“…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 £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
9 March, 2010 @ 6:56 pm
Amazing – love finding old stuff like this. 1981 was the year I was made! Can't believe those plaits were seriously in fashion?! The hair in the bottom picture looks AWFUL. Love Paula's hair on the front though. x
Make Do Style
9 March, 2010 @ 6:59 pm
Wonderful reminds me of being a youth and nipping into the wonky shop to oggle and then trying to bag a pass (at home)to go and see bow wow wow!
Looking Fab in your forties
9 March, 2010 @ 8:00 pm
Oh dear, I remember wearing clothes like this, I think Adam Ant was number 1. In a similar red and white ensemble, my boyfriend refused to take me out because I was wearing Arsenal colours and he supported Spurs!
9 March, 2010 @ 9:40 pm
I remember this cover in the newsagents! But I was into Smash Hits
My New Favourite Thing
9 March, 2010 @ 9:51 pm
Woah. Now THAT'S a hairdo.
This has made me want to rummage around under the stairs – I'm pretty sure my mum still has all her Cosmos from back in the day…
9 March, 2010 @ 9:58 pm
Paula Yates is the bomb! That's some serious platinum.
9 March, 2010 @ 10:06 pm
I remember this issue so well, it started my obsession with Paula Yates!! You need to come round and look through my mountains of Face, Blitz and ID mags from the 80'!!
That's Not My Age
10 March, 2010 @ 9:07 am
Love the pirate shoot – and I remember wanting my hair to look like Paula's!
10 March, 2010 @ 10:34 pm
And from vintage we gather inspiration for today's modern fashion! Great blasts from the past, nothing wrong with being reminded of the good ol' days.