Hard to imagine today, but before TV and the internet, besides newspapers (seen one lately?) and radio (I’ve got one in the car) millions around the world went to movie theatres for a weekly dose of what was happening. British Pathé was once a big feature of the English cinema experience when French filmmaker Charles Pathé came to London over a hundred years ago to introduce an innovative medium – the newsreel. Over the course of the last century, British Pathé reported on everything you can think of. Their archive is 90,000+ films many of which can be found on YouTube today –you can get lost exploring any given subject –like fashion.
These newsreels are a look back at how we were looking to the future of clothing; a 50s men’s fashion show, apparently staged in a closet “couldn’t be gayer if Liza were Mayor”, hairdos for the “stars” (RuPaul’s Drag Race challenge, please!), fashion prediction for the year 2000 from the year when The Wizard of Oz was made will make you wish those dreams came true. (Attention Violet & Pearl, there are looks here for you both!) Plus, Salvador Dali in Paris with “nightmare” attire for a surreal bitch –uh, beach. GENIUS! Watch.