Get ready to sing in the rain!

Assuming that the British summer will be typically wet,

you might like to start looking for a new umbrella.

These umbrellas from 1956 are impractical, ridiculous and highly entertaining but they might give you a little inspiration!

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Visiting London in the 1950s

Afternoon Tea, Sunday Tea and a very fine teapot.

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How to wear your bowler 1960s style

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.

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Lots more hats

I’ve posted about a lot of hats in the last few days from kitchen utensil inspired hats  to rather shocking hats with real wild life trimmings.

I’ve always liked hats and sometimes wish I’d been born in an era when it was the norm for everyone to wear some form of titfer.

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The chemotherapy treatment I’m having causes acute sensitivity to sunshine and, as well as wearing sunglasses at the first hint of sun, I’ve had to re-appraise my hat wardrobe.

straw hat
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I have a lovely straw sun hat from M&S with a nice wide brim and a scarf round it.

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.

Audrey Hepburn
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Sunday hat designing competition 1945

I thought the kitchen utensil inspired hats I found a couple of days ago were bizarre but the hats in this film clip come a close second.

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!

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Shocking hat film from 1952

The juxtaposition of hat trimmings in this film clip with the types of wild life that sourced them is truly awful.

And filmed at London Zoo too.

I think this film clip speaks volumes about changed attitudes in the last fifty or sixty years. Can you imagine the outrage now if fashion offered anything remotely like these hats?

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Library for hats?

Want a posh hat?

Can’t afford to pay the full top fashion price?

This 1954 hat library might be the answer!

Er – maybe not if the hygiene aspect is perturbing. Apparently the opening shot which looks like a display case or maybe a small fridge is actually a hat steriliser. That’s alright then!

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This 1959 film of hats inspired by kitchen equipment is bizarre!

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Swinging Sixties Icons

If you enjoyed

Swinging 60s Models

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Swinging Sixties fashion shows

you’ll probably like these films of Swinging Sixties icons too.

Mary Quant

Some rather odd footwear included in this collection along with the iconic flower logo.

Twiggy

Lots of big smiles from Twiggy and even more from Justin.

Julie Christie

The Oscar nominations are announced by Rex Harrison and Julie makes a tearful acceptance when she wins.

Jean Shrimpton

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 Faithfull

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

Brigitte Bardot
Farrah Fawcett
Jane Asher
Goldie Hawn
Anita Pallenberg
Pattie Boyd
Jean Shrimpton
Maurren Cox
Ewa Aulin
Cynthia Powell
Marylin Monroe
Audrey Hepburn
Monica Vitti
Sophia Loren
Colleen Corby
Marianne Faithfull
Cilla Black
Linda McCartney
Mandy Weet
Sharon Tate

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Swinging Sixties fashion shows

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.

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Swinging 60s Models

When I was exploring Moped fashion! a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled on this great Youtube film.

If you love all things Sixties, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this fantastic compilation.

Hope you’re having a good day.

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