Believe it or not, this is rainwear

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Showerproof cotton drill jodhpur suit by Biba. Fake snakeskin hat by Herbert Johnson. Black crocodile boots by Anello & Davide.

Since PVC, macs have been exotic… now the real exotics are turning waterproof. Weekend Telegraph photographed some of the unlikely new water-shedders in Jamaica, beside the Rio Grnde and in the Land of Look Behind.

Photographed by Burt Glinn.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from The Telegraph Magazine, July 1967.

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A PVC zip-up jumpsuit by Hilary Floyd modelled in Dunn’s River, Jamaica. Watch by Old England.

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Waterproof pigskin culottes by Cordoba Suedewear. Silk shirt by Annacat. Snakeskin waistcoat by Quorum.

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Hand knitted bikini by Spotlight. Trenchcoat by Weathergay.

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Showerproof cotton drill bermuda suit by Biba. Mock croc hat by Herbert Johnson.

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Canvas jacket by Andre Ledoux for Sidwall.

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Waterproof snakeskin brocade three-piece trouser suit by Susan Small. Crocodile Dior shoes by Charles Jourdan.

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Terylene and cotton cloak and hood by Burberrys. Tricel jersey evening dress and scarf by John Bates for Jean Varon.


Stars of the ’70s

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Camoflage raincoat by Valstar

Rainwear has definitely taken on a new look. The styles are more sophisticated and glamorous. They are the kind of clothes that Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo would have worn had they been designed earlier. When you invest in a raincoat these days it does not mean that you can, or should, wear it only on a rainy day. A garment that is waterproof, wind-proof and warm can be worn almost every day. The new raincoats are very practical and hardly crease. At the most they only need to be sponged with a damp cloth. So throw away that old plastic mac. ..and take a long, new look at what the Stars are wearing. 

Stunning editorial beautifully illustrated by the legendary Michael Roberts.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from 19 Magazine, October 1970.

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Rubberised cotton raincoat by Valstar

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Corduroy trench coat by Wethergay

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Left: Gabardine raincoat by Lee Bender for Bus Stop / Right: Red, grey and olive check raincoat by Valstar

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Midi raincoat by Valstar

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Left: Polyurethane rain suit by John Bates for Jean Varon / Right: Brown polyurethane raincoat by Weathergay


Prints for Evening by Jim Lee

Photographed by Jim Lee. Scanned from Flair, February 1970.

Pastel printed close fitting dress with long, swinging peplum and matching fringed scarf by John Bates at Jean Varon. All jewellery by Adrien Mann.

Something of a dream combination for me, with two of my favourite designers, Janice Wainwright and John Bates, with one of my favourite photographers, Jim Lee. I don’t see Lee’s work often enough for my liking…

Photographed by Jim Lee.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Flair, February 1970.

Photographed by Jim Lee. Scanned from Flair, February 1970.

Left: Softest pastel printed jersey cardigan coat with white, slightly flared crepe pants by Janice Wainwright at Simon Massey. Scarf by Lida Ascher. Right: Sprawling flower-printed cardigan coat with matching pants by Janice Wainwright at Simon Massey


Spring flowers in every shade

Spring Flowers in Every Shade - Bailey - Vogue - March 69

Fresh, fine and tiny on white. Two views of the new hooded dress, both lissom and long and framed in a froth of bright feathers. By John Bates at Jean Varon.

Photographed by David Bailey.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, March 1969.


Inspirational Images: Why not… go bare back?

Swag the rest in violet jersey: Jersey two-piece dress by John Bates.

Swag the rest in violet jersey: Jersey two-piece dress by John Bates.

Photographed by Michel Momy.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, March 1978.

Why not... show a leg with lemon, cream and gold: Hurel jersey top and culottes by Bill Gibb. Shoes by Bally.

Why not… show a leg with lemon, cream and gold: Hurel jersey top and culottes by Bill Gibb. Shoes by Bally.