I don’t know much about the people behind it if I’m honest, but a notification dropped into the Modculture inbox about the Last Tuesday Society hosting a lecture on menswear in Paris in the 1960s. That’s worth flagging up.
Here are the details from the website:
Rock ‘n’ Roll hit France late and not without resistance. For a country dominated by the cool intellectualism of Jazz; the reaction to R’n’R was either mockery or feeble carbon copies. But soon the youth of Paris would find their own way to express themselves, at odds with their parent’s generation and in reaction to their Mod & Peacock cousins across La Manche.
This lecture will elaborate upon the evolving youth-oriented menswear trends in 1960’s Paris; placing the subject in a wider cultural context and discussing findings from an oral history interview with surviving members of Les Minets/La Bande du Drugstore subculture.
It will investigate how a small group of upper-middle class high school student’s – Les Minets – adoption of ‘le style Anglais’ and the Ivy League-look transformed Les Champs-Élysées into a curious and colourful mix of U.S. college campus and English gentlemen’s club. It will reveal how a young tailor, Maurice Renoma’s, response to this new demand influenced Parisian menswear with a look that dominated the French 1960s; a new, figure hugging silhouette in innovative fabrics and hues.
Probably one the students of style, as this is essentially a discussion on clothing and perhaps a little more niche than a straight ‘mod’ talk. But it does sound potentially interesting.
It takes place on 21st March 2016 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, with the vibe being the The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, London. That’s at 11 Mare St, London, E8 4RP.
Standard admission is £11, concessions are £5.95 and there is more detail at the website.