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Miniskirts & beehives take centre stage at 60s fashion event

Wardrobes all over the Lothians are currently being raided in search of vintage clothing suitable for a 1960s fashion extravaganza. Residents with an liking for ‘60s glamour will have the perfect excuse to squeeze themselves into old miniskirts, zip up their kinky knee high boots and backcomb their beehive with the aim of being suitably attired for a celebration of 60s fashion set to take place at Prestongrange Museum.

The 1960s fashion afternoon called ‘Biba, Beehives and Badges’, will include a fashion show of 60s style outfits, a display of memorabilia related to Jean Muir from National Museums Scotland and tips from jewellers and costume designers on how to customise outfits.

A main feature of this fun event will be a talk by Queen Margaret University fashion expert Mike Pretious. Mike, a former fashion buyer and current QMU lecturer in marketing, retailing and consumer studies, will be giving a visual presentation of 1960s fashion trends.

He explained: “Before the ‘60s, fashion was mainly focused on the department store which was more in tune with clothing suitable for mothers and grandmothers rather than offering anything tailored towards the demands of a distinctive younger market. Aside from the infamous mini skirt, the 1960’s brought an explosion of colour, pattern, prints and ethnic influences to a young mass market for the very first time. Music – including Motown, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones - had an incredible influence on the fashion world. This was also the era where models like Twiggy and sports stars such as George Best began influencing fashion trends and popular culture. All in all, it was very exciting and fun time for young people and emerging designers to experiment with style.”

Supported by East Lothian Council, Sarah Cowie, the Museums Education Officer, explains why the Council is involved in the unique event. She said: “This year at Prestongrange Museum we decided to focus on the 1960s which has led to us hosting exciting events like this. The mine at Prestongrange closed in 1962, changing the lives of many local people and the local economy, as mining first began on site 800 years previously. Our current exhibition ‘The Last Miner’s House: A 1960s Livingroom’ demonstrates the huge changes which came about in the 1960s, with new inventions and styles, mixed with more traditional surroundings – think brown and turquoise curtains next to a fireplace! In this event we want to celebrate the legacy of the most stylish era of the past century and encourage everyone to have a bit of retro fun!”

Councillor Ruth Currie, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: “The 1960s fashion event at Prestongrange is a great way to help promote our new exhibit – a 1960s living room where visitors can take a step back in time. Of course, the fashion event will be fantastic in its own right with an excellent talk from Mike Pretious and some pure nostalgia with fun and memories thrown in. I’m sure it will be a hugely popular event and another feather in the cap of Prestongrange Museum!”

The fashion afternoon, which will be held on Sunday 29 th May, will include tips from Barnardo’s Vintage on how to find the best retro clothing and a ‘60s wonderwall’ were guests can contribute their own fashion memories of the era.

‘Biba, Beehives and Badges: A ‘60s Fashion Afternoon’ will take place at Prestongrange Museum, Morrison Haven, Prestonpans, East Lothian on Sunday 29 th May from 1pm – 4pm. Tickets are priced at £2 and can be booked by calling T: 0131 653 2904 or by visiting Prestongrange. Dressing up for this event is encouraged and anyone with an original Biba piece from the 1960s is welcome to wear it at the event.

ENDS

 Notes to editor

1pm                 Doors Open

1.30pm            Official Welcome

1.40pm            Talk by Mike Pretious

2.20pm            Fashion Show

3pm                 Talk by Barnardo’s Vintage

4pm                 Close

Stalls and displays include:

  • Slogan badge making
  • Your fashion memories
  • Jean Muir display by National Museums Scotland
  • Barnardo’s Vintage items
  • Customized outfits – hints and tips
  • The last miner’s cottage: A 1960s livingroom

For further media information regarding Mike Pretious’s involvement in the event, please call Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Tel: 0131 474 0000, mob: 07711 011239, E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk


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