'World Fashion Day' - 21st August


It is 'World Fashion Day' on 21st August, hence the theme for our virtual 'CST Friendship Group' this week was 'Fashion'. We asked members to come to the group wearing 60s, 70s or 80s items of clothing.

We started by asking, did members have a favourite fashion style or look, either now or in the past?

Was there a particular item of clothing that they really loved? Do they still have it?

Did anyone have any stories to tell about fashion faux pas? 

What was the most expensive item of clothing people had ever bought? Any regrets?

Did anyone ever have?

- A Toni perm

- A mullet haircut

- Hair down to their waste

- Sideburns

- Long beard

- Tattoos

- Piercings.


Next, we completed 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

- 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

- Black tie

- Fancy PANTS


- Goody two SHOES

- Handle with kid GLOVES



- Mutton dressed as LAMB


- Sloane RANGER

- Talk through one's HAT

- Throw your hat into the RING

- Too big for your BREECHES/BOOTS


We then moved on to our picture and music quiz. This included time and space for discussion, reminiscences and story telling. Song choices were for group singalongs, but members were asked also to choose alternative favourite tracks at the end.


1. What was the name of the TV sitcom about life in the Grace Brothers clothing store?

Which two characters and actors are pictured?

(Give first names as prompts, if needed.)

2. What was the name of the TV sitcom about life in an advertising PR company?

Which two characters and actors are pictured?

3. What was the name of the TV sitcom about a white collar worker disillusioned with his life who left his clothes on the beach and disappeared for a time?

Which actor is pictured above?

4. What was the name of the TV sitcom about Fenner Fashions women's clothing outfit?

5. 'Coronation Street' set includes an underwear factory called what?

6. Which Ricky Gervais sitcom had the song 'Handbags And Gladrags' performed by 'The Stereophonics' as its theme music?

7. Which children’s TV programme had a white collar man in a suit and bowler hat going into a fancy dress shop and having adventures based on the outfits he tried on?

8. SONG. ‘YMCA’, The Village People - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS9OO0S5w2k

What six fancy dress costumes were they wearing in the video?

Ask members to do the arm movements during the song for a bonus point.

ROUND 2. Film

9. In which 1969 film did Barbara Windsor ‘lose’ her bikini whilst doing stretch exercises?

(Barbara Windsor is currently a champion for improved and fairer access to dementia care services.)

Which two actors are pictured above?

10. Thinking of the 1961 film 'Breakfast At Tiffany’s', what kind of store is Tiffany & Co in New York?

11. Which 1964 film sees Audrey Hepburn's character shout "Come on Dover, move your bloomin' arse!" at 'Ladies Day' at Ascot? 

What was her name in the film?

12. In which 1965 film did Julie Andrews’ character make play clothes for the Von Trapp children out of old drapes?

SONG. 'Do Re Mi', Julie Andrews - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drnBMAEA3AM

Who was Julie Andrew's co-star?

13. Which 1953 film had Marliyn Monroe sing 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend'?

14. Which 1959 film saw Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon cross dressing as female band members on tour to escape The Mob?

15. Which 1997 film had Robert Carlyle and others get into the stripping business to earn a living?

16. SONG. 'You Sexy Thing', Hot Chocolate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ohnDaKVwjs

What was the lead singer's name?

ROUND 3. Models & Fashionistas

17. What is Twiggy’s real name?

18. Burt Reynolds had the first ever male nude centrefold spread in 1972 in which magazine?

19. Sam Fox used to model topless for which page of 'The Sun'?

20. Which famous model married David Bowie?

21. Which fashion designer is one of The Fab Four’s daughters?

22. Who is this fashion designer, who brought new wave and punk into the mainstream?

23. Which artist, writer and broadcaster is known for his ceramic vases, tapestries and cross-dressing?

24. SONG. 'Fashion', David Bowie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-z6u5hFgPk

Who was Bowie's flamboyant and androgynous alter ego of the 1970s?

ROUND 4. Old Clothes

25. Name the item of denim clothing?

Name the band?

26. Name the type of jumper?

Name some other types of jumper?

27. Name the clothing item?

Who is wearing them?

28. Name this type of coat?

Who is wearing it?

29. Name these trousers?

Name the trio wearing them?

30. Name the neckwear item?

Name the person wearing it?

31. Name the type of shoes?

Name the person wearing them?

32. Name the cloak being worn?

Name the person wearing it?

33. Name the coat?

Name the person wearing it?

34. Name this type of t-shirt fabric?

What gesture is the man making?

35. SONG. 'These Boots Are Made For Walking', Nancy Sinatra - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbyAZQ45uww

Name as many different types of shoes/footwear as you can? 

How many pairs of shoes was Imelda Marcos, First Lady of The Philippines from 1965-1986, said to own (nearest guess)?

ROUND 5. Styles & Bands

What bands were associated with these following styles and trends?

36. Which artists and bands were associated with Mods?

Which two motorcycles were associated with Mods?

37. Which artists and bands were associated with Glam Rock?

38. Which artists and bands were associated with the Hippie movement?

39. Which artists and bands were associated with Punk?

What was this haircut called?

(Did anyone have any tattoos or piercings?)

40. Which artists and bands were associated with the New Romantics?

ROUND 6. Final Songs

41. SONG. 'Cosmic Dancer', T-Rex - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDcOnR03Tw4

Who was the lead singer of T-Rex?

This video contains scenes from the 2000 film 'Billy Elliot'. Who starred in that film?

42. SONG. 'Night Fever', The Bee Gees - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op5FxEs1aR0

Who starred in the film 'Saturday Night Fever'?

43. SONG. 'Dedicated Follower Of Fashion', The Kinks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4luXLKqGYU

Name any of The Kinks UK number one singles?

44. SONG. 'San Fransisco', Scott McKenzie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHQzHb9DVmQ

Which area or district of San Fransisco is associated with the birth of 'The Hippie Movement'?


Who likes wearing fancy dress?

Have a box of hats and wigs for members to try on, just for fun ...

Ask members, if they wish, to do an impersonation which fits the wig or hat they are 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. "Hi de hi campers!" (Ruth Madoc)

Also have some capes and gowns to try on. And items such as sunglasses, false moustaches, cigarette holders etc.

And so on ... Be creative!

Our members have previously loved this activity and enjoyed swapping hats and wigs and trying out different looks.


1. 'Are You Bring Served'

Miss Brahms - Wendy Richard & Mrs Slocombe - Molly Sugden

2. 'Absolutely Fabulous'

Edina Monsoon - Jennifer Saunders & Patsy Stone - Joanna Lumley

3. 'The Rise And Fall Of Reginald Perrin'

Leonard Rossiter

4. 'The Rag Trade'

5. 'Underworld'

6. 'The Office'

7. 'Mr Benn'

8. Biker, Cop, Construction Worker, American Indian, Sailor & Cowboy

9. 'Carry On Camping'

Hattie Jacques & Kenneth Williams

10. Jewellers

11. 'My Fair Lady'

Eliza Doolittle

12. 'The Sound Of Music'

Christopher Plummer

13. 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'

14. 'Some Like It Hot'

15. 'The Full Monty'

16. Errol Brown

17. Lesley Lawson nee Hornby

18. 'Cosmospolitan'

19. Page 3

20. Iman

21. Stella McCartney

22. Vivienne Westwood

23. Grayson Perry

24. Ziggy Stardust

25. Dungarees

'Dexies Midnight Runners'

26. Tank Top

Cardigan, Polo neck, Crew neck, Turtleneck, V neck, Cableknit, Arran etc

27. Hot Pants


28. Denim Jacket

Shakin' Stevens

29. Flares

'Charlie's Angels'

30. Cravat

Michael Caine

31. Platforms

David Bowie

32. Poncho

Clint Eastwood

33. Snorkel Parka

Liam Gallagher

34. Tie Dye


35. Sandals, Crocs, High Heels, Platforms, Boat Shoes, Wellington Boots, Winkle Pickers, Cowboy Boots, Trainers, Ballet Shoes, Stilettos, Suede Shoes, Brogues, Espadrilles, Sneakers/Daps, Stockings, Socks, Slippers & Flip Flops


36. 'The Who', 'The Yardbirds', 'The Kinks' (There will be others)

37. 'T-Rex', David Bowie, Slade

38. 'Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young', 'Peter, Paul & Mary', 'The Mamas And Pappas'

39. 'The Sex Pistols', 'The Clash', Buzzcocks'

40. 'Duran Duran', 'Roxy Music', 'Spandau Ballet'

41. Marc Bolan

Jamie Bell

42. John Travolta

43. '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.

44. Haight Ashbury

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Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

He recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service and continues to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.


He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 


The main aim of this website is to share experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

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