"Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself." —Oscar de la Renta
"Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing." —Alexander Wang
INTRODUCTION TO THEME
It is 'World Fashion Day' on 21st August, hence we chose the theme for this week's CST session as 'Fashions: Going Out Of Style'.
After orientation reminders and introductions ...
We started by asking, did members have a favourite item of clothing they like to wear? Or had they had one in the past?
Did anyone have any stories to tell about fashion faux pas of the past?
What was the most expensive item of clothing people had ever bought, and did they regret the cost?
We asked what were members' preferred styles and looks?
We looked at a few headlines from recent days.
Storms and flooding had continued across the UK, with the north most affected. We sympathised with those in Whalley, Derbyshire, who had had to leave their homes as waters rose and the dam began to give way. Fortunately, with the fantastic work of the emergency services, levels had reduced and people had been able to return home and to work.
A humpback whale had been spotted feeding off Penzance. The leviathan jumping out of the sea was an amazing sight, especially in UK waters. We remembered the 1851 book 'Moby Dick' by Herman Melville, as well as the 1956 movie starring Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab.
A Chinese porcelain bowl nearly 300 years old had fetched £220,000 this week. The blue and white bowl was taken to an auctioneer in Bath by its owner as they prepared to move house. Experts realised it was extremely rare and dated from the reign of the Chinese Emperor Yongzheng (1722-1735).The bowl was given an estimate of £20,000-30,000 but sold to a Chinese buyer for £220,000. (see below)
Terry Brazier, aged 70, had been mistakenly circumcised this week, when he had been to hospital for a Botox treatment. Apparently Leicester Royal Infirmary mixed up his notes - and now they've been forced to pay out £20,000 in compensation. A snip at half the price?
Fifty years ago, on 8th August, Iain Macmillan had taken the cover photograph for the Beatles’ Abbey Road album (see below). The police stopped the traffic at 11.30 in the morning and MacMillan took six photographs standing on a stepladder. This fifth was chosen because their legs were in formation.
Henri Belolo, co-founder of The Village People, had died aged 82. The producer, lyricist and promoter helped the disco-era pop group to hits in the US and UK, but later became embroiled in a legal dispute with their singer. We remembered some their greatest hits, 'Y.M.C.A.', 'In The Navy' and 'Macho Man' (we came back to this in the music round).
'ATOMIK' vodka had been launched this week. It is produced with water and grain from the Chernobyl exclusion zone and intends to economically reinvigorate the area. Apparently, it is certified radiation free.
As the anniversary of Elvis' death was approaching (he died on 16th August 1977), we started by asking a few Elvis questions. Also, he was a bit of a fashion icon!
The biggest Elvis convention in the UK is held each year where?
PORTHCAWL (In September)
Elvis Presey was otherwise known by which nickname?
THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL OR ELVIS THE PELVIS
Where was his ranch?
GRACELAND, MEMPHIS TENNESSEE
How old was he when he died?
Complete his best selling song titles ...
Always on my - MIND
Return to - SENDER
In the - GHETTO
A little less - CONVERSATION
Suspicious - MINDS
Hound - DOG
Blue suede - SHOES
Burning - LOVE
Love me - TENDER
Are you lonesome - TONIGHT
Heartbreak - HOTEL
Can't help falling in - LOVE
It's now or - NEVER
Jailhouse - ROCK
All shook - UP
We continued completing the following phrases about fashion ...
- All dressed up and no PLACE TO GO
- Dressed up to the NINES
- If the cap fits WEAR IT
- Keep it under your HAT
- Like it's going out of STYLE
- Put on your thinking CAP
- Ship shape and Bristol FASHION
- Smart CASUAL
- Tit for TAT
- Wear the TROUSERS
- Wear your heart on your SLEEVE
- A feather in one's CAP
- A stitch in time saves NINE
- A wolf in sheep's CLOTHING
- Bee in your BONNET
- Belt and BRACES
- Best bib and TUCKER
- Fancy PANTS
- Fashion VICTIM/ICON
- Goody two SHOES
- Handle with kid GLOVES
- Hat TRICK
- Hush PUPPIES
- Mutton dressed as LAMB
- Power DRESSING
- Sloane RANGER
- Talk through one's HAT
- Throw your hat into the RING
- Too big for your BREECHES/BOOTS
- Whistle and FLUTE (Cockney rhyming slang for suit)
We printed off the pictures for the tables and asked the following questions ...
(Click on above image to be taken to the photos)
Colour TV - What year was colour television introduced in the UK?
1ST JULY 1967 (During Wimbledon)
Nut cracker - Name as many nuts as you can?
PEANUT, WALNUT, BRAZIL, PISTACHIO, MONKEY, HAZEL ETC
Sugar cubes - Does anyone still use them?
For many of these items, you could ask members to describe how to use them ...
Tea cosy - For cold days, before centrally heated kitchens
Tea strainer - Does anyone still use loose leaf tea?
Discuss the pros and cons of a teabag in a tea cup versus loose tea in a pot ...
Marigold gloves - Complete (sing) the following advertisement ... "For hands that do dishes ...
CAN FEEL SOFT AS YOUR FACE, WITH MILD GREEN FAIRY LIQUID"
Bathroom suite - What colour is this bathroom suite?
Mincer - How would you use this?
SCREW IT TO THE KITCHEN TABLE
Clothes line - Hands up, who prefers drying clothes on a washing line versus tumble dryer
Clothes rack - Has anyone still got one of these?
Discuss washing day .. Such a mammoth task it would usually fall on one day of the week.
Egg timer - How many minutes for a hard boiled egg?
Chip pan - What were chips most commonly cooked in?
Does anyone remember collecting dripping off the cooked meat?
Milk float - How fast do milk floats travel at?
10 - 16 MPH
A pint of milk today costs how much?
49P AT TESCO
Juicer - Name as many citrus fruits as you can?
ORANGE, LIME, LEMON, GRAPEFRUIT, TANGERINE, BLOOD ORANGE ETC
Rolling pin - What should you always do before using it?
Jelly mould - How would you traditionally have made blancmange?
ADD HOT MILK INSTEAD OF HOT WATER TO A JELLY CUBES
Griddle - What were they traditionally made out of?
Outside toilet - Discuss the pleasures of using an outside loo.
What about Izal toilet paper?
Potato peeler - Can anyone remember the Smash Martian advert? Sing the tag line "For mash get Smash". Which company made it?
Radio - Name the frequencies today?
AM, FM, DAB
Kodak Instamatic Camera - Discuss the method of taking photos, sending them away to be developed and getting them back. Hands up who prefers taking a digital photo on their mobile?
Kettle with whistle - How long does it take to boil a kettle on the stove?
3-4 MINUTES (Twice as long as an electric kettle)
Phone - What number was the operator?
Does anyone remember having a party line?
Cassette recorder - Does anyone remember taping the Top 40?
What two buttons would you press to record?
PLAY AND RECORD
Record Player - What speed are singles and albums played at?
SINGLE - 45 RPM (Used to be 78 RPM)
ALBUM - 33 RPM
Coal fire - What were the essential accoutrements?
SKUTTLE, SHOVEL, BUCKET, TONGS, POKER & CHIMNEY AND COAL SELLER
Discuss how to light a fire ...
Hot water bottle - Does anyone still use one?
Were days and nights colder in our childhoods? Discuss ...
Gas cooker - Does anyone remember the overhead gas grill and the bacon catching fire?
Gas mark 4 is equivalent to what electric oven temperature?
Scoop - We have these for ice cream today, but does anyone remember scoops of mash in school meals?
What about warm bottles of milk?
Scales - How many pounds and ounces in a kilogram bag of sugar?
Mixer - What food item, when whisked into stiff peaks, do chefs often put over their head upside down in a bowl?
EGG WHITES / MERINGUE
What was the name of the TV sitcom about life in the Grace Brothers clothing store?
ARE YOU BEING SERVED
(Starring Mollie Sugden as Mrs Slocombe, John Inman as Mr Humphries, Frank Thornton as Cpt Peacock, Trevor Bannister as Mr Lucas, Arthur Brough as Mr Grainger, Wendy Richard as Miss Brahms and Nicholas Smith as Mr Rumbold.)
What soap did Wendy Richards go on to star in, as Pauline Fowler?
Which sitcom starred Jennifer Saunders as Edina Monsoon, a heavy-drinking, drug-abusing PR agent, and Joanna Lumley as Patsy Stone, her even more inebriated best friend and advisor?
Who starred as Edina's mother and what was her own sitcom called?
JUNE WHITFIELD / TERRY AND JUNE
(Starred alongside Terry Scott)
In which 1976-79 ‘black’ comedy show did the main character leave his clothes on the beach?
THE RISE AND FALL OF REGINALD PERRIN
How did he always imagine his mother in law?
AS A HIPPOPOTAMUS
In which 1969 comedy movie did Barbara Windsor ‘lose’ her bikini whilst doing stretch exercises?
CARRY ON CAMPING
(Barbara Windsor is currently a champion for improved and fairer access to dementia care services.)
Which comedy show was about Fenner Fashions women's clothing outfit?
THE RAG TRADE
(It was run by Henry Fenner - Peter Jones. Reg Turner - Reg Varney was the downtrodden foreman on the shop floor. The machinists were all women, led by their union rep Paddy Fleming - Miriam Karlin.)
'Coronation Street' set includes an underwear factory called what?
Burt Reynolds was the first male celebrity to have a centrefold spread in which magazine?
Which 1970s clothing catalogue encouraged people to have a debt account?
Which company produced knitting patterns?
Does anyone still knit or crochet?
Which stamps would people collect to exchange for house goods?
GREEN SHIELD STAMPS
What did this company become?
What is Twiggy's real name?
Samantha Fox used to model in which newspaper?
PAGE 3 OF 'THE SUN'
Hands up if you owned any of these clothing items?
- Doc Martens
- Tank top
- Donkey jacket
- Hot pants
Can anyone think of any other examples?
Did anyone burn their bra?
Did anyone ever have?
- A Toni perm
- A mullet haircut
- Hair down to their waste
- Long beard
What about fashion styles and associations with pop and rock groups?
Which group would people say they leaned to?
- Mods And Rockers: The Who, Yardbirds, Small Faces
- Glam Rock: Slade, Sweet, Queen
- Hippies: Joan Baez, Peter Paul And Mary, Crosby Stills Nash And Young
- Punk: Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks
- New Romantics: David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Roxie Music
What about food and drink?
Did anyone enjoy any of these ...
- Pot Noodle
- Cadbury's Smash
- Vesta Curry
- Arctic Roll
- Angel Delight
- Campbell Soup
- Black Tower
- Blue Nun
- Mateus Rose
- Bulls Blood
- Barley Wine
- Cherry B
Spotify Playlist link: https://open.spotify.com/user/1154769589/playlist/2D7OLi9Ia2UT8MRQiwuPx0?si=5Pr8UZpkRLeQWw3v8oRVZg
Fashion - David Bowie
Who was Bowie's flamboyant and androgynous alter ego of the 1970s?
Dedicated Follower Of Fashion - The Kinks
Name any of The Kinks UK number one singles?
YOU REALLY GOT ME (1964), TIRED OF WAITING FOR YOU (1965) & SUNNY AFTERNOON (1966) - WATERLOO SUNSET REACHED NUMBER 2 IN 1967 & LOLA WAS NUMBER 2 IN 1970
Baggy Trousers- Madness
What type of band/music were Madness a leading exponent of (they launched in Camden Town in 1976)?
Forever In Blue Jeans - Neil Diamond
Which other hit single with the word 'Blue' in the title did Neil Diamond have in the 1970s?
SONG SUNG BLUE
Handbags And Gladrags - Rod Stewart
Which TV comedy series had a version of this song, recorded by the Stereophonics, as it's theme tune?
These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
In 1967, Nancy Sinatra had a hit single with her father Frank Sinatra. What was it?
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
How many pairs of shoes was Imelda Marcos, First Lady of The Philippines from 1965-1986, said to own (nearest guess)?
Any Dream Will Do - Jason Donovan
Which Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice musical was this song from?
JASON AND HIS AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT
Which Australian soap did he start out in, alongside Kylie Minogue?
I Could Have Danced - My Fair Lady
What fashionable horse racing event was shown in the movie? To help, Audrey Hepburn yelled "Come on Dover. Move your bloomin' arse!"
LADIES DAY AT ASCOT
Moon River - Breakfast At Tiffany's
What type of shop is Tiffany's?
True or false. Can you get breakfast there?
FALSE. NO RESTAURANT
Top Hat - Fred Astaire
Who did Fred Astaire frequently dance with?
What is top hat and tails commonly referred to as?
You Can Leave Your Hat On - Joe Cocker
Which 1997 musical film about removing clothes was this song used in?
THE FULL MONTY
(Starring Robert Carlyle)
Bye Bye Baby - Bay City Rollers
Which fabric were this group famous for wearing?
Prince Charming - Adam And The Ants
What was Adam And The Ants other number 1 hit?
STAND AND DELIVER
Donald Where's Your Troosers? - Andy Stewart
What do Scots men wear on and under their kilt?
SPORRAN AND NOTHING
Get It On - T-Rex
Who was the lead singer of T-Rex?
Vogue - Madonna (Best selling single of 1990)
Can anyone name any of the fashion icons Madonna names in the song at around 4.00 mins in?
"Greta Garbo, and Monroe
Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean
On the cover of a magazine
Picture of a beauty queen
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers, dance on air
They had style, they had grace
Rita Hayworth gave good face
Lauren, Katherine, Lana too
Bette Davis, we love you
Fellows that were in the mood
Don't just stand there, let's get to it
Strike a pose, there's nothing to it."
You Wear It Well - Rod Stewart
Jackie Onassis is referenced in this song. Who was she married to?JOHN F KENNEDY (35TH PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. IN OFFICE FROM JANUARY 1961 TO NOVEMBER 1963)
Who shot JFK?
LEE HARVEY OSWALD
Lady In Red - Chris DeBurgh
What year was this song number 1 for 3 weeks?
(Apparently, it was one of Princess Diana's favourite songs!)
Y.M.C.A. - Village People
What were their costumes?
GI, BIKER, COP, COWBOY, CONSTRUCTION WORKER & INDIAN CHIEF
As this is the last song, ask members to stand and dance the Y.M.C.A. moves .... Good luck!
We asked, who likes wearing fancy dress?
We had a box of hats and wigs for members to try on, just for fun ...
We asked members, if they wished, to do an impersonation which fitted the wig or hat they were wearing ...
- Policeman's helmet. "Evening all!" (Dixon Of Dock Green)
- Fez. "Just like that!" (Tommy Cooper)
- Beret. "Oo, Betty!" (Frank Spencer)
- Pirate's hat. "Ahoy me hearties!" (Captain Hook)
- Cowboy hat. "Get off your horse and drink your milk!" (John Wayne)
- Blond wig. "Oh you are awful, but I do like you!" (Dick Emery)
- Flat cap. "I don't believe it!" (Victor Meldrew)
- Bowler. "Here's another fine mess you've gotten me into!" (Laurel And Hardy)
- Army cap. "Don't panic, don't panic!" (Clive Dunn)
- Black page boy wig. "Hide hi campers!" (Ruth Madoc)
And so on ... Be creative! I must say, our members loved this activity and enjoyed swapping hats and wigs and trying out different looks.
We also had some capes and gowns to try on. And items such as sunglasses, false moustache, cigarette holder etc.