Do The Watusi

The Watusi was a dance craze that became popular in America during the 1960s (it was the second most popular dance in the US after the Twist!).

The dancer stands with knees slightly bent and moves backwards and forwards by one or two small rhythmic steps. The arms are held straight and flail up and down in time with the music, with the head bobbing slightly to accentuate the arm flailing.

Sixties Inspired: Orla Kiely for Clarks

The Mystery of JH Lynch

Little is known about JH Lynch, the artist whose exotic prints such as 'Tina' and 'Nymph' were sold in their thousands during the sixties. Joseph Henry Lynch was born on 28 October 1911 and died in 1989 at the age of 78 (having destroyed many of his original paintings). His prints were sold in Boots and Woolworth's here in the UK and proved to be extremely popular throughout the 1960s and 1970s, becoming a household staple (my dad remembers his Nan having the prints in her home).


Style Muse: Twiggy

No style muse series would be complete without Twiggy, the 'face' of 1966 and one of my ultimate style icons. I once had cropped hair just like Twiggy's when I was a model for Mahogany, a hairdressers in Mayfair.


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Collars, Cuffs and Tartan

I used my favourite 1960s Style pattern for this dress (2132) and drafted the pattern for the collar and cuffs myself. The main inspiration behind it was some lovely tartan dresses I'd seen whilst browsing Etsy and also the 90s film Clueless - there is some great plaid going on in that film.

Style Muse: Christine Delaroche