Ok we know, Instagram is full of It girls who can rock the 60s/70s fashion trend so well, but some of them really stand up for their magical personalities: so the first one I was thinking about is Beth, or just know as The Lady of the Canyon (Check her Instagram as lady_ofthe_canyon)
I adore every outfit of her! And this is not only about her pretty face and her amazing vintage clothes. She is able to create a different aesthetic in every photo she takes. Her high sense of style is supported by study and culture, by the passion she has for so many fields.
She can plays many women with her looks. She can be a gothic heroine, a folk singer, a Russian fairy lady, a groupie, a doll, a hippie girl, a witch. And still she remains Beth.
So fascinated by her fashion sense, I went to interview her. What a nice and brilliant person she is!
-Hi Beth! Tell me something about you!
Beth: Hey, I’m Beth! I live in a tiny town in the middle of the english countryside, where I also grew up. I can usually be found studying Costume Design for Theatre and Screen at University of the Arts in London, but I’m currently taking time out from my studies!
-What's your favourite fashion trend /decade at the moment?
Beth: Being a costume design student I have a huge passion for all historical fashion, but my personal style is highly inspired by the 1960s and 70’s. I used to wear quite a broad range of styles from this period, but just recently I’ve been fascinated with the late 60s and very early 70’s, (Probably from about 1966- 1973). During this period designers drew a lot of influence from historical sources, as well as clothing from all around the world. The in-crowd were buying new garments straight off the rack at Chelsea and Carnaby street boutiques and then combining them with antique pieces from junk stores and flea markets. There really were no rules - the more fantastical the outfit, the better! I can pop on a 60’s mini dress and a victorian traveling cape and feel like i’m ready to go partying with Donovan or the Rolling Stones. It’s a great way to express my love for historical fashion, whilst still rocking my beloved 60’s and 70’s vibe!
-Do you take inspirations from music, cinema, painting art? nd can you tell us about your muses?
Beth: As far as music goes I listen pretty much exclusively to Folk, which is probably due to my love for narratives and storytelling. Not to mention a lot of the Folk artists in the 60’s and 70’s had a pretty great aesthetic! Cinema and Art feature hugely in my inspirations for outfits. 60’s and 70’s cinema, to me, has something really magical about it. Due to the changing times they often had an experimental and surreal feel to them- and what they lacked in decent acting they definitely made up for in visuals! I’m a huge fan of the Folk Horror genre. Films like Blood on Satan’s Claw and The Wicker Man are big favourites of mine, and other horror films of the time including Rosemary’s Baby and the Hammer Horror collection are also great. The costumes in films like these had the same sort of tenuous link with the past as fashion did. Even the period set pieces are still unmistakably 60’s and 70’s, with big hair and loud makeup. I often try to channel 1960’s Italian horror movie vampire, or 1970’s Folk Horror Witch in my outfits! Art is a huge influence on my outfit choices. My favourite art movement, and the one I’d say that inspires me the most is the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood. The romanticised medieval notions of their work really fit in with my other style interests- and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t often base my summer outfit ideas on the Pre Raphaelite equivalent of “Groupies” - muses like Lizzie Siddal (who is one of my all time heroines!) and Jane Morris. My other love is Art Nouveau. Works from artists like Aubrey Beardsley and Alphonse Mucha have some fabulous outfit inspiration, as do children’s books from the same era, illustrated by people like Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen. The colours and fabrics in these pieces are just out of this world! Baron Wolman’s photographs of groupies, as well as the style of incredible female figures at the time like Grace Slick, Twiggy, Jenny and Pattie Boyd, Marianne Faithful, Cher, and the slightly later but still fabulous Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush are by far the best inspiration. The way these women dressed has changed fashion forever and for the better!
-Why do you like vintage so much?
Beth: I love the way vintage clothing allows me to express my individuality and interests without being a copy of anyone else in the same scene. I’ve been involved in a lot of alternative fashion scenes over the years and I’ve found that many of them have too many rules and regulations on what you “can” and “can’t” wear, which ends up draining any creativity out of the fashion and making everyone into identical clones of each other. The vintage scene is full of all kinds of unique and diverse people, which is fantastic. Asides from providing a platform on which to express myself, I love how each piece of vintage clothing has a story and a history. Someone may have worn your dress to a disco where they met their future husband, or to a great gig. Even if you never know what that garment went through, the mystery can be as exiting as the reality. I quite often give little life stories to my favourite pieces- where I think they’ve been, who they belonged too etc. It’s a little bit nerdy but it’s fun! Vintage clothing is also far more sustainable and well made than modern clothing. I only really buy vintage now due to frustration with the sizing and quality of modern things. Some pieces I have are 100+ years old and still going strong, where as modern pieces I have owned fall apart after a few months!
- We are curious to know about the vintage pieces you own and love most!
Beth: I have a lot of things, so it’s hard to choose! perhaps my favourite dress is a 1971 Biba dress. It’s one of those rare instances where you know the history of the piece, which is fascinating! It was bought by a very wealthy lady (who was actually a member of the aristocracy and a lady in waiting) for her wedding trousseau, but she never wore it! It was stored away until I bought it last year. I’ve had a lot of ladies approach me and tell me they had the same dress all those years ago, which is always lovely to hear! Another piece would be my Young Edwardian 3 piece suit. It’s just the best! I feel a total Carnaby Street dandy when I wear it. It’s easy to see where The Kinks got their inspiration for “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” when looking at pieces like this suit. I also own a beautiful paisley patterned silk Victorian cape. It’s stunning, and in perfect condition, I can never quite believe that I own
-...And the vintage clothes and accessories you are going to purchase at the moment!
Beth: I’m always on the hunt for more mini dresses but my absolute holy grail at the moment is some black label Gunne Sax. I have a few Gunne Sax pieces but nothing is quite as spectacular as their early pieces. They’re the stuff Romantic Medieval Pre Raphaelite dreams are made of