I love a bit of vulgar culture. Fashion offers up a plethora of fodder especially during those most perplexing of decades of the 60's and 70's. Recently I was discussing the true hideousness of some of the television at that time. The recollections of truly questionable character portrayals and fabrics that were as confronting as the sideburns presented.
The worst offenders were the British - UK TV.
Are You Being Served?
Now I do not mean to be unkind but what was the casting brief here?
Ever questionable physical comedy.
Resulting in cringe worthy intimacy leaving you reeling and queasy not unlike car sickness.
The Stoic and the Flamboyant counterbalance apparently resulting in hilarity.
Now I don't know what happened in my head as a small child taking this all in but somewhere amongst the mix of abrasive voices and the bad comedic premise I fell in love. I turned...
To this day I love this look above.
Something about her powdered look, his true degree of maturity and dapper refinement and most of all the fabrics and the past its use by date of early 1960's fashion being worn on and on. Perhaps that is the reason I collect nasty nylon night wear that I am sure that Mrs S could have swanned about in. Oh the harsh nylon goodness, the smell and look of the old 'Taft' hairspray, talcum powder and face compact heavily layered, lavender eyeshadow and pastel pink lips.
Or as I like to call it...
Old lady Grunt.
This image is such a great exponent of what I am on about. Besides the almost Groucho like face on the dark haired man these folks are totally and completely rocking it.
With an attitude adjustment these people could be positively sexy.
The foxy redhead wins hands down to me...Go Mrs Slocombe!
During its run, the series attracted some mild criticism for its reliance on sexual stereotypes and double entendres, including jokes about Mrs. Slocombe's "pussy" (cat) e.g., Mrs Slocombe, "Animals are very psychic; the least sign of danger and my pussy's hair stands on end".
Come to think of it you could spell her name in an all together different way...upon reflection perhaps they weren't so clueless.