Christmas Sparklers

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Shot silver/chocolate gathered from a wrapped bra, shoulder straps curving up to tie at the nape. By Anne Turrell at John Marks.


Nothing says Christmas, and the holiday season in general, quite like sparkling fabrics. Though Lurex was patented 60 years ago, it really came into its own in the 1970s, as seen in this editorial - every image which showcases how it is really the fibre for glamour and fun. Long, slinky and dazzling, the garments in these images would light up any party. With the next few weeks, through to New Year's, a constant array of events I know that I am personally planning on donning my most sparkling items. While I would kill for the gold and black Ossie Clark halter dress and bolero (please find it for me, Cherie!), I do have a silver Lurex gown by him that will definitely be making an appearance.

Photos by Norman Parkinson for Vogue UK, December 1973.


Tinsel decorations - Tailored glitter for the balcony scene. Pewter shirt, long light skirt pleated from hips, roped in jet and glitter. Sujon.  Black, silvery, diamante necklaces, Saint Laurent for Corocraft.


(L) ce blue, dark blue frosty jacquard cardigan. Sleeveless V'd matching sweater, by Oulander. Snow-and-sparkle cobweb scarf, at Liberty. Knife-pleate twinkling skirt and belt, both part of a Jaeger suit.  (R) Silver/jet cardigan, like a second skin, over pleats to the ground, elastic gently gripping the cuffs and wrists. By Juliet Dunn.


Striped razzle dazzle. Silvered black stripes, hankerchief-point dress with halter, backless, like a glittery bias petticoat. By Jakie Ross at Jon Elliot.


Starlit black lurex dress, fitted to the hips, ribbed and polo-necked, with flared skirt and silvery leather belt. By Anne Turrell for John Marks. Silver sandals, from Biba.


Looks that set the Thames alight. Seal-like golden/black striped suspended on halter strap, with cropped long-sleeved bolero. By Ossie Clark at Radley.


Black acrylic/lurex V-neck and cardigan, edges and birds-eyes of gold, John Craig. Long black pleated skirt, Juliet Dunn. Golden/black turban, at Saint Laurent Rive Gauche.

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