Maxi 70s

I think I avoided a Seventies maxi coat but I did have a maxi-dress for my 21st birthday. This film clip is focused on the maxi style but there’s loads of  interesting background detail as well.

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Fab frocks from 1970

I never managed to afford an Ossie Clark dress, much to my everlasting regret.

This film clip is a bit blurry but the dresses are great.

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Great 1970 Biba video

Interesting insights into the Biba way of design and sales in this film clip.

Fascinating interview with Barbara Hulanicki.

Wish I’d kept the Biba mail order catalogue I sent for in 1969!

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A 70s look at the Sixties

There’s an interesting interview with Mary Quant in the middle of this film

and some great Sixties shots to start with

but the last part of the film can only be described as bizarre.

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Summer of 1976 wedding

We celebrated our forty second wedding anniversary last week and these scans of our wedding cards surfaced when I was searching on my hard-drive for photos of the big day.

They’re a lovely souvenir of the 1970s and a beautiful day for a wedding in the glorious summer of 1976.

 We received some congratulatory telegrams as well. Telegrams?????

The style of 1976 telegrams was a tad more jolly than those sent to my parents for their wedding in 1950.

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But I think the wedding cards sent in 1950 are lovely, don’t you?

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5 Reasons why Prime Suspect 1973 is so good.

If it’s Thursday, it must be Prime Suspect 1973.

This week (so it says in the Radio Times) we’re getting:

a 1970s wedding

“all floaty Laura Ashley dresses and big hats” as Jane Tennison is her sister’s reluctant bridesmaid.

Meanwhile DI Bradfield is obsessing over the East End Bentley family

even though Jane tells him he’s got it all wrong.

The plot in this wonderful adaptation of Linda la Plante’s novel, “Tennison”, is stodgy and predictable so why is Prime Suspect 1973 the highlight of my viewing week?

1. Costumes

The costume designer is Amy Roberts who, according to the IMDb website, was nominated for an Olivier Award for best costumes for the 2009 stage production of The Misanthrope starring Damien Lewis and Keira Knightley. Well, Amy certainly deserves an award for the costumes in Prime Suspect 1973. She’s captured the spirit of the era beautifully and the series is worth watching for the costumes alone.

2. Music

The music draws on some of the more obscure pop and rock hits (and misses) of the period: songs I haven’t heard in decades plus a few of the better known efforts. Mixed in are some original pieces specially composed for the series which blend seamlessly with the authentic sounds of the 70s.

3. Lighting

The lighting is the ultimate stroke of genius in the series. A drab lighting pallette conveys the depressed nature of the economic state of the country and reflects the low tech quality of the TV camera work of the day. Brilliant!

4. Acting

A strong cast including a couple of veteran household names (Alun Armstrong and Ruth Sheen) bring real commitment to their roles. They’ve got the attitudes perfectly and the ensemble playing of the various groups within the cast is exemplary.

5. Attitudes

Every prejudice that manifested all day and every day in the early seventies is captured authentically in this production. The embryonic feminism displayed by Jane Tennison is tempered by the chauvinistic prevailing norms of the era. Shocking levels of racism and homophobia percolate the script presented head on with no compromise. If nothing else, this series is a celebration of progress. Yes, of course, there’s further to go and more to do. But compared with thirty years ago it’s encouraging that attitudes have changed so much.

If you want more blasts from the past check out Cabbage and Semolina, my memories of a 1950s childhood.

Are you watching Prime Suspect 1973?

We watched all the episodes of Prime Suspect starring Helen Mirren in the 1990s.

This new series with Stefanie Martini as Jane Tennison is really good.

Prime Suspect 1973 tells the story of 22-year-old Jane Tennison’s first days in the police force. She has to endure blatant sexism from her colleagues but the storyline where she’s thrown in at the deep end with a murder enquiry is riveting.

It’s the fourth out of six episodes tonight and I can’t wait.

5 stars from me for this one!