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29 February 2012

Antique Attire: Celtic FC, 1967

The 1960s is remembered as a time of liberation, protest, emancipation, change, fashion that pushed boundaries, and great music. While flower children, tree huggers, and freedom fighters becomes the face of the decade, we often forget that the decade that followed is filled with the very same young revolts who had all but grown up, realising that many of their protests led to little change. The 1970s became remembered as a time of commercialism, decadence and disco. "Nothing good came out of it" some says, but we know now that polyester is the fabric of choice for disappointment.

1967 witnessed the peak of the Civil Rights movement in the USA, the breakdown of Sino-Soviet relations, the Cultural Revolution in China, the ongoing Vietnam War, the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain, the Six-Day war, and of course - the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. What is often forgotten in the footballing world is that the year also saw the first British club and only Scottish club (as of today) winning the European Cup.  The team, afterwards nicknamed the 'Lisbon Lions' defeated Internazionale 2 - 1 at the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon.

(They also went to win the Scottish League Championship, the Scottish Cup, the Scottish League Cup, and the Glasgow Cup that season.)

This Antique Attire inspired by the Lisbon Lions focuses on mid-60s fashion with a touch of late-60s trends. The centre of the outfit is provided by the modish shirt dress in traditional Celtic green whose white trimmings are an homage to Celtic's white stripes. The psychedelic ethnic look became huge by the late 60s and here it is translated through the fringe wool coat and patterned headband.

We finish the look with a retro leather and straw shoulder bag where the materials remind you of old picnic baskets - an interpretation to the sense of togetherness that was very much true in the era. We adorn the ears with vintage Chanel earrings to add a touch of glamour, the eyes with iconic John Lennon-style shades, and finally another nod to the Swingin' London: suede platform boots.


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