There's an old saying, probably made up by those a bit befuddled by the excesses of the 60's, that if you remember them then you weren't there. Not true and I can vouch for that with some ghastly photgraphic reminders of clobber I'd rather forget. The 70's was a different set of ghastliness with polyerster, crimplene, platform shoes and surprisingly the most fabulous frock of any era, the DVF ( Diane von Furstenburg) jersey wrap dress. Its still available and still looks brilliant. So what was discovered in the back of the wardrobes of those keen to dress up in 70's 'fashion' for the JDRF ( Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) dinner dance named to honour the late Markus Gibson-Huck who was an avid supporter, was in fact an amazing collection of a couple of decades of the stuff of fashion that makes us cringe years later and laugh hilariously when we slip back into it for fancy dress.
What a good laugh it was and the photos tell the tale of colour and movement with psychadelic swirling before the eyes lots of fabrics that were dangerous near a naked flame, with bodies unashamedly slinking into tight pants with flare bottoms and tight bottoms with flare pants. Guest of Honour was the handsome and personable Rob Palmer formerly of Better Homes and Gardens. He's the kind of man every woman would like to have in a spare cupboard to use for all those household fixin's he's so good at and while he tries to make it seem so easy sorry Rob it's not. Currently chipping a brick hearth away for a bigger better heater has ruined my nails, bruised my hand and made me cranky. Well Rob was at the event to tell his diabetes story, not listen to my reno whingeing, and he offered his beautiful body to the highest bidder for a dance because he knows a thing or two about sashaying around the dance floor as he's a former Dancing With The Stars winner. Now I think this was won by a man with dollars to spare and a good sense of the ridiculous which is an advantage in fundraising bidding.
Memorable fashions for all the wrong reasons but fundraising for all the right reasons. Markus would have loved it all.