Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1970s – Points of Interest

So, I was at the salon, getting my gold foil in place for the summer, and leafing through Paula Reed’s Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1970s, picking up inspiration for the future.  I took some notes and lodged some thoughts – I really do love psychological and sociological analysis of fashion, and this book was full of it, plus this idol for future meditative purposes:

From the intro:

‘It doesn’t take a PhD in psychology to work out that the layers that defined fashion’s mainstream look all spoke in some way about protection.  The short skirts over long skirts, the cropped sleeves over wrist length, the dresses with tabards and aprons, the piling on of patterns and textures: all were like a regression into a gentler past.  Meanwhile, the glittering feather-trimmed wardrobes of the disco divas were pure escapism.  And fashion remained in flamboyant denial until punk exploded into the aggression of the 1980s.’

Bill Gibb‘s shapes and patterns are nomadic luxe.  He is cited here as having said, “Reality is so horrific these days that only escapism makes it bearable at times.”

Kansai Yamamoto‘s Bowie costuming is sublime:




Kenzo Takada.  ‘Once asked why he didn’t design sexy, close-fitting clothes, he winced and said: “I couldn’t, I’m too shy.”‘

I don’t know what this image means, but I’m lost in it

Photographer, Deborah Turbenville, and her melancholic scenarios.  Reed says she ‘shows women who desire something more than men can give.’

And this quote on disco that cut my heart to shreds:

‘Disco had its detractors, of course.  Punk scorned it, equating it with the cabaret culture of Weimar Germany for its ignorance of social ills and its escapism.’

But this page on Kate Bush made everything better:





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