• Short Summary

    AN AMERICAN POP HIT SAYS THAT "ENGLAND SWINGS", AND A LOT OF THE SWINGING STARTED IN CARNABY STREET IN ONE OF LONDON'S MOST EXOTIC QUARTERS...

  • Description

    AN AMERICAN POP HIT SAYS THAT "ENGLAND SWINGS", AND A LOT OF THE SWINGING STARTED IN CARNABY STREET IN ONE OF LONDON'S MOST EXOTIC QUARTERS...SOHO. HERE A GROUP OF YOUNG DESIGNERS FIRST PUT ON SHOW THE NEW FASHIONS THAT SHOCKED THE MIDDLE-AGED, AND DELIGHTED THEIR JUNIORS.

    THE COLOURFUL CLOTHING OFFERED IN CARNABY STREET HAS COME TO BE CALLED 'MOD GEAR', AND THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO WEAR IT BEAR THE TITLE OF 'MODS'. FOR THE GIRLS, DESIGNED HAVE RAIDED THE ART GALLERIES FOR THE IDEAS OF OP AND POP ART FOR THEIR FABRICS, AND PRODUCED ALARMINGLY SHORT SKIRTS. A WRITER IN A NATIONAL BRITISH NEWSPAPER HAS LAMENTED THAT QUEEN ELIZABETH HAS SERENELY IGNORED THE PACE MAKERS OF CARNABY STREET, AND GONE ON WEARING HER SKIRTS EXACTLY WHERE THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN.

    THERE'S NO SIGN OF SIMILAR MODESTY IN THE MYSTIQUE THAT HAS GROWN AROUND "THE STREET", AS THE MODS KNOW IT. PERHAPS THE MOST STRIKING ASPECT OF THE WHOLE BRIGHT AND RACY SCENE IS THE EMERGENCE OF THE BRITISH MALE, TRADITIONALLY CLAD IN SOBER PIN-STRIPES AND A BOWLER HAT, AS BEING AS COLOURFULLY FASHION-CONSCIOUS AS ANY OF HIS COUNTRYWOMEN.

    DAZZLING CRIMSON BELL-BOTTOM TROUSERS AND FLAMBOYANTLY PATTERNED SHIRTS, TOPPED WITH DARK GLASSES AND AN INEVITABLE BUT VERY SPECIAL MOD CAP, ARE A COMMON SITE ON THE STREETS OF LONDON. CHECK TROUSERS HAVE WAIST WHERE MEN USED TO HAVE HIPS, AND POLO-NECK SWEATERS ARE DECIDEDLY AN "IN THING".

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    Film ID:
    VLVAK4DDYJCD00Y8T81AJEV4GUHM
    Media URN:
    VLVAK4DDYJCD00Y8T81AJEV4GUHM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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