Inspirational Editorials: Pin-up Parade

19 magazine, 1970s, biba, british boutique movement, Inspirational Images, james wedge, Marks and Spencer, miss mouse, swimwear, Wiki
Swimsuit by Miss Mouse

Swimsuit with cigarette packet print by Miss Mouse. Hat from a selection at Nostalgia. Black suede stilettos from Biba.

I have waxed lyrical on the wonders of James Wedge many times before. I’ve even waxed lyrical specifically on the subject of his version of pin-up photography and how it is vastly superior to the current swathe of poorly executed pin-up and burlesque photography. So I need not repeat myself too much. Suffice it to say, this man was looking backwards to a mere twenty/thirty years beforehand, at a time when this was still all generally considered to be rather naff and – also – an affront to the cause of feminism. He was creating images like this, in his darkroom. By hand. By trial and error. No going back if you cock it all up. No ‘vintage’ movement to motivate him. I certainly consider him to be more artist than mere fashion photographer.

Photographed (and hand-painted) by James Wedge. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from 19 Magazine, May 1974.

Swimsuit by

Swimsuit by Wiki. Swansdown powder-puff from Biba.

Swimsuit by

Swimsuit by Wiki. Red flower from Biba.


Red and white top with matching shorts by Miss Mouse. Towelling beach tobe from Marks and Spencer.

3 thoughts on “Inspirational Editorials: Pin-up Parade

  1. Thanks for sharing the story behind these incredibly amazing photos of this forward thinking and creative fellow… I so loved this spread and still do and the swimsuits are to die for…

  2. As much as I love Biba’s original 60s and 70s clothing, ads, posters, makeup, packaging of all items and interior decor of their shops, they are obviously not the brand to make a comeback because everybody else after Hulanicki has failed to bring Biba back to its glory it seems. But Miss Mouse now…that’s a brand that should definitely make a comeback because all of their clothes, if we are to go by all of your pics here, are beautiful!

    I’ve read that the original creator and designer of Miss Mouse died a while ago though but I wish someone would re-release all of the Miss Mouse’s original designs under that same brand name! : )

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