Thursday, 24 July 2014

Foale and Tuffin

Before Biba there was Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin, two girls who met at Walthamstow Art College and went on to have a trailblazing career throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s. Like so many others in the '60s they just happened to be in the right place at the right time and they subsequently found themselves in the middle of the cultural explosion that was taking place in London that later went on to define the decade.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Dancing Feet

I am at my happiest when I'm dancing. I've danced in one form or another since I was a little girl, I started off doing the usual ballet, tap, jazz and modern but at the age of 16 I left my dancing school as Saturday jobs, GCSE's and socialising got in the way. It wasn't until 2012 that I started dancing again properly. I'd grown tired of the typical clubbing scene and wasn't interested in going out to dance to shit music anymore. I started looking into the swing dancing scene in London and found a class near to where I live, I managed to convince my sister to come along with me to the first few lessons so I wouldn't have to go in on my own (I can be quite shy!). I'm so glad that I went along to that class as I've made some amazing friends and gone to some absolutely brilliant events in the last two years. I couldn't imagine life without it. 

Friday, 27 June 2014

Style Muse: Vidal Sassoon

One for the guys this time. I've recently finished reading Vidal Sassoon's autobiography and thought his sharp style was worthy of being featured in the series. 

Vidal was born in Hammersmith in January 1928 and spent much of his childhood in East London. His mother, Betty, forced him to become an apprentice at a ladies hairdressers as she saw it as a way out of their grinding poverty. It was a good thing she did as Vidal went on to revolutionise hairdressing in the 1960s and his salon was the place to go and get your hair done. Photographers would camp outside his Bond Street salon, snapping the new haircuts as they walked out of the door.

Monday, 16 June 2014

The 60s Breton

One of the things I love most about 60s fashion is that it still looks relevant and cool today (in my humble opinion). If wearing a full on crimplene suit isn't your thing,  something as simple as a breton top and a-line skirt can give you a casual 60s look. Stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Francoise Hardy and Brigitte Bardot were all fans of a stripe in the 60s. 


The breton stripe was introduced to the French navy in 1858 but it owes its fashion origins to Coco Chanel. Whilst holidaying in the French Riviera the navy and white striped tops worn by the French sailors caught her eye, so much so that she included stripes in her 1917 nautical collection. In the 50s and 60s the breton top became hugely popular and it is considered something of a style classic today.