The Modernist Magpies


As mentioned before, early London mods stole from whoever they thought was cool & different.

We know the early mods loved the Ivy look, but they also loved continental clothing as much as American styles.

These young ‘mods’ watched the French films and idolised the stars, such as Jean Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon.

The immigration of Italians and West Indians in the 50’s and 60‘s also had an impact as they lit up grey London with unusual colours of fabrics and sharp styles, which inspired the early mod look.

One of the first mod styles was the Bum Freezer, so named because of a very short jacket that left your nether regions somewhat exposed to the elements.

These first mod styles were unflattering and box shaped, not what you would consider to be a typical “mod suit”.

It was around 1962 that jackets started to get more shape, still shorter in style but single breasted 2, 3, 4 button jackets with more detail, such as ticket pockets.

These styles evolved into double breasted jackets, but with button stands of 2, 3 and 4 inches!

The trousers were low rise hipster styles, flat fronted with frog mouth or cross pockets.

This particular style was continental, but worn in gay clubs and RnB clubs alike!

For the first time people were wearing bright colours.

The mod scene ran at such a fast pace it demanded more of itself and even the slickest of ‘faces’ struggled to keep up with the changing looks!

14”, 15”, 16” trouser bottoms, stepped trouser bottoms, seam ‘v’ splits, kick out bottoms, short jackets, longer jackets, short vents, long vents, flared & open cuffs, covered buttons, “phew”, they had it all and more!

Kid mohair, madras cotton, seersuckers and tonik were the must have fabrics.


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