Thursday, May 28, 2009

SPECIAL NOTICE: Release of 40th Anniversary of Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music, The Director's Cut

Hi all,

Patrick Sammon from Mammoth Advertising ( has sent me notice of a fantastic new release available on Blu-ray and DVD, of the 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition of Warner Home Video's WOODSTOCK: 3 DAYS OF PEACE & MUSIC, THE DIRECTOR'S CUT, with three hours of enhanced content, including two hours of bonus performances, some unearthed after four decades, and with five groups who performed but never appeared in the original 1970 Oscar-winning documentary. The official release date is JUNE 9th 2009.

Watch this cute Youtube video promoting the release:

Here's a review of the original (before this new release) from Jeff Shannon to give you a taste: The three-day Woodstock music festival in 1969 was the pivotal event of the 1960s peace movement, and this landmark concert film is the definitive record of that milestone of rock & roll history. It's more than a chronicle of the hippie movement, however; this is a film of genuine historical and social importance, capturing the spirit of America in transition, when the Vietnam War was at its peak and antiwar protest was fully expressed through the liberating music of the time.

With a brilliant crew at his disposal (including a young editor named Martin Scorsese), director Michael Wadleigh worked with over 300 hours of footage to create his original 225-minute director's cut, which was cut by 40 minutes for the film's release in 1970. Eight previously edited segments were restored in 1994, and the original director's cut of Woodstock is now the version most commonly available on videotape and DVD.

The film deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and it's still a stunning achievement. Abundant footage taken among the massive crowd ("half a million strong") expresses the human heart of the event, from skinny-dipping hippies to accidental overdoses, to unpredictable weather, mid-concert childbirth, and the thoughtful (or just plain rambling) reflections of the festive participants. Then, of course, there is the music - a nonstop parade of rock & roll from the greatest performers of the period, including Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Canned Heat, The Who, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, and many more. Watching this ambitious film, as the saying goes, is the next best thing to being there - it's a time-travel journey to that once-in-a-lifetime event - Jeff Shannon.

Product Description

1969 was a year unlike any other. Man first set foot on the moon. The New York Mets won the World Series against all odds. And for three days in the rural town of Bethel, New York, half a million people experienced the single most defining moment of their generation; a concert unprecedented in scope and influence, a coming together of people from all walks of life with a single common goal: Peace and music. They called it Woodstock. One year later, a landmark Oscar®-winning documentary captured the essence of the music, the electricity of the performances, and the experience of those who lived it. Newly remastered, the film features legendary performances by 17 best selling artists. Bonus content includes: • NEW retrospective The Museum at Bethel Woods: The Story of the Sixties & Woodstock.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Great Actresses of the 1960s

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Hello all!

Here's a beautiful slideshow of the beauty and style of your favourite 1960s actresses. Plenty of great fashion ideas here. Here you'll find great music from the 1960s as well as snapshots of Claudia Cardinale, Tuesday Weld, Natalie Wood, Françoise Dorléac, Janet Margolin, Ursula Andress, Ann-Margret, Jane Asher, Senta Berger, Sharon Tate, Marissa Mell, Julie Christie, Catherine Deneuve, Janet Leigh, Gina Lollobrigida, Carol Lynley, Shirley MacLaine, Elsa Martinelli, Yvette Mimieux, Jean Seberg, Romy Schneider, Pamela Tiffin, Raquel Welch, Joy Harmon, Jane Birkin, Ewa Aulin, Anna Karina and Barbara Steele.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cher: The Many Faces of Sonny and Cher

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Hi everyone,

I have come across a video montage of Sonny and Cher from 1960 to 1970. It is absolutely fantastic and shows a huge range of fashions and styles from both Sonny and Cher. Unfortunately, the sound has been disabled, but it is so good that I just have to post it. Apologies for the lack of sound. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

VIDEO: The Beauty of Brigitte Bardot

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Hi all,

Here is a beautiful tribute to the stunning looks, style and fashion-sense of Brigitte Bardot. I hope you enjoy this and pick up a few fashion tips as well!


Saturday, May 16, 2009

The History Behind Billabong

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The History Behind Billabong by Beth Dawson

Who is Billabong?

Billabong is one of the leading brands in the surfing industry dating back to the 1970s. In any surf or beach shop Billabong is one the brands you will always find. They have a range of products from board shorts, to bags, to bikinis, to jeans and much more.

Who founded Billabong?

Billabong was founded by Australian surfer Gordon Merchant and his wife Rena Merchant. They started designing and making their first board short in their home on the East Coast of Australia and sold them to local surf shops.

The uniqueness which set Billabong aside from other board shorts which were available was the famous triple-stitching technique developed by Gordon, which made the board short far more durable.

Where did the name Billabong originate from?

The name Billabong can be split into 2 parts, billa and bong. 'Billa' is an Australian word meaning river or creek and the word 'bong', means 'to die'. So the definition of the 2 together means 'an area of water from a river or creek that is stagnant and no longing running'.

The logo for Billabong shows 2 waves that are not running together and are motionless. They choose the name due to the uniqueness to Australia and the aboriginal meaning of an oasis.

How did Billabong become an International success?

After the success Billabong experienced in their first year, they opened their first factory in 1975. Year after year they produced their merchandise and increased sales and moved to larger premises, in 1981 they reached the milestone of $1 million in annual sales. They began to sponsor the World Final Surfing Contest (the largest surfing competition still today set in Hawaii). This gave Billabong the international recognition they were after and began exporting to Japan, the United States, New Zealand and many more. From here the brand and the sales grew to what it is known today, as one of the leading names in the surfing industry.

Mens Board Shorts

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Friday, May 15, 2009

What is the Origin of Board Shorts?

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Where Did Board Shorts Originate From? by Beth Dawson

The beginning of surfing

In the 1960s surfing became massive all over the world not only as a competitive sport but as a cool funky hobby as well. The whole style of the beach look and surfer chick took the world by storm and suddenly not only surfers were wearing board shorts and flip flops but people who wanted to look like they had just come from the beach were wearing them as well.

From shorts to board shorts

The original board short style derived from the old fashioned form of swimming trunks. Similar to what they are today they were long, but they had lace up at the front, thick seams, and buttons which were inconveniently placed when paddling out on the surf board. They did not dry quickly from the water which meant while surfing they were hard to wear, rode up, and rubbed the upper legs. They were neither comfortable nor practical.

Evolution of the first board short

It was in 1970 that two Australian surfers Alan Green and John Law designed a board short that would change the surfer fashion forever. They designed a short that was purposefully made for surfing, everything about it, from the material used, the waist band, the length, where buttons were placed, whether to use lining and so on.

They designed a short specifically for surfers for their surf board, hence the name 'board shorts'. Their company is called Quicksilver. Any surfer who wore them said they were the most comfortable shorts for surfing they had ever worn, and so from word of mouth the style and the brand name grew and grew to the phenomenon that it is today.

From here many companies and brands make board shorts, but all use Green and Law's style, these include such as Billabong, Puma, Timberland, O'Neill, and hundreds more.

Womens Board Shorts

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Story of Designer Betsey Johnson

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The Story of Designer Betsey Johnson by Heather Forthofer

Since the 1960s, New York designer, Betsey Johnson has rocked the fashion industry with her creativity and originality. Born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, Betsey spent her childhood in dance classes that influenced her designs and are still evident in her works. After high school, Johnson chose to attend the Pratt Institute, later graduating from Syracuse University as a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority.

Her fashion career officially began in 1964 when she won Mademoiselle magazine's "Guest Editor Contest." Only one year later she was working as a top designer for Paraphernalia, a boutique housing the hottest London designers. Her embellishment and unique character quickly grabbed attention as she created form-fitting fabrics, hippie inspired pieces, and sexy silhouettes. She also jumped on board the "Youth Quake" fashion movement, joining Andy Warhol's underground scene and meeting up with John Cale, her now ex-husband, at The Velvet Underground.

In 1969, Betsey decided to branch out into retail, opening a boutique named Betsey Bunki Nini. Alvin Duskin fell immediately in love with her store and offered her a job, which she accepted, traveling to and from New York when needed. In the early 1970's she gained control of a clothing label, "Alley Cat," and through it she began to set a stylistic wave for rock n' roll with bohemian and ethnic styles. As her name began to grow in the fashion industry, fellow designers soon began to take notice of her work, giving her the coveted Coty Award as the youngest designer to ever receive it.

Betsey formed a partnership with Chantal Bacon in 1978 and started the Betsey Johnson Label. Designing for herself gave her the ability to fully express her ideas, allowing her incomparable style and artistic talents to be finally set free. They launched their first store in SoHo, and its success prompted their store to be one of the first located on Melrose Avenue. Now, she is located in more than fifty stores worldwide, ranging from London to Japan.

Recently inducted into the Fashion Walk of Fame and given two lifetime achievement awards, one from the Signature Awards and the other from the Accessories Council, Betsey is known for doing cartwheels at the end of her shows to enliven the audience. She has designed outfits for celebrities like Courtney Love, Cyndi Lauper, Minnie Driver, and Lil' Kim. Second to none, Betsey has survived breast cancer and owns a hotel in Mexico named Betseyville, proudly proclaiming her outlandish behavior and high-spirited attitude.

Heather Forthofer is the owner of Her Black Dress, an online fashion website where you can find a black Betsey Johnson Dress and other black dress styles.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

1960s Lingerie - To Ravel's Bolero

Vanity Fair Undergarment ad, 1964Image by StevenM 61 via Flickr

Hi everyone,

This great video features some great looking women from the 1960s in lingerie, swimsuits, and loungewear set to Ravel's "Bolero". It is a real treat to see some of the wonderful, through to the tacky, fashions of the era.


Friday, May 1, 2009

70's Fashion

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70's Fashion by Michelle McKee

One of the best ways to use vintage seventies fashion today, is to blend it with more modern looks. The goal is to have a modern-retro fashion look that does not turn your ensemble into something that looks like a costume from the Charlie's Angels set. Think of the peasant dresses, clunky heels, and high-waisted bell-bottom jeans as pieces of a puzzle for you to work with as you build your own particular retro-fashion look.

Balancing your outfit can be as simple as throwing on some modern jewelry and accessories, or carrying a hot new designer purse. The early 1970s were a carryover from the fashion of the late sixties. The decade ended however, with a flashy disco look that led into and started off, the sometimes bizarre 1980s.

There are a lot of people who like to test the boundaries of retro-fashion, and that is fine. If you are into retro looks however, just be careful that you do not end up looking like you are wearing a seventies costume, unless that is the look you are trying to achieve. You do not want to copy the fashions of the seventies. You want to modify them and make them work for you in new and interesting ways.

In general, the 1970s was a time of relaxed and casual fashion. Even many of the work clothes from late in the decade would probably be considered too casual for an office environment today. If you're into buying and wearing retro seventies fashions however, these could play a part in some very interesting clothing combinations. Use your imagination and have some fun as you explore what you can do with vintage and retro fashion.

You might also like to read about disco outfits and 70's fashion trends.

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