#UONIGHTOWLS – WHAT WE WORENovember 19, 2014
As we go in on party season full throttle, we take a retrospective look at the sartorial juggernauts of parties past.
Taking excerpts from our new favourite fashion book, What We Wore – an alternative British style guide, featuring crowd-sourced pictures kicking off with the ‘50s – take a look into the ultimate party chapter, We Danced The Dance.
Travel through defining moments in club land, from the ‘70s tasty two-pieces at Lavender Hill’s JJ’s to the garage girls of the late ‘90s.
1970 – JJ’s Lavender Room
“In the 1970s, I was a Mercedes mechanic with a passion for dressing sharp. Every Saturday, I crossed the river from my home in Battersea to the King’s road in Chelsea, where I worked one day a week at The Squire Shop. That’s where I met my good friend John Johnson.
It was 1975 when John and I found the Cornet of Horse pub in Lavender hill, Battersea. It was a typical south London pub with no pretensions and a traditional ambience and clientele. The pub’s function room upstairs, which became home to our JJ’s parties, held every Sunday for three years. Some of the best dancers and the most finely dressed came to JJ’s on weekends. Luckily, Peter Williams captured these moments on camera.” – Jim Jackson
1995 – Roast Raver
“This picture was taken in November 1995 for a dance music magazine by my then-boyfriend Tristan O’Neill, somewhere near Kensal Rise.
I can remember going to Roast at Adrenaline Village, near Battersea Power Station. It was one of the moodier events and looking good was a top priority. Everyone dressed in Cheap and Chic by Moschino, Versace and Iceberg.” – Natalie Coleman
1998– Garage Girls
“This was taken at my friend Ros’s house. We were on our way to AWOL at Ministry of Sound. I remember being so jealous of her Versace jeans! I was wearing a black mini dress with a Chanel chain belt. I would tie my hair up tight, using a can of hairspray to hold it in place, and wrap a pair of tights around it to make my bun or ponytail.” – Juliette Hedoin
1999 – Glitter and Bratpop
“This was taken at an electro night in a club somewhere in Soho, possibly called Ghetto. The tank top is from Topshop, and pinned onto it is a slits badge. I teamed it with flared jeans and a pair of Adidas shell-toes. The hair was a freebie cut from Vidal Sassoon.” – Caroline Milne
Wanna see more? Get your hands on What We Wore, published by Prestel…