English men's fashion - is it too conservative and traditional?
LV. Duke of Edinburgh's tailor walking down steps from monument to meet a well dressed business friend. SV. Two men shake hands, Prince Philip's tailor, Mr Edward Watson on right, pan to suits. CU. Mr Watson in bowler hat smiling. LV. Well dressed German businessman walking up stairs and hands hat to commissionaire. SCU. Showing black jacket and waistcoat and usual striped trousers.
LV. Interior, French fashion show in progress, man opening up overcoat with fur lining an then closes it. CU. The same man doing up the overcoat and fur collar. SV. Man and woman on stage. Man wearing an evening suit which looks very silky and a porkpie hat. Woman wearing fur hat and a large wrap. SV. Another man and woman on stage. The man wearing corduroy suit and the woman wearing fur coat. SV. Man in corduroy suit takes wallet out of pocket and puts in briefcase. SV. Women watching from table. Man in suit holding walking stick, pan down to his feet. CU. Showing the bottom of the trousers with extra length on the back of the shoe. LV. Man and woman both dressed in fur coats and hats. SCU. Man dressed in fur coat and hat.
LV. Man walking outside barber's shop, he stops and looks inside. SCU. Display of pictures in window of various types of hairstyles available. GV. Interior of barber's shop, customers seated, having their hair attended to. CU. Head of one man with hairstyle finished. SV. Another man having curlers put into his hair. CU. Fixing curlers on man's hair. CU. Grenadier Guard's sergeant having blow wave, pan down to show stripes on arm. SV. Man having powder that makes grays applied to his hair after perm. CU. Placing silver onto the hair. SV. Three men seated in barber's chairs, barbers putting finishing touches to three different hair fashions. CU. Finishing off one man's hair. SV. Another hair fashion. CU. Track into another finished hair.
LV. Interior man walks into chemists. CU. Notice 'Gifts for men'. CU. Pan along various cosmetics, shaving creams and powders displayed for men. SV. Man buying a tin of shaving powder. He tries the perfume by putting some on the back of his hand. Slip pan. LV.
Bill Symon interviewing Mrs Gerald Legge (Raine Spencer, Dowager Countess Spencer). CU. Mrs Legge listening to question (natural sound): 'Have you any comment to make on the changing fashions for men?' Mrs Legge answers by saying she likes exciting clothes for men etc. CU. Bill Symon asking: 'Do you agree with the idea of men using cosmetics?' CU. Mrs Legge answering by saying she likes the idea providing that men do not smell of tobacco smoke and that they do not smell like compost heaps.
LV. Bill Symon interviewing Cicely Courtneidge on stage. SV. Bill asking Cicely: 'Do you agree with men using cosmetics?' 'Cosmetics, good heavens no.' SV. Bill asking: 'How should a man smell?' Cicely answers: 'Oh, I love a man to smell nice, tweeds, simply marvellous, pipes, cigarettes etc.' 'What about beer? 'Yes beer too.'
SV. Maurice Cruse seated on park bench with girl. He offers his girlfriend a cigarette from his case. She refuses the cigarette but offers him the use of her powder puff from compact, he refuses and produces one of his own and starts to powder his face. CU. Maurice with open compact, he starts to powder his face. Voiceover cries - heaven forbid it will never come to this.
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