Easy Party Pieces

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Satin crepe de chine tie neck dress and chequered over jacket by Anne Tyrrell at John Marks. Suede shoes by Mondaine.

When it comes to dressing up tonight there’s no such thing as a party line. Redheads come into their own with sleek Garboesque hairdos to set off shiny battledress tops and trousers. Jazzily printed crepe de chine dresses and jackets mix with jersey and velvet, softly innocent or dangerously backless and halternecked. Diamante remains the vital accessory – shining in the hair as well as sprinkled on bodices. The choice is yours and glamour the mood.

Photographed by John Carter.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Flair, December 1971

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Cream jersey top and matching skirt by Mary Quant

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Both dresses by Harriet

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Liberty print cotton blouses and skirts, both by Courchevel. Choker by Ken Lane. Suede bar shoes by Russell & Bromley.

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Pleated cotton voile horseman print dress by Thea Porter. Gilt and mock turquoise belt by Ken Lane.

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Left: Dress by Reflections at Reldan. Right: Jersey dress by Baltrik.

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Left: Ban-lon halterneck dress by Wallis. Right: Brown crepe de chine dress by Annacat.

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Black jersey dress by Polly Peck. Inset: Jersey dress by Baltrik. Shoes by Russell & Bromley.

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Black satin battledress jacket and trousers by Juliet Dunn.

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Grey and red short wooly jackets by Elgee.

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Fringed black shawl from Emmerton and Lambert.

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Grey wool flannel full length cape by Christopher McDonnell for Marrian-McDonnell.

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Put a price on your face

Put a price on your face - Petticoat 22 May 1971

Our model, like all the best looking birds around, knows how to make the most of her looks without spending a bomb. She doesn’t buy goodies just because they are in lovely decorative jars or pretty tortoiseshell cases…

Headband by Biba.

Photographed by John Carter.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Petticoat, 22nd May 1971.


Soft Summer Shape-ups

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Gillian Richard pinny. Van der Fransen sailor blouse. Biba espadrilles. Cotton blouse and animal print winceyette shirt, both by Richard Green at Lady M ships. Raffia beret, wire bracelet and cherries, all from Biba.

This is the freshest summer fashion story so far. The prettiest pastel shades with tiny nursery prints you must be happy in. These clothes do the most for a girl and whatever your shape you’ll find all manner of pants, aprons and shirts to match your own personality.

Photographed by John Carter.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Petticoat Magazine, June 1972.

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Jasper shirt. Pants by Lizzie Carr for Plain Clothes. Biba beret.

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Shirt by Lizzie Car for Plain Clothes. Canvas pants at Stirling Cooper.

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Crochetta sweater at Knits and Leathers. Satin pants by Lizzle Carr for Plain Clothes. Edward Mann hat. Ankle strap shoes by Samm.

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Satin bermudas and satin smock, both by Lizzie Carr for Plain Clothes. Rosebud vest from Bus Stop. Edward Mann hat.


Sand Blasters

Photographed by John Carter. Petticoat, May 1971

Left: Harriet towelling halter neck bikini with cherry applique. Right: Harriet ‘boobs’ bikini with tie front.

Officially the most excellent novelty print I ever did see!

Photographed by John Carter.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Petticoat, May 1971

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Fly High

Fly High Petticoat May 71

Madras check skirt in Jones Ross cotton, tee shirt and specs by Biba, belt and choker by Ruth Conick.

Whether you’re embarking on an unforgettable journey to the Caribbean islands or making some of these smashing Style summertime separates, you’ll find that it’s just about as easy as flying – when you’ve got the know how!

Photographed by John Carter. Fashion by Sue Hone.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Petticoat, May 1971

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Left: Snowflake shorts in Herz Trevira, vest by Kadix, clogs by Elliott, choker by Ruth Conick. Right: Butterfly shorts in Herz fabric, blouse in plain Herz, clogs by Ravel.

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Pinafore skirt in Herz Trevira, blouse in Madras, hat by Titfers, sandals by Elliott.


Designer Focus: Alistair Cowin

Alistair Cowin photographed by John Carter for 19 Magazine, April 1969

Alistair Cowin photographed by John Carter for 19 Magazine, April 1969

You might not have heard of Alistair Cowin before. Like many other superbly talented designers in the 1960s and 1970s, he has rather fallen off the radar in recent years. But all it takes is a little article from a contemporary magazine, and an original garment, and I’m hooked. I’ve just listed this dress over on Vintage-a-Peel, and it’s a beauty. A vision in white chiffon, and very reminiscent of designs by his contemporaries John Bates and Gerald McCann. I only have one other piece by Cowin so far, so I think it’s safe to say his work doesn’t show up very often. And how often does a wearable collectable piece, in a non-teeny tiny size ever pop up?

Available now over at Vintage-a-Peel.co.uk

Alistair Cowin 1960s chiffon mini dress at Vintage-a-Peel

Alistair Cowin 1960s chiffon mini dress at Vintage-a-Peel


Mensday: Stay Snug

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Photographed by John Carter. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Petticoat, November 1971.

From left to right: She wears a curly fake fur short jacket by Elgee. Suede bib gauchos by 3 AM. Boots from Sacha. Canvas hat from Paradise Garage. He wears a leather flying jacket from Badges and Equipment. McCaul’s pullover. Pants from Take 6. Ravel lace-ups. 

She wears: Suede jacket with furry trim by Hidegrade. Waistcoat by Take Six. Plus fours by Gordon King. Crochet hat from Biba. Watch from Paradise Garage. Boots from Russell and Bromley. He wears a suede hooded coat from C&A. John Craig polo jumper. Check pants from Bus Stop. Lace-up boots from Ravel.