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Monday, Feb 11th, 2019

It’s the 11th, and because in some quarters 11 is ‘Legs Eleven’ we thought we would focus on matters relating to legs in female fashion, especially as today is the birthday of Mary Quant, born February 11th, 1934 The iconic Sixties look was, of course, the mini-skirt, widely agreed to have been ‘invented’ (or at least heavily popularised) by Quant, who also created other distinctive looks such as the quadrant dress.

 

.Whilst employers came to terms with the new look with ‘modesty boards’ on desks, the girls had to decide what to do with their newly revealed legs. For many, boots were the way forward, with the Jane Fonda film ‘Barbarella’ helping popularise the vinyl variety in the late 1960s. With girls having made all the effort to show their legs, there was a reluctance to cover them up with tights (also a novelty), so many either went bare legged or, with the help of a creative friend, wore body-paint style leg make-up to draw even more attention to their lower limbs.

 

Later this year, in April, the Victoria & Albert Museum is holding an exhibition of the works of this influential designer, with many examples of her clothing designs and accessories.. It will open on Saturday 6th April – further information can be found at www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/mary-quant

Friday, Feb 8th, 2019

With just a few days to go before the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards ceremony on Sunday 10th, who would you like to see receive the awards this year?  Have you got any particular films that you enjoyed, which are not on the nominations list – at least the superhero blockbuster ‘Black Panther’ has a Best Film nomination? Alternatively, you may think there are some films which should not have been nominated. Here at Antrix we try and keep up to date with what is going on in the world of Entertainment, as you never know what costume you will be asked for next.  This year, aside from The Favourite, which is up for prizes at both major film award events, there are some ‘regional differences’: ‘Stan and Ollie’, about Laurel & Hardy’s tour of Britain is noted by BAFTA but ignored by the Oscars which favours American-based films such as Green Book and Vice. The dark horse at both events is Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury biopic, hated by critics but loved by the masses.

 

Pockets... 

Recently pockets have gone viral. This stems from a bride who had had her dress and those of her bridesmaids made with pockets, and posted a picture of said group on the Internet. It perhaps comes as a surprise to about half the population (the male contingent) that such things are a rarity. Fact is that, with exceptions such as jeans, they don’t come as standard on female clothing because they’d supposedly upset the line, fit and style. This is why the other great object of mystery to males, the handbag comes in useful.

When it comes to costumes, there is more gender equality – pockets are rare on both male and female costumes. The reason/excuse is usually more to do with manufacturing costs than style here. In fact in some cases, the females may even have an advantage in that the thoughtful manufacturer can (at extra cost, obviously) supply a handbag accessory to complement the costume : Who could forget the chainsaw-style knick-knack storage item available for the female version of Leatherface of Texas Chainsaw Massacre fame?

As some will know, in the early days of Antrix, we made many of our costumes, often using official patterns. Such patterns still exist despite the decline in home-dressmaking (although Great British Sewing Bee, soon to be seen again, revives enthusiasm) but unlike patterns for conventional clothing, male or female, few costume patterns allow for pockets. Some can (and have been) adapted but no pockets seems a gender-equal costume norm.