Another B-Day Gift…

I love this book…“Switched On: women who revolutionized style in the ’60s”. My favorite model of the 1960’s, Jean Shrimpton, graces the cover. I remember seeing this photo fifty-plus years ago when it appeared on the cover of Vogue. I was a high school sophomore at the time and I was in love with fashion even then. My eyes devoured everything on the glossy pages of fashion magazines beginning with Seventeen magazine when I was still in 8th grade! As a small town girl, I couldn’t wait to escape to the “big city”. At that time I dreamed of being a “jet-setter”…rich and famous just like all the models and celebrities in those magazines! I pursued a career in beauty and sold cosmetics to put myself through cosmetology school. During the 1970’s I was an Estee Lauder Cosmetics representative and in the 1980’s worked as a commercial model and taught modeling classes. Paging through this book with quotes from then editor in chief at Vogue, Diana Vreeland, fashion designers, trendsetters, celebrities, and other notorieities of that era is a trip down memory lane for me! During all those years I did find time to learn crafts…I threw myself into ceramics, opened a weaving studio that grew into a yarn shop, and took various art classes and workshops. It wasn’t until 1990 that I started making jewelry, but fashion and beauty have been in my blood from the get-go. I truly enjoy going into my closet and choosing what I will wear every day, pulling my ”ensemble” together with care. And I love makeup! It sets my mood for the day. Perhaps I live in what some would call a fantasy land, but it works for me. I have and always will love glamour!

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on September 22, 2021.

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