70s Style & Design

70s Style & Design

  1. Dominic Lutyens
  2. Kirsty Hislop
  • ISBN 9780500514832
  • 29.80 x 23.30 cm
  • PLC (with jacket)
  • 224pp
  • 430 Illustrations, 339 in colour
  • First published 2009
‘Witty, perceptive and luxuriously designed ’ – The Spectator
‘Lavish – packed full with amazing photographs and exploring all manner of fashion, interior and architecture delights … a must for anyone with a keen interest in retro style’ – Metro
‘Offers a plethora of reasons to be nostalgic’ – Elle Decoration
‘Lutyens and Hislop bring order to the decade’s seemingly chaotic visual culture …
An impressive array of 1970s tastemakers gave interviews for the book … In capturing the visual noise of the decade, the hectic turnover and profusion of competing styles, they convey an appropriate sense of turbulence’
– London Review of Books

The 1970s are experiencing a resurgence of cool. Rescuing the decade from parody, this study is sensationally illustrated, meticulously researched, and wittily written.

Once dismissed as the decade of avocado suites, lava lamps and shag-pile carpets, the period is now being enthusiastically mined for trends from the fashion, music, literature and groove of the time.

Unlike other studies devoted to the decade, 70s Style & Design presents the 1970s as a vitally important period in the creative arts. The book puts under the microscope an era that united such defining trends as Art Deco and the pop movement of the 1960s, and continues to influence today’s trendsetting tastemakers.

From artist Duggie Fields’s eye-popping flat to album covers of New Wavers like the B-52’s and glam rock’s David Bowie, from the slick advertising of Italian fashion house Fiorucci to such seminal book covers as Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch, the authors have gone beyond flares and platform shoes to address the design aesthetic of the decade. Architecture and design collectives, including the avant-garde Italian group Studio Alchimia, are also recognized as important contributors to the look and style of the 1970s.

Dominic Lutyens, a trends and design journalist, has contributed frequently to the Sunday Telegraph, the Guardian and the Observer. Kirsty Hislop is a freelance writer and stylist who has worked for British Elle and the Observer magazine. She also designs for the award-winning card company Umpen Editions.