• Short Summary

    Long item tracing some of the history of male fashion up to the modern day peacock suit.

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    M/S model on catwalk in ball dress. M/S actor John Mills and his family. M/S another model in pink ball dress, band playing in background. M/S compere with microphone, M/S male model as he takes off an overcoat and hat to show off his suit. C/U profile man in audience. M/S racing drivers Bruce Maclaren, Jim Clark and Innes Ireland modelling suits, M/S as they walk off. M/S men in audience applauding. M/S man modelling overcoat and bowler hat, he opens coat to show trousers. M/S two pairs of legs, camera pans up to show sportsmen Bobby Smith and Jimmy Hitchcock smiling as they model, M/S as they walk off. C/U profile woman in hat watching. Various shots as one of the Bedser twins models a suit, M/S people watching. M/S Tom Graveney modelling suit, he walks towards the camera.

    M/S tailor's hands as he puts a pattern on cloth and a ruler on top of it. C/U his face, C/U his hands drawing round pattern with chalk, various shots as he does this and cuts it out. Various shots tailor sat cross legged on a table sewing. M/S man having suit fitting, various shots as tailor adjusts suit. L/S as man ( Pathe editor Ronnie Glenister ) emerges from demob centre in suit, M/S as he looks down, pan down to show suit, he walks off. M/S man ( Pathe writer Mr Williams ) in Italian style suit walking up to have his shoes shined, various shots of him as his shoes are shined. M/S Teddy Boy's legs, pan up to show him smoking and cleaning his nails, he throws cigarette away and combs his hair in shop window, various shots as he does this (this is Pathe assistant editor, Dennis Drinkwater - SL). M/S as he walks along the street and into an amusement arcade. Various shots of a couple dressed in Regency costume riding through Richmond Park in a carriage with the driver and groom steering horses. M/S as they stop and man gets out, woman smiles and sets off again, man touches his hat. M/S Savile Row, various shots as man walks towards tailors. M/S interior tailors, man sits down tailor pours a glass of claret, M/S as he drinks it. Various shots as they discuss the suit and he gets measured. C/U red cloth and grey material, tailor takes it over and drapes it round man. Various shots as man feels quality of cloth, M/S tailor holds up another cloth to compare.

    Exterior - M/S one man walks up to another, L/S as they look at a paper, they are wearing Peacock suits made of two different cloths. M/S camera pans down suits, they walk off. M/S man's legs with turn-ups on his trousers walking up steps to the Albert Hall, he looks around then at his watch. L/S woman walking down steps to meet him, M/S as they hold hands and walk off. M/S man rowing up to jetty with woman in boat, another man helps him in. M/S as they step out of boat, he is wearing black and grey striped blazer. L/S they walk up jetty. L/S man walking his dog past statue of Peter Pan. Various shots of man as he lets dog off lead.

    L/S pop group The Searchers in Peacock suits tuning their instruments, there are three guitarists and a drummer. M/S recording light going on, M/S tape machine running. M/S as they start to sing 'Sugar and Spice'. The rest of the item is of The Searchers singing the song with various shots of the recording equipment.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    01:43:18:00 / 01:51:54:00
    CP 472

Comments (2)

  1. Unknown user says

    "John Mills and his family" - the lady in blue is his wife, the playwright Mary Hayley Bell. In red is his daughter, the actress Hayley Mills.

    "Bruce maclaren" should read Bruce McLaren.

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  2. Unknown user says

    More of the fashion show seen early in this clip can be seen in clips 237.09 and 3098.16.

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