Friday, July 09, 2010

I would love to waste time in this surfer dress. It's even got ukuleles on it, and a freewheeling character who plays uke and surfs. This frock even has pockets. It is adorable, but it is super small and rather spendy. But it is a very nice example of the style. I have not before seen a late 60s print with a Hawaiian patois theme.

It's got what I like to call a Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In kind of print, something that my wardrobe does not currently have. Laugh-In was a vaudeville style variety show on television, that box without a keyboard that people used to stare at, that ran from the late 60s to the early 70s. The show launched the careers of comediennes Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, and Jo Anne Worley. Not to mention unleashing novelty act Tiny Tim. Any late 60s print with non-sequitor text makes me think of Goldie Hawn in a biniki, dancing between skits on Laugh-In, with counter-culture text and psychedelic flowers painted on her.

Goldie is looking marvelously svelte and fit,no? She and the other female cast members did not relish the bathing-suited go-go dancing aspects of their jobs, and who could blame them? The show's stars abandoned it as soon as they could and left the go-go dancing to newer cast members after the first season, and then farmed out the task to uncredited dancers for subsequent seasons.

I would prefer to dance in this marvelous dress, or perhaps an a-line paper dress, printed with "Fight the Power".



Blogger hollyhaha said...

They are asking...$145! Wow. Gone are the days when one could find a choice item at a thrift store for $3.

7:50 PM  

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