I've always had a soft spot for 1970s fashions, particularly the neo-Victorian style of Jon Pertwee's Doctor Who and Peter Wyngarde's Jason King. However, these migraine-inducing designs from Sewing Illustrated show a very different sartorial zeitgeist:
"A colour-co-ordinated lawn rake? Thanks Dad!"
Designs like these are enough to make anyone yearn for the age of clothing coupons and post-war austerity. These pictures, from two decades earlier, show a very different world:
"I say. Awfully well done Mr Fuller. Your merrows have surpahhhssed themselves this year..."
"Ebsolutely splindid! Congretulations!"
Did these people fight for a world of patchwork denim and yellow garden rakes? No. But somehow this period was the midwife to the age of Garry Glitter, Jimmy Savile and the Bay City Rollers.
A decade earlier, the stakes were even higher than gardening competitions:
It all has me longing for a quieter, more innocent age, before people said "Yay!" and "LOL". A time when gentlemen of commerce would have to sit in silence during train journeys. Perhaps the 1880s:
Finally, my favourite cover this week. Did you know that Japanese women used to look like Elizabeth Taylor?