they shy away from more expensive designer names, such as Thea Porter and Zandra Rhodes here, mixing them happily with the more affordable but still iconic boutique names like Stirling Cooper and Mr Freedom. Adding Foale and Tuffin, Pablo and Delia and Terry de Havilland into the mix for good measure, and all those stunning illustrations by Michael Foreman… this is one of my favourite editorials of all time.

Vanity Fair is also, frankly, a nightmare to scan because it falls apart at the binding with the lightest touch, which is why I don’t scan them as often. So enjoy the heaven of Harri Peccinotti’s work while I gently shuffle all the pages back into the magazine…

Photographed by Harri Peccinotti.

Illustrations by Michael Foreman.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vanity Fair, April 1971.

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Long grey crepe dress patterned with purple, green and red birds by Shape. Pablo and Delia suede thong necklace. Blue suede shoes at Sacha.

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Beige suede skirt with applique shapes and matching shawl by Mary Quant. Necklace from Buckle Under. Beige suede boots by Guy Humphries.

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Blue and white feather printed chiffon dress by Zandra Rhodes.

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Left to right: Chiffon blouse and multi-coloured skirt by Foale and Tuffin. Painted rainbow shoes from Mr Freedom. Painted belt by Shape. // Cream and red jersey catsuit (top only showing) and banded red and cream skirt both from Stirling Cooper. Red shoes by Kurt Geiger. // Cream, yellow and red jersey dress by Stirling Cooper. Pull on hat by Janice Peskett. // Red cotton t-shirt by Erica Budd. Cream dungarees from Stirling Cooper. Red python sandals at Elliotts.

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Above: Mauve satin cotton pinafore dress and blouse by Gladrags. Right: Bottom half of Alistair Cowin calico trousers with green printing. Green and yellow shoes by Terry de Havilland. Far right: Black velvet dungarees with white satin applique heart from Mr Freedom. Chiffon blouse from Foale and Tuffin. Mauve canvas boots at Charles Jourdan.


Fragile Face

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The most fragile face framed in glossy black hair to make the point. Midi dress by Zandra Rhodes from Fortnum & Mason, headband by Pablo & Delia, to order from The Shop. Hair by Oliver at Leonard.

Photographed by Barry Lategan.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Beauty in Vogue, Autumn/Winter ’70-’71.


Inspirational Images: Pastels are Prettier

Pale stripy sweater with drawstring sleeves by Dorothee Bis. Pale blue wool trousers by Pablo & Delia. Cultured pearls by Mikimoto. White hat by Herbert Johnson.

Pale stripy sweater with drawstring sleeves by Dorothee Bis. Pale blue wool trousers by Pablo & Delia. Cultured pearls by Mikimoto. White hat by Herbert Johnson.

Photographed by Peter Knapp.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, June 1972

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Pablo and Delia: Instant Nymph

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Place: Jane’s Harbour, at the house of Mr and Mrs R. Miles Warner. Dress: Fuschia chiffon over skirt, with leaf and flower liana. About £120. Pink net flower hat. Instant nymph. Pablo & Delia, both to order at Browns. Sandals by Saint Laurent Rive Gauche.

Photographed by Norman Parkinson. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, July 1973

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Inspirational Editorials: These smocks are the shape of things to come…

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Smock by Leslie Poole for Annacat. Small smock from Little Things.

“This is not a maternity feature, this means you. But what a great year to be pregnant”

Glorious Pre-Raphaelite inspired shoot by Barry Lategan, exactly how I dream of dressing every day. Those hats! …

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, March 1971

Get the look with a gorgeous printed smock dress over at Vintage-a-Peel

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Smock by Mary Quant Ginger Group. Velvet Holbein hat from The Sweet Shop.

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Smock by Lati Ptochis at Boston-151. Flower trailer by Pablo & Delia.

Smock and skirt by Tony Berkeley. Shoes by Pedro Garcia. Wristlet by Pablo & Delia. Hat by Malcolm Raines at The Sweet Shop.

Smock and skirt by Tony Berkeley. Shoes by Pedro Garcia. Wristlet by Pablo & Delia. Hat by Malcolm Raines at The Sweet Shop.

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Smock and skirt by Gina Fratini. Shoes by Pedro Garcia. Hat by Malcolm Raines at The Sweet Shop. Necklace by Pablo & Delia

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Smock by Janice Wainwright at Simon Massey. Painted hair decoration by Pablo & Delia.

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Smock by Margit Brandt, skirt by Kumari, both for Scorpio.


Inspirational Images: Jean Shrimpton in Pablo & Delia

Photographed by David Bailey

Photographed by David Bailey

Against the trompe l’oeil backdrops of a photographer’s portrait studio in Luxor High Street. Cake-frill blouse of flocked black voile, halter-necked, meeting at the waist and tying together at the back, and black linen trousers with big red polka dot. Green bead and red bow necklace. By Pablo & Delia, £20, at Browns.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, January 1972


Wear your art on your sleeve

Designed by Lyn and Mary, available at Deborah and Clare

Incredible spread from August 1970, showing the best of the exquisitely hand-painted and printed textiles around at the time. Highly covetable and just about the most perfect styling ever. There’s even a token piece of menswear!

The Sunday Times Magazine, August 1970. Photographed by Hans Feurer. Scanned by Miss Peelpants.

Faces reprinted by Roger Riley (art student at Liverpool Polytechnic) onto voile shirt.

Mr Freedom, 430 King's Road

Jumpsuit by Marsh and Armstrong, to order from Countdown 137 King's Road. Shirt by Biba, boots by Mr Freedom

Shoes decorated by Pablo and Delia. Shawl from Imogens, 274 Fulham Road.

Dress and eyeshade by Pablo and Delia. To order from Mr Fish, 17 Clifford Street.

Designed by Lyn and Mary, available from Deborah and Clare

Silk dress by Lyn and Mary from Deborah and Clare. Hat and boots by Biba.

Shirt made specially by Liberty's from French hand-painted panne velvet.