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Heroin Chic

Heroin Chic was a look popularised in mid-1990s fashion and characterised by pale skin, dark circles underneath the eyes and angular bone structure. The...

Ivy League Look

The financially prosperous times of the 1950’s sent kids off to college instead of war and the best way to prepare for your collegiate days...

Fashion in the 1950s

The 1950s: The teenage lifestyle is born, and with it come bobby socks and boppers, poodle skirts and pompadours. Ballerina Pumps Beehive Hair Bermuda Shorts Bobbie Brooks Bobby Socks Brothel...

Disco Fashion

Synthetics (satin, polyester, velour) Gold lamé Designer clothes and shoes (Gucci, YSL, Charles Jourdan) French Cut Jeans Gaudy polyester shirts High-waisted super wide pantsuits Short bomber jackets Strappy high-heels Spandex bodysuits Slinky wraparound...

Men of the Cloth – The low-down on four of London’s...

John Simons Little did he know it, but in 1965 the clothes stylist John Simons was about to start the skinhead movement in Britain. Simons, a pure Mod at...

Digital Watches

The first models (circa 1972) were very expensive and featured a flat black screen. One needed to press a small button on the side...

Vivienne Westwood

Original and outrageous, British designer Vivienne Westwood is one of the most recognised and influential designers of the late twentieth century. By her mid twenties,...

Twiggy

Twiggy's success story began in 1965 when Nigel Davies – a jack-of-all-trades who had worked as a bookie's office boy, amateur boxer, antique salesman,...

Mary Quant

Immortalised by fashion iconography as the originator of the mini skirt, London designer Mary Quant was born on 11 February 1934 in Kent. Born to Welsh...

Wrap Dress

Royal socialite turned fashion designer, Diane Von Furstenburg changed the way women looked at dressing when her revolutionary wrap dress melded function and fashion...

Winklepickers

Winklepickers: such a strange name for the pointy-toed shoe of the 50s and 60s. To understand the lore behind the winkle picker shoe, you,...

White Socks

The 1980s was responsible for many strange fashion innovations. One of which - for reasons forever unknown - was the sudden rise in popularity...

Wash & Go

"Take two bottles into the shower? Not me. I just Wash & Go". The idea that you could save time and money and effort when...

Wallabees

Wallabees were brown suede shoes with a beige, crepe-style squishy sole. These shoes were so ugly they were cool. Like old pioneer moccasins, or...

Vans

The colourful canvas shoe that caught a wave and rode in as a 1980s fashion phenomenon. Sean Penn's surfer dude character (Jeff Spicoli) in the...

Underoos

Underoos were the brainchild of Fruit of the Loom, and starting in 1978, these sets of fantasy underwear made it possible not only to...

Iron-On T-Shirt Transfers

There once was a time, believe it or not, when all t-shirts were not blank white garments. But as soon as someone realised that a...

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Farrah

Ferrah Leni Fawcett was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1947.   While studying at the University of Texas at Austin she was named one...

Candy Land

Imagine that the Brothers Grimm invented a board game. Now take out the witches. Welcome to Candy Land. Eleanor Abbott was recovering from polio when...

Penguin Books

Penguin paperbacks date back to 1935, but really reached their height of popularity in the 50s and 60s. Under the guidance of Germano Facetti, Penguin...

Bazaar

One of the most frustrating things about almost every pinball game is the gap between the two flippers. No matter how good players are,...

Kaftans

By the late 60s, the Kaftan was one of the favourite items of clothing in the Flower Children scene. Hippies were influenced by Eastern religions...