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Plus Size Fashion

Banned Apparel Plus Size Collection

Here at Banned Apparel HQ we have had an increasing number of requests to produce more plus size clothing. Considering that the average size of today’s woman is 16-18 it did make sense to increase our sizing to suit. We have listened to clients’ feedback and we are gradually increasing our Banned Apparel plus size collection to include more and more of our original pieces.

Today’s plus size is very different to the 1950’s sizing which started at a modern size 10/12! Plus sizes had more to do with shape rather than measurement which is why “stout” was a better description back then. 1950’s plus size dresses and skirts were typically tea-length and could be tank style, cap sleeve, short sleeve, or full length. Necklines were very modest, and dresses were often embellished with nice buttons or playful necklines with bows or scalloped edges.

The following is an excerpt from a beauty advice book written in 1955. The advice is for plus size, short or tall, and how to choose clothing that flatters the wearer best.

The Arts of Costumes and Personal Appearance by Grace Margaret Morton, 1955

1. Lines in continuous unbroken vertical movement, or upward- slanting diagonals. Very restrained curves will give added grace, whereas severe straight lines tend to emphasise rotundity.
2. Silhouettes which are graceful and flowing, of modified tubular versions, giving the impression of being draped on the figure. Easy, comfortable perfection of fit, because a fit too tight makes the figure appear larger.

a. Sleeves cut on the bias will give a slimming effect when carefully fitted. When extended to the wrist in easy fit or terminating several inches above the wrist, they tend to camouflage the size of a large forearm. Wide, loose sleeves tend to widen the figure. Heavy upper arms should never be entirely exposed in evening dress, but partially concealed by draped sleeves or a graceful stole.

b. Bustlines may be designed with slightly draped fullness or ease, rather than being revealingly smooth and tight, or again, they may be broken by some vertical or diagonal movement.

c. Waistlines, usually thick in this figure, may be minimised by some irregularity of line which does not definitely define the waistline, as by seaming or panels which carry the eye upward and outward at the shoulder and inward as it approaches the waistline. Half belts or narrow inconspicuous belts of self material may be used.

d. Skirts should be simple, easy, flowing in line, never tight and narrow, worn long enough to break the effect of heavy calves, always with some easy fullness at the bottom to give grace in walking and to balance the figure, cut straight at sides with centre pleats or gores having low placed flare at front and back. The coat-style dress draws attention away from the broad outline of the silhouette and breaks up the width in vertical areas.

e. Coats may be full length, either straight or semi-fitted with easy loose-fitting sleeves.

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Plus Size

3. Scale in accessories according to principle so that they apparently dwarf the figure, i.e., heavy jewellery, large flat bags, etc. All individual parts of the costume must be in scale with the size of the figure.
4. Spacing should be broken by long narrow verticals and upward slanting diagonals with emphasis always within the silhouette.
  • a. Necklines should be cut close at the sides and back
  • b. Collars, if any, should be narrow and relatively flat. The shawl collar is one of the most flattering.
  • c. Pockets may be placed high above the bust line to create the illusion of greater length below.

5. Values medium to dark in tone. Dull black has a receding effect. Close values in fabric combinations or in prints camouflage and obliterate lines.

6. Colours. Dark values which are soft and greyed in tone; cool hues and those that are cool-warm, depending on degree of stoutness, complexion, and temperament.

7. Texture. It is safe to say that no other factor equals in importance the nature of the texture for the heavy person. Without the right texture the illusory impression resulting from suitable design is destroyed.With the right texture one may sometimes find it possible to apply principles less rigidly.

One important rule is to buy only materials with body; those which have a good fall, which hang in fairly heavy limp folds. Do not use fabrics which are flimsy or fluttery, bulky or wiry, or stiff or shiny. Materials which have substantial draping qualities are never inexpensive but in the end they pay in longer wear and good appearance to the last thread.

If you enjoy vintage inspired fashion and are looking for plus sizes then you are bound to enjoy our collection! We have a wide range of retailers worldwide stocking our pieces whom you should be able to find via your search engine. If you need any help please feel free to contact us; info@bannedapparel.co.uk

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Plus Size Dresses

Plus Size Cardigans & Boleros

Plus Size Cardigans & Boleros

Plus Size Swimwear

Plus Size Swimwear

Plus Size Skirts

Plus Size Skirts

Black Cats

Black Cats

You may have noticed that, here at Banned Apparel HQ, we have a love of not only all things vintage but for the darker side too. Whoever said black is boring could not be further away from the truth! Our slight obsession for black cats runs through our collection, past and even more so in our new season, present offerings.

There is, still to this day and believed by many, a stigma attached to black cats who are said to bring bad luck and misfortune. Dating back to the middle-ages in Europe black cats began to be associated with so-called witches. The hysteria of witches practising black magic had just hit Europe and alley cats were often cared for and fed by the poor lonely old ladies many of whom were later accused of witchery.

Their cat companions, some of which were black ones, were deemed guilty of witchery by association. This belief was fuelled by a Lincolnshire folklore involving a father and son in the 1560’s. The pair were said to have been travelling one night when a black cat crossed their path and dove into a crawl space. Naturally, they did what any guys would do, they threw rocks at the furry feline until the helpless injured creature scurried out into a woman’s house, who at the time was suspected of being a witch.  The next day, the father and son came across the same woman and noticed she was limping and bruised and believed that to be more than just a coincidence. From that day on in Lincolnshire, it was thought that witches could turn into black cats at night.

The belief of witches transforming themselves into black cats in order to prowl streets unobserved became a central belief in America during the Salem witch hunts. Even today the association of black cats and witches holds strong during Halloween celebrations, despite the holiday’s religious beginnings.  Thus, an animal once looked on with approbation became a symbol of evil omens in some parts of the World. But not here at Banned Apparel!


‘The Black Cat’ is also a famous  short story written by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was born in 1809, died at the age of 40 in 1849, and was an important contributor to the American Romantic movement. His work has also been described as mystery, macabre, and Gothic.

Poe’s short story, ‘The Black Cat’ was published in 1843 in The Saturday Evening Post. It was popular with readers, but Poe did not receive instant success until he published his famous poem, ‘The Raven’. Since its publication, elements of ‘The Black Cat’ have inspired films, television episodes, paintings, plays, comics, and novels.

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Owners with their black cats, waiting in line for audition in movie “Tales of Terror.”

 

We love the black cat so much that we have extended one of our best selling products, our Heart of Gold handbag, to include shoes, wallets and purses and in various colours.

Black Cats

Our Heart of Gold handbag and wallet. Now available from Angry Young and Poor

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Our extended Heart of Gold collection, also available at Angry Young and Poor

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This kitty seems to be fond of his Heart of Gold handbag.
Photo; Alexandriarosekerr

Our Heart of Gold collection is stocked by many of our retailers worldwide. You will be able to find your nearest stockist via our search engine but, if you need any help, please feel free to contact us; info@bannedapparel.co.uk

Spring Summer Collection

New Season Spring Summer Collection

BANNED APPAREL SS17 COLLECTION

There are only 12 days to go until the official start of Spring, a great time of year full of promise and wonder. We cannot wait for the longer, warmer days when we can finally ditch the winter layers and spend more time having fun outdoors with friends and family. We are also excited to see so many pieces from our new season Spring Summer collection already available though our retailers worldwide.

This season we have lightened and brightened our collection with beautiful, vibrant colours, floral embellishments sweet prints and adorable accessories. Pastels are prominent and our fabrics are lighter as we move away from the darker, more sombre hues of winter.

 

 

 

Top Vintage Boutique now have stock of our new season skirts

We head back to nature with our beautiful, vintage inspired skirts and dresses such as our Watching the Skies bumble bee skirt, Sophia and Laneway dresses.

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Watching the Skies

Our Watching the Skies skirt is now available from Gwynnies

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Our Sophia dress, also available from Gwynnies

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MissKarlyKitsch wears our Laneway dress available from Top Vintage Boutique

Our shoes and handbags have also had a Spring, Summer face lift!

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BANNED APPAREL KALOCSAI SHOES

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BANNED APPAREL KALOCSAI SHOES

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BANNED APPAREL BICYCLE FOR TWO SHOES

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BANNED APPAREL APRIL LOVE SHOES

This lovely collection are all available from ModCloth

Compliment your bright ad beautiful outfit with our Heart of Gold purse, available from Top Vintage Boutique.

In the early 1950s, the casual handbag emerged, as women demanded purses that were both fashionable and capable of holding all their cosmetics and accessories. Large shoulder shopping totes made from straw seemed to capture the spirit of spring and summer and holidays on the beach.

Soon, affordable and sprightly little baskets of woven rushes were all the rage, like those made by the likes of Los Doradas. These often resembled small handheld picnic baskets with ribbons and decorative elements on top, like plastic or fabric fruits or flowers. This down-market trend, started by Dorset Rex of New York, never appeared on the pages of Vogue, but were well-loved by the “dance hall crowd.” Such bright, colourful straw bags remained popular well into the ’60s, when whimsy became the new black.

Straw handbags made of plaited raffia, rattan, rushes, willow, cane, and dried grasses were soon replaced in the mid-1950s by sophisticated straw handbags.

 50's Glamour

50’s Glamour

Why not add a touch of fifties glamour with our woven handbags and baskets!

Our Nikki Woven handbag, available from Retro Daisy

Jay Gaff keeps her belongings in our woven Kara handbag, available from Wild Kitty Clothing

We have only featured a handful of our stockists in this blog and we have so many more worldwide where you will be able to find the perfect additions to your new season wardrobe.

In the meantime, if you have any questions do feel free to contact us; info@bannedapparel.co.uk

Our Footwear Designer

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Banned Apparel Footwear Designer
Here, at Banned Apparel headquarters, we are fortunate to have some of the most talented artists and designers who are dedicated in delivering to you the most beautiful fashion, footwear and accessories. Our footwear has always been a huge hit with our customers and so we only thought it right to find out more about our incredibly talented footwear designer; Ybo Vass.
Ybo Vass

Ybo Vass

Banned Apparel
Footwear and Accessories Head of Design

Hi Ybo, can you tell our readers a little about yourself?

I was born in Transylvania, Romania from Hungarian parents, luckily in a town almost dominated by arts, painters, musicians, instruments , footwear and our local beer; the perfect setup for an aspiring artist!  I was painting and drawing since a very early age, but somehow my passion wasn’t at it’s peak yet. I took a dip in fashion design,  and felt the opportunities were so vast and challenging. I believe I had always a particular appreciation for accessories. The calling to design thousands of patterns, shapes, ideas on such limited surface.

Why did you decide to become a fashion designer and, in particular, a vintage fashion designer?
I feel lucky enough to have had the chance to get a break as a luxury footwear designer from ceramic design and persevere my calling. I had the chance to experience the hard journey from designing to production, but certainly did not lack it’s joy and success ! I knew if I truly believe in what I do it can take me far. My designer journey started in Bucharest and has taken me as far as London. I’m proud to say I achieved my goals , but there’s always room to dream bigger! 
 
What motivates you as a fashion designer?
As a designer I’m submitted to my calling, if I have a dream at night, I must make sure I fill my sketchbook on my beside table right away . I get inspiration from everything. Colours, shapes simply excite me!
 
What is your favourite part about being a fashion designer?

I’m thrilled to work with embroideries, different type of materials, a wide range of colours, unexpected contrast all fused in happy moods.

If you could pin point just one of your favourite pieces which one would it be and why?
One of my favourite styles are the Mary Jane’s, I think they are timeless, the perfect shape that compliment every woman.
What upcoming trends do you predict in the vintage fashion scene?

My predictions in the area I design could be endless, but every style is unique . It would be wrong to define only one, every shoe is beautiful as long as it makes the one who wears it feel unique.

 
Who are your style icons?

I would call my grandmother my style icon, she used to be a tailor, seamstress, and she was truly graceful. She used to be the true image of the 40’s, 50’s even in the 90’s . Her elegance was not only defined by what she wore but by her gestures and her poise.

 
If you could travel back to any era, which one would it be and why?

If I had the chance to travel back in time I would go back exactly 125 years to 1892! How amazing would that be !

 

Beautiful footwear designs by our very own Ybo Vass

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Footwear Designer

Footwear Designer

Above are just some of our new season footwear designed by Ybo and available from ModCloth

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Ybo created these beautiful court shoes with fabulous glitter heels. Needless to say they have been a huge hit!

Christmas Outfit Ideas

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Christmas Outfit Ideas

Are you planning your Christmas wardrobe? Whether you are looking for something beautiful and elegant or cosy and snuggly our worldwide Banned Apparel retailers will have something for your Christmas festivities.

Our new season pieces cater for many tastes; from our vintage classics to something a little darker with a festive twist. Our AW16 collection features beautiful swing skirts, such as our Vanity print and Winter scene seen below, with beautiful, bold artwork which would look great with cute heels or boots.

Banned Apparel do not sell directly to the public but we do have the most wonderful collection of retailers worldwide who will be happy to help you in your search. To find your nearest retailer simply use your search engine.

Our Vanity Skirt available from Top Vintage boutique

Our Vanity Skirt available from Top Vintage boutique

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Our Winter scene skirt available from Bohemian Finds.

 

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Red Knit Cardigan with faux fur trim.

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Skeleton Knit Jumper

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Skulls Rose Knit Jumper

Our cardigan and jumper with a festive twist.

No outfit is complete without a beautiful pair of shoes. Why not add a touch of sparkle to your festive wardrobe with our glitter heel Mary Jane’s.

 

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Our glitter heeld Mary Jane’s available from Belldandy

 

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Check with your Banned Apparel retailer for stock of our shoes, handbags and apparel to compliment your Christmas outfit.

 

Looking for more Banned Apparel stockists? We have listed just a handful of our retailers below who carry a wide range of our products.

Attitude Clothing

The Gothic Shop

Twisted Alice

Beserk

Angel Clothing

Blue Banana

History of the Petticoat

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History of the Petticoat

The petticoat, petycote (probably derived from the Old French petite cote, “little coat”) appeared in literature in the 15th century in reference to a kind of padded waistcoat, or undercoat, worn for warmth over the shirt by men. The petticoat developed as a piece of women’s apparel, a skirt worn under an over gown, at the end of the Middle Ages. By the beginning of the 16th century, the over gown had an inverted V opening, and the petticoat, now visible, was brocaded or embroidered.

In the 17th century the outer skirt was looped up prominently, showing the petticoat underneath, and in the 18th century the petticoat figured prominently with the inverted V opening of the popular polonaise. In the early 19th century, women wore many petticoats, bound together, to show the great fullness of the skirt. The most popular type of stiffened petticoat was made out of horsehair and linen which earned it the name crinoline (‘crin’ is the French for horsehair and ‘lin’ the linen thread it was woven with). Worn by high class women of leisure as well as factory workers and maidservants, the crinoline wasn’t always the most practical of undergarments, with a tendency to get caught in machinery, wheel-spokes and wind; or to rather explosively take flame! Thousands of autopsies during the mid 19th century were signed… ‘death by crinoline’.

In 1856 horsehair and whalebone were replaced by a light frame of metal spring hoops; these were used to create volume underneath the hop skirts favoured by fashionable women. At their height, crinolines would expand the skirts of the wearer by up to 6 yards (18 feet!) at the widest point, though they began to diminish in size until in the 1870’s they were replaced by the smaller crinolette and then later, the bustle.

History of the petticoat

History of the petticoat

During WW1 the crinoline was revived in the form of full mid-calf length skirts with layered petticoats. It was considered patriotic to dress your best for men returning from war.  The fashion continued through the 1920’s and, in the 1930’s, just before WW2, the hooped skirt returned. Queen Elizabeth really brought the fashion back. The bell shaped, mid calf crinoline was her nighttime and daytime look.

In the late 1920’s, chiffon dresses with several sheer petticoats became fashionable. With the Great Depression in the 1930s, narrow skirts returned and petticoats again were unpopular until the end of the decade when revived for some evening, prom, and wedding gowns. World War II, with its rationing and general shortage of materials, brought an end to petticoats.

Petticoats were revived by Christian Dior in his full-skirted New Look of 1947 and tiered, ruffled petticoats remained extremely popular during the 1950’s, especially with teenage girls.

Here, at Banned Apparel, we are huge fans of petticoats ( in case you couldn’t have guessed ) and we have a huge range of the loveliest, fluffiest styles in varying lengths and colours. Our petticoats are suitable for a wide range of subcultures including Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Lolita, Gothic, Victorian, Vintage and Steampunk.

 

 

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Our full and fluffy petticoats come in a rainbow of colours.

 

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Banned Apparel Petticoats

 


 


Contact your local Banned Apparel retailer for availability of our petticoats and other pieces from our full collection.

For all other enquiries please contact us at; info@bannedapparel.co.uk

 

Halloween Outfit

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Halloween Outfit Inspiration.

 

BANNED Halloween Outfit

BANNED Halloween Outfit

There are less than two weeks to go until, what many would consider to be, the best season ever; Halloween(!), a time for many of us grown ups to play dress up and channel our inner Wednesday Addams.

Have you got your Halloween outfit sorted? Don’t worry if you are still unsure, we have got the perfect collection waiting for you through our retailers worldwide. From dark and deadly, to romantic renaissance, our suppliers will have something to suit your Halloween outfit requirements. Our range of beautifully made clothing, footwear, apparel and accessories can be found through our Banned Apparel stockists from Australia and New Zealand to America, Canada and Europe.

We have listed just a handful of retailers below but, if you use your search engine, you will be able to find lots more  of our suppliers around the globe.

 

Halloween by AttitudeClothing

Halloween by AttitudeClothing

 

Halloween Outfit

Our Batting Eyelids Top. Available from Modern Millie.

 

Halloween by BlueBanana

Halloween by BlueBanana

 

Halloween Outfit by RebelCircus

Halloween Outfit by RebelCircus

 

Halloween Outfit

Our Haunted Dress (apron not included. Available from Borderline Plus.

Halloween Proposal by TragicBeautiful

Halloween Proposal by TragicBeautiful

 

Halloween by RockCollection

Halloween by RockCollection

Halloween by Beserk

Halloween by Beserk

 

 

Halloween Beauty Inspiration

No Halloween outfit is complete without the perfect hair, makeup and nails! Whether you are going for something subtle or full-on spooky these will give you lots of inspiration.


 

Halloween Outfit

Fila de Knox and her perfect, two tone locks.

 

Halloween Outfit

Beautifully haunting bat lips of The Malificent

 

Halloween Outfit

Lunar Nails by NailsbyBreee

 


 

If you have any questions regarding our products or retailers please feel free to contact us; info@bannedapparel.co.uk

History of Halloween

Falling between Autumn and Winter, History of Halloween ( All Hallows Eve, Al Hallows Evening ) is a celebration of superstition with costumes, gatherings and lots of sweet treats!

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Halloween

It began as the festival of Samhain and was part of the ancient Celtic religion in Britain and other parts of Europe. At the end of summer it was thought that the barrier between our world and the world of ghosts and spirits thinned. This enabled weird creatures with strange powers to wander about on Earth. The Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.

The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death.

 Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour all saints and martyrs. The holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, this evolved into a community-based event characterised by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating.


History of Halloween

History of Halloween Costumes worn to ward off the interest of ghosts and spirits.

Hair and Makeup of the 1960s

Hair and Makeup of the 1960s

Hair and Makeup of the 1960s varied considerably; from the au naturel look of the Hippies to the bright and bold statement style of the Mod movement. Here we take a look at the influences behind the hair and makeup of the 1960s and how you can apply them to your everyday style.

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1960s Makeup

It was the youth who had the biggest influence on the hair and makeup of the 1960s. Since the 1950s they had  disposable incomes ready to spend on looking fabulous! Women’s 1960s makeup began quite demurely with pastels and nudes that enhanced their natural beauty and was often seen on trend setters such as Jacqueline Kennedy. Glamorous, bouffant hair and pillbox hats often accompanied this natural look.

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Jacqueline Kennedy’s early 1960s pastel makeup.

On the other side of the spectrum, and originating from London, was the more edgy, rebellious style of the Mod subculture. The demure look didn’t suit everyone and many girls favoured the Mod style immortalised by Twiggy; short hair, lashings of mascara and plenty of eye shadow! It was the eyes which were at the heart of 1960’s makeup.

To create this look, a bold white, blue or grey eye shadow would usually be applied to the lid and a dramatic cut crease was created by applying a dark eyes shadow or pencil liner along the crease of the eye.

Reigning supreme was thick, black liquid eyeliner on the lid while white pencil was used on the waterline to open up the eyes. Huge pairs of doll-like false lashes often followed. This was taken even further by Twiggy who used liquid liner to draw in individual lower lashes for a surreal effect. Plenty of mascara completed this look.

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Twiggy applying Mod-style makeup.

Lips took a backseat in the 1960s. They were kept pale and some women even applied foundation over their lips to help them blend in with the rest of the face! Those who did wear lipstick stuck to colours that wouldn’t take the focus away from their eyes, such as pale pinks, corals and very subtle reds. However, daring Mods could sometimes be seen sporting white lipstick.

 

1960s Hair

It was Jacqueline Kennedy, America’s First Lady, who gave the 1960’s bouffant hair it’s iconic status. It was thought to be the perfect style as it always looked so glamorous and women all over the world would be seen with this big, fabulous hair.

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Jacqueline Kennedy’s Bouffant hair.

 

From 1964 onward the younger generation added their own twist to the bouffant hair which is known as the Beehive.

The Beehive is an enduring symbol of the 60s. This glamorous up do was the most popular hair style and was often seen on celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Dusty Springfield and Bridgette Bardot who wore a half up, half down Beehive. This hair style wasn’t easy to achieve and required a lot of styling. At night before bed, girls would set their hair in very large rollers using a gel solution to achieve the sky-high hair this look called for. Some girls with extremely curly hair would use old grapefruit cans instead of rollers to set their locks.

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The girl group, The Ronettes and their Beehive hair.

 

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Bridgette Bardot’s half up, half down Beehive.

Banned Apparel 1960s Collection.

For this AW16 Banned Apparel have introduced clothing, footwear and accessories from the 1960s. These have recently been on show at our recent trade shows and will be available at your nearest Banned Apparel retailer very shortly.

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AW16 Banned Apparel 1960s Collection.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us; info@bannedapparel.co.uk

 

Swinging Sixties

It’s that time of year again, trade show season, and many of you may have already noticed that we have been travelling far and wide showcasing our upcoming collection. You may also have noticed that we have included some beautiful vintage pieces from yet another era; The Swinging Sixties!

 

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Banned Apparel at the recent CIFF Trade Show,  Copenhagen.

 

Singing Sixties

Banned Apparel launching new range at MODA, NEC, Birmingham.

 

The ‘Swinging Sixties’ decade was ten years full of fun, frolics and attitude. The clean, conservative very elegant style of early 60’s icon, Jackie Kennedy, whom would often be seen in knee length dresses was quickly replaced by Brigitte Bardot who was often the opposite (!) bright, fun, daring, expressive and wore skirts and dresses with a much higher hem line!

 

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Jackie Kennedy’s 60’s style was demure and classic

 

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Brigitte Bardot’s bright and beautiful 60’s style.

Sixties fashion was also about a return to youth; large collars, bows, delicate embellishments and trimmings would make women appear younger and smaller whilst oversized, tunic-style dresses would hide a woman’s natural body shape de-emphasising their natural form and capturing the playful, youthful side of the 1960’s fashion. Over half of the American population, at this time, were under 25 years old and a large portion of Europe also had a younger age group and so it made sense that there was such a shift in style from the 1950’s mature fashion. Tight pencil skirts, corset tops and dresses loosened up into the shapeless shift dresses and kitten heels, trainers and Mary Jane strap shoes made a comeback. The baby doll look was also incorporated into hair, makeup and dresses.

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Twiggy wearing a typical 60’s shift dress.

 

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1960’s Jumper Dress

 

The sixties shift dresses were mainly worn for casual purposes; shopping, heading to the beach and running errands. The hem was often worn higher than the knee and was not suitable for the workplace.

 

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Baby doll hair, makeup and dress of the Swinging Sixties.

The swinging sixties was also a time of sexual power through fashion. The length of a woman’s dress or skirt would be a direct indication of her sexual liberation. Short hems were not intended to attract sexual interest but they were a way for a woman to decide what attention she wished to accept.

The artwork and patterns of the early 1960’s were inspired by the art and music movements of that era with bright and bold patterns taking over. It was nigh on impossible to be too over the top! As the 1970’s drew nearer the colours began to warm up and took on more earthly tones.

 

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Just some of our new handbags and boots coming to a Banned Apparel retailer near you.

 

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1960’s inspired collection coming soon to a Banned Apparel retailer near you.

 

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Banned Apparel sixties style jumper dresses, shoes and handbags.

Banned Apparel is a manufacturer of fine vintage inspired clothing, footwear and accessories and, although we may not sell directly to the public, we do have an impressive list of retailers worldwide both online and with physical stores. It is very easy to find your nearest supplier. Simply enter ‘Banned Apparel’ into your search engine for a selection of vintage and also darker inspired pieces.

You can also stay up to date with our latest news, new releases and customer inspired features by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Need help? Please feel free to contact us through our social media or via info@bannedapparel.co.uk