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:





Film Society Poster Design: ‘La Planète Sauvage’

The third screening in my month of grown-up animation for the Leeds College of Art Students Union Film Society (LCASUFS) was René Laloux’s La Planète Sauvage.  Another fancy trip through strange and unknown plains that (I hoped) would prompt more introspective speculation as well as a little look at the significance of all forms of life, or an opening of sticky cognitive doors.  This screening was much more of a success – 10 audience members!  I think the funky French soundtrack playing loud may have enticed them all the more down to the basement – the poster was more straightforward too.  Just graphite drawings scanned in and coloured in Photoshop:Posto

Posto 1


Then my awful type on top of that:


Dance again featured as an important (maybe even the ultimate) activity for the Draags – though it is interesting that this ‘strange courtship ritual’ is acted out in other giant beasts on another planet – the Draags, using their transcendental meditation to become the ‘heads’ of the alien headless nudes, control the bodies in an elegant ballroom-style dance.  These hyper intelligent beings, doing their courtship through an outside and non-Draag medium – akin to some of those fancy post- and trans-human ideas.


Nest Launch Party Decor

I like to paint.  I want to do it more often, get better at it, and enjoy it more.  I was given a great opportunity to flick the wrist at something useful last week, when class/housemate Sarah asked if I’d like to work with her on the ‘Face in the hole’ board for the Nest launch party.  She had already drawn out the Jabba with slave Leia basis, so I worked on the interplanetary sky and the slave girl body.  Here is a blurry photo of the sky, and a quick Instagram video from Fizz (event coordinator), evidencing our process:


The board in action: