I haven’t had a hat post for a few days and thought this one was worth a look.
And this stock film from Pinewood Studio of rush hour crowds crossing London Bridge is really good quality. No sign of Swinging London yet but a good shot of a police officer on a raised platform controlling the traffic so pedestrians can cross the road safely. (About 3.17). Good shots of footwear right at the end and overall a great impression of early 1960s working class fashion. If someone added a musical score, this film would make a mini City Symphony.
Leefdale is busily preparing for the 2001 Magnificent Britain Gardening Competition.
Unfortunately, the sale of The Old Rectory and its exemplary gardens threatens the hopes of many of Leefdale’s residents. More details.
Mine is cream coloured straw and the trim is a nicely co-ordinated beige and brown. This style gives plenty of cover and is light and easy to wear. Except when it’s windy! And then it feels as if it might take off although it never actually has.
So I’ve been looking for a hat which will give good sun protection on windy days and I’ve bought this Betmar Face Framer which has an elasticated section at the back to keep the hat secure. It’s a bit like a baseball cap but with a deeper peak and a pretty bow at the back. I’ve worn the hat when the wind was a strong breeze and it didn’t move an inch so I’m waiting for a sunny day with a very strong wind to give it a proper trial. Doesn’t look as though I’ll have to wait too long either as the weather forecast for next week seems to match those conditions.
So, hopefully, I’ll be out in the fresh air and enjoying the sunshine suitably protected with shades and sunhat.
In 1945 a Sunday newspaper organised a hat designing competition and the inspiration for the winners reflects their war-time experiences. Tanks? Flame-throwers? Amazingly the milliners actually created these hats and found a couple of women to wear them.
This is an interesting clip from 1938: felt hats being made in a factory in Luton, Bedfordshire. And a few variations on the styling too.
You can tell that Health and Safety hadn’t been invented in this 1952 clip!
you’ll probably like these films of Swinging Sixties icons too.
Some rather odd footwear included in this collection along with the iconic flower logo.
Lots of big smiles from Twiggy and even more from Justin.
The Oscar nominations are announced by Rex Harrison and Julie makes a tearful acceptance when she wins.
Jean talks to a tongue-tied TV interviewer who asks her what she thinks of Twiggy and if she’s too old at twenty three to be a fashion model.
Jean scandalises the matrons of Melbourne by appearing at the Races without a hat and wearing an above the knee skirt.
Marianne sings “As Tears Go By” and explains that she was asked to make the record because she had a face that would sell. She’s introduced by a very uptight Brian Epstein who had little talent as a TV presenter.
Lots more 60s Icons
This clip is great for a walk down Memory Lane as it features the mini-kilt, my favourite in 1966.
I bought mine from C&A (Coats and ‘Ats as it was known in my family).
My dad went ballistic about the length saying the mini-kilt was too short to wear outside the house. Funny really as they don’t seem all that short. Maybe the C&A version was shorter!
The next clip features Cathy McGowan from Ready, Steady Go as she presents her own fashion collection.
Actually the dresses seem quite staid and frumpy looking rather like an overall. I don’t re-call yearning for any of these fashions. The second half of the clip features fashions for boys, They look quite middle-aged now!
At this fashion show in Manchester, the models are dancing in a group.
But where are the handbags in the middle?
The op-art outfit has reminded me of my prized possession: op-art, clip on earrings. About 3 cm in diameter with five black and white concentric circles. I wonder what happened to them?
The sculpture in the photo at the start of this post is:
Three Figures (2012) by Neal French, Bourdon Place, London W1.
A passing shopper stumbles upon Terence Donovan photographing the model Twiggy near to his studio in 1960s Mayfair.