The Dotted Line

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Navy cotton voile empire line dress by Bernshaw. Navy kid shoes by Russell & Bromley.



Maxi or mini? What lengths should the follower of fashion go to this summer? QUEEN carried out the hemline test on Twiggy, with the aid of Justin de Villeneuve, her business manager/photographer. Some of the hemlines are up, some are down, but they are all on the dotted line.

Even though this editorial perfectly encapsulates the 1968 'mini or maxi?' debate, it could also be referring to my own inner wrangles. I have always questioned whether I like minis on myself, generally preferring the confidence and maturity that a midi or a maxi confers. But it is hard not to succumb to the doll-like appeal of minis such as those worn here by Twiggy, especially that ruffled Foale and Tuffin beauty, and especially when photographed against such romantic backdrops. I love this late 1960s move towards Victoriana, with cameo chokers, ringletted hair and ruffled voiles and georgettes. A reminder that we never stop referring to the past, particularly at times of upheaval and change.


Photographed by Justin de Villeneuve. Queen, 5th June 1968.


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