Sail away


“…And next to me I have a July 1981 Cosmopolitan (with Paula Yates on the cover) which has a 10 page fashion spread by Caroline Baker, shot in Antigua and almost all exclusively using Vivienne Westwood’s World’s End collection (with a bit of Laura Ashley, Laurence Corner and old-style Mulberry thrown in). Photography is by Neil Kirk, hair Trevor Sorbie (ringlets and rags a plenty) and makeup by Yvonne Gold*.” This appeared in an email from my PR buddy Rossana, so of course I insisted she send me the pictures. She duly Blackberryed them over to me, cover included.

If you don’t know who Caroline Baker is then here’s some background… As well as being among the first of the super-stylists, she also had a stint working for Vivienne Westwood, hence the abundance of squiggle-print. And look! World’s End T-shirts were Β£16 in 1981! Plus I have to laugh at the ‘ribbons from John Lewis’ credit. Caroline loves a bit of customising and on your head be it if you forget to pack her beloved bag-o-ribbons for a shoot…




Don’t miss the cover. Isn’t this brilliant? I believe there is still a wall of framed Cosmo covers in the Soho offices to this day…

*who is mentioned here