The Guitar Lesson

1970s, Brad Holland, Illustrations, mild sauce, Playboy, psychedelia

Illustration for a short story ‘The Guitar Lesson’ from Memoirs of the Comte de Gramont.

Illustrated by Brad Holland.

Scanned from Playboy, May 1970.

New Scene Baby Dolls

1960s, Babydoll, Hair and make-up, Illustrations, Make-up, Rave, Vintage Adverts

“Wake up to new make-up”

There is always wonder and joy when I find another of these Woolworths Baby Doll make-up adverts. But there is also always eternal frustration that I don’t know who illustrated them.

Scanned from Rave magazine, July 1969.

A Clutch of Bags

1970s, alistair cowin, Angela at London Town, bags, biba, caroline smith, Elle, flair magazine, gordon king, Herbert Johnson, Illustrations, Pierre Elegante, Sujon, Titfers
From left to right: Black satin Oxford bags, Angela at London Town £5; black satin clutch bag with rhinestone star, Titfers £8. Orange and red blanket check pure wool bags with turn ups, Pierre Elegante £8; yellow felt clutch bag with navy satin trim and flower button, Titfers £4. Wool gaberdine rust Oxford bags with winged pockets and turn ups, Gordon King £7.50; navy felt clutch bag with white anchor and white satin trim, Titfers £4; cotton kerchief square 40p, Herbert Johnson. Rust two toned patterned wool tweed trousers with turn ups, Biba £5.50; Black suede clutch bag with rust suede trim, Biba £7.75. Red acrylic wool Oxford bags, Alistair Cowin £6.50; black blue and beige chevron felt clutch bag, Titfers, £4.20. Rust brown and ochre checked wool tweed bags with turn ups, Sujon £9.50; golden suede clutch bag with tortoiseshell flap, Elle £12.50.

This autumn there are bags everywhere: Oxford ones on your pins and clutch ones in the hand. The return of the straight trouser has brought with it wing lapelled jackets with padded shoulders and neat waistcoats. Underneath, a feminine touch to soften the butch look, blouses with floppy painters’ bows. And don’t forget your clutch bag tucked neatly under your arm.

Illustration by Caroline Smith.

Scanned from Flair, November 1971.

How to look 1970

19 magazine, 1960s, 1970s, Illustrations, michael roberts, way in

Before you write off last year’s wardrobe as being out of date, or get depressed because you have nothing to wear and no money to spend … take a few minutes off and let your imagination wander like we did here. For instance, have you ever thought of:

Cutting down the sleeves of shirts and dresses to the new elbow length, adding old lace cuffs and collars and, perhaps, a heart pocket or two?

Adding a stunning button trim right down the sleeves of sweaters, cardigans and plain dresses?

Cutting up pieces of odd fabric and making patchwork pockets, shoulder insets and long scarves?

Ripping off existing collars and cuffs and replacing them with a lovely floral print with tie or scarf to match?

Adding a fake fur trim to the inside of cuffs, collars, pocket flaps and front openings to give a luxurious new look to a tired jacket or coat?

Adding fake fur pockets, shoulder yokes, collars and cuffs?

Cutting down trousers that are too short to four inches below the top of your boots? (test the length first so you don’t cut them too short).

Knitting yourself a long, long scarf and fringing the ends, or buying a long length of material and doing likewise?

Wearing your trousers inside your boots to promote a sleeky, sporty look?

Wearing a Sam Browne belt? (Available from Way In or Army Surplus Stores.)

Plaiting your hair and winding it around your ears, or wearing it in a plaited bun at the nape of your neck.

There are endless possibilities. All it takes is a bit of patience and some rummaging around.

Illustrated by Michael Roberts.

Scanned from 19 Magazine, September 1969.

When you share, you care…

1970s, Illustrations, leslie chapman, petticoat magazine

That could probably be my motto where my website/instagram feed is concerned. It helps cheer me up a little bit, especially right now, and I hope it does the same for you all too.

Illustration by Leslie Chapman.

Scanned from Petticoat, August 7th 1971.

Had any good dreams lately?

1970s, cosmopolitan, Illustrations, John Walsh, mild sauce

Illustration by John Walsh.

Scanned from Cosmopolitan, July 1975.

Daniel Hechter at Cue Shop

1970s, austin reed, Cue, Daniel Hechter, Daniel Hecter, Hamza Arcan, Illustrations, Vintage Adverts, Vogue

Since it’s been a while since I did Mensday…

Illustration by Hamza Arcan.

Scanned from Vogue, June 1977.

The Airbrushed Room

1970s, airbrushing, Illustrations, interior design, interiors

Airbrushed mural decoration in an apartment belonging to the Tubes pop group.

Photographer and artist both uncredited.

Scanned from The Airbrush Book by Seng-gye Tombs Curtis and Christopher Hunt, 1980.

Lose Your Head to Scent

1970s, Erté, Illustrations, Vogue

We asked Erté to draw for us his notion of the essence of scent, its evocative powers, and its sensations. The picture arrived with a note ‘Enclosed my design ‘Un parfum à perdre la tête‘ “. Every bottle must lose its head, for you to lose yours.

Illustration by Erté.

Scanned from Vogue, June 1973.

Smell-a-Vision

1970s, Honey Magazine, Illustrations, Lynn Gray

Illustration by Lynn Gray accompanying an article about smell.

Scanned from Honey magazine, May 1975.