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Bombed Out!, 1970s Fashions and The Punk Revolution: Big Flared Trousers.

Bombed Out!, 1970s Fashions and The Punk Revolution: Big Flared Trousers.

Above Photo: Dave Hill, Slade’s guitarist proudly shows off his 1970s attire.

I saw a superb photo article recently, by Greg Whitmore, in the UK’s Guardian newspaper about the 1970s fashion for really BIG flared trousers, tracing their history back to the US navy in the late 1800s, and tracking them through the ages, particularly in the 1970s.

Easier to dance a hornpipe: Sailor on the deck of USS New Hampshire in 1864

Easier to dance a hornpipe: Sailor on the deck of USS New Hampshire in 1864

I hadn’t really thought about it before, but the Punk Revolution also did for flared trousers in the mid ‘Seventies; at least in the UK.

ABBA in 1974, having won the Eurovision song contest in Brighton, England. ABBA get a few mentions in Bombed Out!, but not sartorially.

ABBA in 1974, having won the Eurovision song contest in Brighton, England. ABBA get a few mentions in Bombed Out!, but not sartorially.

Big 1970s flares get a very early mention in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! (on page 10 no less), in the context of gang fights and the sudden appearance of Skinheads on the social horizon back in Liverpool.

Flare-wearing football hooligans in the UK looking for a ruck in the 1970s.

Flare-wearing football hooligans in the UK looking for a scrap in the 1970s.

It was obviously a confusing time for fashion; something which the accompanying photos amply demonstrate.

Budgie smuggler David Essex in LA, November 1975. he also gets a few mentions in Bombed Out!

Budgie smuggler David Essex in LA, November 1975.

Most of bands and musicians pictured here also receive mentions in Bombed Out! for their good or (often) otherwise musical contributions to the 1970s, which also helped shape the musical landscape for the rise of Punk.

Early adopters - Sonny and Cher in flares back in 1965.

Early adopters – Sonny and Cher in flares back in 1965.

I have used and re-captioned some of the excellent photos in the Guardian’s article here, and put a link to the full article below.

Shang-A-Lang: The Bay City Rollers in 1976.

Shang-A-Lang: The Bay City Rollers in 1976.

Designer Mary Quant sports a pair of wide pinstriped flares in London, 1972.

Designer Mary Quant sports a pair of wide pinstriped flares in London, 1972.

Punks and flares peacefully co-exist in the mid Seventies on the streets of London, shortly before people stopped wearing them.

Punks and flares peacefully co-exist in the mid Seventies on the streets of London, shortly before most people stopped wearing them.

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See the full Guardian article here: http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2015/jan/24/the-history-of-flares-in-pictures

 

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