Archive for May, 2006

Fashion In Film Festival

by Modculture 8 May, 2006

May sees the Fashion In Film Festival in London,  a retrospective showcase of film and video work on fashion, taking place at three London venues – Ciné lumière (French Institute), The Horse Hospital and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).

There’s a mix of early and classic cinema, contemporary art and documentaries, but the highlight for me is a rare screening of the rarely seen cult fashion flick Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo?, introduced by its director, William Klein.

Film screenings will be followed by lectures, informal talks and Q&A sessions with filmmakers, artists, critics and fashion designers. For a full listing of all events, check out the website.

Check out the Fashion In Film website

YouTube: Small Faces

by Modculture 4 May, 2006

This week’s clip is a bit obvious, the Small Faces. However, the track is a little less obvious – it’s Green Circles on (I think) Beat Club. Check out Ronnie Lane’s jacket – and check out some truly appalling miming. Enjoy!

BBC Carnaby Street documentary

by Modculture 4 May, 2006

Radio 2 has a nasty habit of doing some damn fine documentaries, so I’m expect good things from Carnaby Street And All That, even if it is hosted by Lulu. It’s essentially a look at fashions of the era – or as near as you can get on the radio:

"When pop music and fashion went hand in hand, when a pop group’s stage gear would reflect that fashion and when the album covers reinforced their image."

The programme includes contributions from designers Caroline Charles, Barbara Hulanicki (Biba), Jeff Banks and Mary Quant, Carnaby Street historian and former Face magazine editor, Richard Benson, fashion journalist supremo Suzy Menkes, hair maestro Vidal Sassoon, former NME journalist Keith Altham, Lady Jane boutique co-owner Harry Fox and musicians Pete Townshend, Dave Dee, Chip Hawkes, Mick Avory, Dave Davies and Donovan.

There is an extract from an interview with the man who helped to run the Apple boutique as part of a collective called "The Fool", Dutch designer Simon Posthuma, and archive contributions from Bill "Vince" Green, John Stephen and John Lennon.

Check it out on Tuesday 9th May on Radio 2 from 8:30pm – 9:30pm.

The Prisoner set to be remade

by Modculture 4 May, 2006

According to reports from the BBC, ex-Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston has been linked with the lead role in a remake of classic sixties TV show The Prisoner.

The show, due to be made by Sky One and written by Bill Gallagher (who wrote the BBC’s gritty Clocking Off) is apparently a six-part "thrilling reinvention" of the cult classic, which will be packed with a cast of A-list actors.

Can’t say I’m too thrilled myself. But I’ll reserve judgement until I see it.

John Smedley clearance dates

by Modculture 1 May, 2006

If you’re looking to expand your John Smedley collection, but don’t want to break the bank, two events are well worth putting in your diary – one for those up north, and one for the those in the south of the UK.

John Smedley clearance events:

Thursday 25th May – Sample Sale

London College of fashion,
John Princes St (off Oxford Circus).
Time: 10 am til 6pm.
Selling samples & slight seconds.

Saturday and Sunday 17th/18th June – Giant Factory Sale

Lea Mills,
Lea Bridge
Time: 10 am til 4pm (both days).
End of range perfects, samples, slight seconds.

For any further information, phone Andy on (01629) 534160.

You can check out the latest Smedley range at