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

bowler hat

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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Library for hats?

Sunday hat designing competition 1945

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Shocking hat film from 1952

teddy bear

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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Crazy Hats from the 1950s

kitchen utensils

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

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Swinging Sixties Icons

Mary Quant

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Swinging 60s Models


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.


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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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.

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Spring Fashions from the 1950s

fashion 1955

Enjoy the Fashion!

Cringe at the Commentaries!

Spring Fashion from the 1950s.

Some odd styles in this set from 1958.

Lots of footage of empty chairs in this one.

And this is mercifully silent!

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