A Review: Fashion in the '70s

Ever since being appended with the label bohemian chic, I’ve been keen to find out more about 70’s fashion. And did I ever find a lesson in Fashion in the ‘70s by Emmanuelle Dirix and Charlotte Fiell. These ladies have an entire series on fashion by the decade and I’ve already reviewed one of their books, which encompassed the 20th century, but this book, focusing solely on fashion in the 1970’s proved false the adage that the 1970’s is the decade that fashion forgot.

Generally, when talking about the 1970’s and and fashion, fashion historians focus on the afghan knit bodysuits and the over the top polyester leisure wear in eye bleeding color combinations. The Dirix and Fiell focus on what made the 1970s the ME decade, the fashion decade where everyone found their own voice, versus having fashion dictated to them by the elite couturiers in Paris.

Fashion in the ‘70s is filled with photographs of amazing fashion that came from the decade.

Like this

Like this

and this

and this

this one too

this one too

oh and one of those…

oh and one of those…

In fact, I found myself attaching a post-it note to every single picture that I wanted one of. There were a lot.

behold my book…bristling with sticky notes

behold my book…bristling with sticky notes

Dirix and Fiell even touch on how home couturiers used patterns from Vogue and Butterick to duplicate runway fashion, the last real decade in which home sewing was truly popular. This book is the one that made me decide I should really learn to make my own patterns, as pattern companies don’t tend to re-release a lot of the patterns from the 1970’s. Too much stigma tied to the knit bodysuits, not enough focus on the elegance and free spirit that came from the decade that fashion forgot.

I am so in love with the fashion and design presented in this book, that I have yet to put it back on my bookshelf, instead thumbing through it for inspiration when I get stuck on a lesson in my learning to pattern process. If you are at all curious about the 1970’s as a style trend, pick up this book. It is worth your money, and is very fast to read, given that most of it is pictures with caption.