We’re not yet ready to farewell the 1970s as a fashion trend, so before we even contemplate it here’s a look at an editorial from the era that’s not too far removed from this year’s revival. Shimmering lurex maxi dresses and floating sunray pleats in block colours could quite easily be modern Gucci offerings. And while 2011 takes the era and gives everything a slicker, cleaner update, when you look at editorials like these it’s easy to see where many of fashion’s current fascinations have come from.

Photographed by none other than Helmut Newton and featuring a recognisable Grace Coddington from her early modelling days, this spread appeared in UK Vogue’s October 1973 issue.

grace coddington by helmut newton

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Grace Coddington, Karin Feddersen & Cathee Dahmen: Vogue UK, October 1973
Grace Coddington, Karin Feddersen & Cathee Dahmen: Vogue UK, October 1973
Grace Coddington, Karin Feddersen & Cathee Dahmen: Vogue UK, October 1973
Grace Coddington, Karin Feddersen & Cathee Dahmen: Vogue UK, October 1973
Grace Coddington, Karin Feddersen & Cathee Dahmen: Vogue UK, October 1973
Grace Coddington, Karin Feddersen & Cathee Dahmen: Vogue UK, October 1973

Seems the 70s were even partial to cat eye sunglasses much as we are now.

For more authentic vintage inspiration from the 70s, click on the thumbnails above.

Original scans via Youthquakers.

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