The 1970s was a great era for the “dedicated follower of fashion” (thank you Ray Davies) , and plenty of authentic vintage pieces can still be found. Hippie flower power of the mid sixties had given us long flowing dresses and bell bottomed trousers, and this carried over into the 1970s, but became sharper and more mainstream. 1970s fabric patterns and styles are less whimsical and are generally bolder. Trousers become tight fitting , hipster and flared, shirts become more tailored, often with exaggerated collars and cuffs. Flared trousers are often combined with platform heeled boots. Fashion and music go hand in hand in the 1970s, and styles reflect the diversity of both….
Abba……Dancing Queen, David Bowie, Elton John, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith, Blondie, Rock and pop in all of its various guises…
The maxi dress, flares, platform soles, the jumpsuit, hot pants, halterneck tops, shaggy faux fur jackets, feather boas, big brimmed hats, tight T shirts, big belts worn round the hips, crochet dresses, handkerchief hemlines, Palazzo pants, knee high boots, the wrap dress, prairie dress, fitted velvet blazers, long narrow scarf, tan leather shoulder bags.
Designers to look for:-
Gina Fratini, Laura Ashley, Ozzie Clark, Zandra Rhodes, Celia Birtwell, Ralph Lauren, Diane Von Furstenburg, Jessica McClintock, Vivienne Westwood, Gloria Vanderbilt, Barbara Hulanicki (Biba).
Models and Muses:-
Jerry Hall, Lauren Hutton, Iman, Cheryl Tiegs, Marie Helvin, Farrah Fawcett, Joni Mitchell, Cher, Stevie Nicks, Faye Dunaway, Diane Keaton, Charlotte Rampling, Donna Summer, Bo Derek, Debbie Harry.
Lots of :-
Acrylic and synthetic fabrics, wash ‘n wear, non-iron, bold colours, fit and flare, swirling bold patterns.
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