Saturday, March 31, 2012

Miss Moffitt's Makeup

There is certainly no doubt that in the 1960's Peggy Moffitt had amongst the most unique and skillful styles of makeup in the fashion world. With thick false lashes, highly complex designs painted around her eyes and a strong inspiration from the Japanese Kabuki stylizations in theatre, she made up her face not merely to emphasize her beauty, but to literally transform it into an artwork in its own right.

Below is an exert from an article published in Glamour Magazine in February 1968, describing the process Miss Moffitt would go through on a daily basis to create her signature style. Images were photographed by Edward Oleksak.

“That’s not a blow-up of a Kabuki star making up at the left, it’s Peggy Moffitt, top model of the famous American designer Rudi Gernreich - she shared the cover of Time with him a few months back. We photographed her makeup - not for you to imitate unless you’re the most fearless girl on the block; the point is to show the daring maquillage that some great models use to set themselves apart from the sheep. Peggy is an innovator, a perfectionist who has been known to concentrate so hard on the one particular step she’s performing, left, that she has fainted. You see here what she does every morning before going to work. 1. With a pad soaked in beer she wets her hair all over to give it more body. 2. Smooths a foundation stick on all over her face, even eyelids and mouth, down her neck, front and back. 3. She sponges off any excess foundation on eyelids and mouth. 4. With a well-sharpened red lipliner, she strokes lines on her eyelids; then dots bright yellow grease stick on with her fingers. She blends the yellow and red with a dry brush. 5. With black eyebrow pencil, she draws a perfect arc from the corners of her eyes rising about 1/8” over the natural eye crease.6. Next she applies rouge so that it makes a definite filled-in color area that angles down from her eyeshadow to the hairline at about cheekbone level and then angles down diagonally to her nostrils. 7. She emphasizes the middle of her lips with red pencil. 8. She dips her powder puff generously into her lose powder, then flicks it in the palm of her hand to remove any excess. 9. After completely covering her damp hair with a shower cap, she pats on the powder. 10. She removes any powder on or between (Continued on page 140)”


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Friday, March 30, 2012

Will The Real Twiggy Please Stand Up?

Pictures of Twiggy, Manhattan, New York, 1967

I was the first to photograph Twiggy in the United States. She was an overnight sensation. Every one wanted to be Twiggy. I suggested everyone wear Twiggy masks, which were shot and manufactured in the studio a week before the shoot. I believe we manufactured over 500 masks of which I have a few left. We gave them out to the crowds who gathered to watch the shoot at the selected locations. Although the participants promised to give the masks back, they mysteriously disappeared.

- Melvin Sokolsky


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gift From A Friend - Gift To A Friend


- Navy blouse with lace collar and black tie
- Vintage red wrap-around skirt
- Black tights
- Black block-heeled mary-janes
- Vintage white bag
- Red plastic bangle
- Red stud earrings

Yesterday I met up with a friend of mine that I haven't seen in too long. Before we met up I made a little parcel up for her filled with magical things like Rose Quartz, a time-piece, and a soft leather journal with pages lined in gold and sprinkled with stars, all wrapped together within brown paper and string.

And being the amazing person she is, she also bought me a gift. She had been in England and visited some of the most wonderful places, including The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. She was lucky enough to see the original instruments of The Quarry Men, items of clothing, flasks and writings by the Beatles themselves. Knowing how much they mean to me she took a stack of pictures for me. She bought me back a Beatles penny, two souvenir booklets, and a miniature replica of George's Grestch. She knows me too well. Whilst over the her uncle heard of how much I love The Beatles, and though we've never met he was kind enough to send back two Beatle books from his own collection to me. I am so grateful, and it is beautiful to see that there are such wonderful people in the world. With the little bundle of gifts she also gave me a key chain from the London Eye, one identical to another she bought, and a tiny diamond. For Christmas I got Beatles Monopoly, and I was a little disappointed that there was no playing piece for "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", so she gave me one. I couldn't ask for a greater and more thoughtful friend.

Whilst out that day I also just happened to walk past the little pamphlet rack for our local theatre. And lo and behold, there were my boys! At least the closest I'll ever get to them!
In about a month from now The Bootleg Beatles will be playing. I am buying tickets today. I cannot tell you the excitement I felt when I saw this pamphlet. People think I'm nutty enough in the clothes I wear without having me squealing and dancing up to a paper rack like I've just won lotto. I've seen two Beatles tribute bands so far, but not this one. And apparently they are brilliant.

All the classic songs in one spectacular multimedia show

"Mind boggling accuracy" - Mail On Sunday UK
"Fastidious Authenticity" - Daily Telegraph UK
"Magically Real" - NME
"Flawless" - MOJO

Formed from the West End coast of the Broadway musical 'Beatlemania', The Bootleg Beatles' career begain in 1980 - almost ten years to the day since Paul McCartney announced the original's had split. It didn't take long for the Bootlegs' international reputation to grow immensely, mainly due to the band's many successful concert tours abroad.

Having seen the Bootlegs' at the '94 Glastonbury Festival, Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis asked them to be the support act for their record-breaking 1995 Earl's Court shows - culminating with both bands sharing the stage for 'I Am The Walrus'.

Since becoming regulars on the festival circuit, The Bootlegs have played Wembley with Rod Stewart and Elton John and shared the bill with The Corrs, David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Don't miss The Bootlegs, along with their mini orchestral ensemble in their very first Australian tour.

I became even more excited when I saw this video. They are going to play "A Day in the Life". Live. This is like a little dream of mine come true. Never in my life would I have ever dreamed that I'd see that song played live and before me. The orchestra ensemble even wears the masks, glasses and fake noses just like in the recording of the Beatles' version. I cannot wait.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Styling Her Curls and Waves

On Tumblr I was asked about styles for wavy and/or curly hair in the sixties. Below are just some examples of the many ways that hair could be styled.

In the later sixites curled styles became much more popular for a variety of reasons. In 1968 "Romeo and Juliet" was released, popularizing a trend of romantic curls and Juliet sleeves within the fashion world. There was also the increased appreciation for the Art Nouveau period, which favoured natural and organic line and shape. Hairstyles would be influenced by this, and the short, sharp and geometric styles of the 'mod' sixties were on the way out. This could be clearly seen in new fashions like that of Barbara Hulanicki's Biba boutique, which also took inspiration from the styles and glamour of the 1940's. The ideals of the 'hippie' movement, favouring freedom and natural beauty, also assisted in the popularization of these styles. Rather than blow drying or ironing their hair straight, people now began to let their natural curls and waves loose and take advantage of them.

Barbara Hulanicki's Biba.

Pattie Boyd

Brigitte Bardot

Jean Shrimpton

Pamela Courson



Nancy Sinatra

Diana Ross

Lauren Hutton

Cathee Dahmen

Sharon Tate

Marisa Berenson

Jane Fonda

Linda Keith

Mary Hopkin

Grace Slick

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