Topic: 1970s

Retro Romance: What Dating Was Like In The 1970s

Retro Romance: What Dating Was Like In The 1970s

“I am woman, hear me roar,” sang Helen Reddy in 1972. And boy were we roaring. The decade marked the decline of the Vietnam War, and with it the radical hippie culture that permeated the 1960s.
Tom Wolfe deemed it “the me decade” for a reason, but it may have been called the Ms. marathon instead. The magazine and the passing of Roe v. Wade — both in 1972 — was a turning point for the modern woman. Gloria Steinem, arguably the women’s movement loudest activist, was quoted as saying “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” Here’s what dating was like in the 1970s… More »

Retro Snap: Guy Bourdin, Who Almost Killed This Model

Retro Snap: Guy Bourdin, Who Almost Killed This Model

For this shoot for French Vogue in 1970, Guy Bourdin smeared a film of glue onto the models’ faces before applying hundreds of sequins. He then decided it would be best to paste them over the model’s entire bodies as well. Unfortunately, after applying the glue their skin could not breathe, and the models began blacking out. The editor said “we can’t go any further. These girls will die.” And Guy replied “Oh it would be so beautiful – to have them dead in bed!”

(They didn’t die, fortunately.)

You feel creepy for admiring this picture now, don’t you? More »