Oh You Pretty Things: The story of British Music and Fashion.
This series follows the cut and thrust between British subcultures from the mid-60s to the early 90s, revealing a cultural and social history of Britain featuring those at the heart of the scene.
From the Mod movement to Roxy Music’s glamorous art rock, episode one explores how music and fashion became the most colourful and powerful expressions of identity amid the changes of post-war Britain. Cilla Black opens up her wardrobe and tells how the dress she wore to meet the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance was not haute couture, but a high street design by Biba’s founder, Barbara Hulanicki, who reveals that it was inspired by a medieval costume worn by Richard Burton in a film she’d seen.
Set against the backdrop of the economic decline of the 1970s, episode two tells how fashion designers collaborated with musicians, to create extravagant stage personas, which in turn influenced the fashions worn by their fans. Many of the rock stars played with gender identity and used clothes to create fantastical characters: Bowie, from Ziggy Stardust to The Thin White Duke, was at the fashion vanguard; Rick Wakeman played keyboard for prog rock band Yes in a cape and Queen conveyed a spectacular, theatrical liberation. Punk followed suit, and was even more about image and performance than many of the bands that had gone
The series features rarely seen archive footage of street fashion in the UK, plus music archive including performances.
Contributors include designers Anthony Price, Zandra Rhodes & Pam Hogg. As well as musicians Andy Mackay (Roxy Music), Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Pauline Black (Selector) and Jazzie B (Soul II Soul) among many, many others.
6 Music presenters, Don Letts, Stuart Maconie and Steve Lamacq will be sound-tracking episodes 1, 2 and 3 respectively, with narration by Lauren Laverne.