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March 2018, Cwmpengraig, snow, Welsh Wool.

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March 1st is Dydd Dewi Sant, St. David’s Day. ( patron saint of Wales). Traditionally, we celebrate with early spring daffodils, dancing, choirs, traditional costume and harp music. This year Cwmpengraig has been blanketed in snow and the winds are sharp and fierce. This little hamlet has been effectively cut off by the snow, and we are keeping warm with delicious Welsh cawl ( made traditionally with root veg and leeks) and scrumptious Welsh cakes made on the griddle.

Welsh costume
Traditional Welsh costume

The above photograph shows ladies in traditional Welsh costume probably in the late 19 th century. At this period, Drefach Felindre, now home of the National Woollen Museum of Wales, and the surrounding  villages and hamlets,  including here in Cwmpengraig, were busy with the production of woollen cloth, flannel for clothing and heavier weaves for blankets and the famous double cloth produced for “carthen”, the Welsh quilts/ bedcovers. “

As seen in this historical photograph, the costume was layered with flannel petticoats and skirts, aprons, blouses, “betgwyn”( an overjacket with three quarter sleeves and tailed back), shawl,  under bonnet and stove pipe hat. Leather boots or clogs may be worn with hose and under garments. Flannel was usually woven in stripes or small checks for ladies clothing and in plain or fine stripes for workmens shirts.

In the 1960s, there was a revival of the popularity of Welsh cloth, particularly of the distinctive double cloth, which, when woven in 1960s bright colours, seemed quite psychedelic. Mary Quant used Welsh cloth in some of her designs, and vintage clothes associated with the 1960s include mini skirts, capes, waistcoats and jackets, with matching accessories, handbags and coin purses. The museum at Drefach Felindre has a great gallery showing the way Welsh cloth has been used through history, including 1960s high fashion.

 

1960s Vintage, Swinging London, The Summer of Love, Models, Music and Mods.

The Swinging Sixties, as it became know, is synonymous with an explosion of creativity in fashion and music and art, that put Britain on the map as the innovative capital of the world!

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Hermans Hermit, David Bowie.

Pop Art, Op Art, Peter Blake, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Andy Warhol.

Hair….the lacquered beehive…..Vidal Sassoon, the five point bob.

Make-up….eyeliner, false eyelashes, pale lipstick, pale nail varnish.

Over the decade, various styles emerged, and it is possible to find plenty of 60s vintage clothing in good wearable condition.

Themes

Space Age and Futuristic, with  clothes made from plastic, metal or paper and new fabrics.  Lots of white and silver. Helmets, short boots, geometric structure and keyholes, geometric prints.

Designers

André Courrège, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne

The Mini Skirt

Courrège showed above the knee short skirts in the early 60s, however the term Mini skirt is accredited to Mary Quant, who, in the mid sixties, introduced skirts 6/7 inches above the knee. Mary Quant also designed groovy capes, mini skirts, dresses and bags using Welsh tapestry doublecloth in vivid 60s colour combinations.

Designers

Jean Varon, Mary Quant, John Bates, André Courrège.

Biba

The brainchild of designer Barbara Hulanicki, Biba started as a small store in Kensington in 1964, later, in the 70s, moving in to the old Derry and Toms department store in Kensington High St. Biba was a complete look, a distinct style, based on both Biba clothing and Biba make-up. Biba was a “dolly girl” look, big eyed and young.

Designer

Barbara Hulanicki

Flower Power, The Summer of Love.

1967 is known as The Summer of Love, and marks a summer when over 75,000 hippies gathered in Haight Ashbury, San Francisco. 1969 was the year of the Woodstock festival.  The late 1960s is associated with hippie fashion and inspired by American music.

Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Monkees, The Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Mamas & Papas.

Designers

Sandra Rhodes, Celia Birtwell, Ozzy Clark,

Models, Muses & Icons

Twiggy, Penelope Tree, Patti Boyd, Jean Shrimpton, Peggy Moffit, Grace Coddington, Cathy McGowan, Jackie Kennedy, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Mia Farrow, Nancy Sinatra, Sandy Shaw, Twinkle.

Key Pieces

Fingertip length mini dress, mini skirt, skinny rib sweater, ankle or knee high boots, baker boy hat, 3/4 length jacket, the headscarf, sack dress, smock dress, hot pants, palazzo pants, long floaty dress, headband. Welsh tapestry capes, skirts and handbags, the Afghan coat, a bibbity bobbity hat, satin loons.

lots of

crimplene, Tricel, polyester, permapleats, courtelle, acrylic, nylon.

1960s go go dress
1960s go go dress
1960s cocktail dress
1960s brocade cocktail dress
1960s purse, Welsh doublecloth.
1960s Welsh tapestry doublecloth purse
1960s Welsh doublecloth Handbag
1960s Welsh doublecloth handbag

 

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