Week 4 Blog Post – Youth Subcultures

The Hippie Sub-cultural Movement.  


Fig.1 COUNTRCULTUR (2012) Hippies [Online Image].Available from: http://www.countrcultur.com/thehippies.htm[Accessed 24/10/13]

Brief Overview

The Hippie subculture was originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the middle of 1960s and eventually spread worldwide. The term Hippie came from hipster originally used to describe beatniks who emigrated to New York City’s Greenwich Village and San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. The subculture was a combination of the Hipsters Subculture from the 1940’s America and the Bohemian lifestyle of the late 1800’s associated with the academic.


Fig.2 RICHARD GROSSER (2011) Jimi Hendrix [Online Image].Available from:http://rikigo.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/jimi-hendrix-guitar-list.html[Accessed 24/10/13]

Jimi Hendrix

I have chosen to write my Blog on Jimi Hendrix has he encapsulates the essence of the Hippie subculture and is world renowned for his ethnic and bohemian style.

Theories/Topics Associated with chosen Subculture in relation to Hendrix.

Being a hippie is a matter of accepting a universal belief system that extends beyond the social, political, and moral norms of any established structure of society, be it a class, church, or government.

Hippies created their own communities, listened to psychedelic rock, embraced the sexual revolution and some explored altered states of consciousness through the use of hallucinogenic drugs.

Jimi Hendrix fronted many of these contexts within both his music and lifestyle throughout his musical career at this time.

His Style

The dictionary defines a hippie as one who doesn’t conform to society’s standards and advocates a liberal attitude and lifestyle. I think this describes Jimi Hendrix’s lifestyle perfectly.

When one mentions the name Jimi Hendrix events such as Woodstock, the summer of love, the war in Vietnam and the iconic image of Hendrix in a Napoleonic style blazer will often come to mind.

He is most commonly photographed during this revolutionary period in America wearing flared jeans, distressed denim, fringed shirts and relaxed bohemian stylized prints.

There was one colour in particular that Jimi Hendrix would often wear Purple, a colour said to imply creativity, individuality, immaturity and recklessness. Perhaps this was one of Jimi Hendrix’s numerous ways to make a statement and to tell the world his cultural beliefs, as he did so often through his music to the world.

Has the Original meaning been lost?

Certainly. Hippie’s used to resemble people trying to make a change in the world to make it a better place for the progress to come. Today however Hippies are more commonly referred to as wasters, lost in a time portal of 1960’s and 1970’s euphoric music, determined to halt progress because the world has not yet diverted to a more natural way of life and instead has steered head long into a society filled with an ever increasing man made industry. Involving technology and military arms.

However in many ways the world has become more accepting to issues highlighted by Hippies decades before. For example topics such as the war in Vietnam, sexuality, religion, freedom of speech and the environment have changed drastically in the last few decades and opinions now lean to similar opinions of that of many Hippies during the 60’s and 70’s.

Books referenced

1)     POLHEMUS, T (1994) Street Style. London V&A Publishing

2)     CROSS, CHARLES.R (2005) Room Full of Mirrors: a biography of Jimi Hendrix. London: Sceptre.

Subculture info

WIKIPEDIA (2013) Bohemianism [Online].Available from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohemianism#People[Accessed 24/10/13]

WIKIPEDIA (2013) Hippies [Online].Available from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippie[Accessed 24/10/13]

WIKIPEDIA (2013) Jimi Hendrix [Online].Available from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimi_Hendrix[Accessed 24/10/13]

Fashion info and background on Jimi Hendrix

LUANA GABRIELLA (2013) Hey Jimmi [Online].Available from: http://www.foreverboho.com/tag/jimi-hendrix/[Accessed 24/10/13]

DR.TOM (2008) Jimi Hendrix Info [Online].Available from: http://hiphappy.me/2008/07/16/jimi-hendrix/[Accessed 24/10/13]

SONIA (2011) Run Away Hippie [Online]. Available from: http://runwayhippie.com/2011/05/03/style-icon-jimi-hendrix/[Accessed 24/10/13]

John Jannuzzi (2013) What Would Jimi Hendrix Wear Right Now? [Online]. Available from: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/mens-fashion/jimi-hendrix-clothes-2011[Accessed 24/10/13]

ADAM FOX (2012) Style Icon Jimi Hendrix [Online].Available from: http://uk.askmen.com/fashion/style_icon_100/126_style-icon-jimi-hendrix.html[Accessed 24/10/13]

CHARLES WELCH (2013) The 1960’s- A Time Of Change [Online].Available from: http://www.earthlyissues.com/music60.htm[Accessed 24/10/13]

Week 3 Blog Post – Newspaper Article Observation


Fig.1 Matt Mensley (2012) Urbanears Harris Tweed Plattan Headphones [Online Image]. Available from: http://www.departures-international.com/nc/sections/post/stately-sounds.html  [Accessed 17/10/13].


Fig.2 FIDM Museum (1993) Vivienne Westwood Harris Tweed Suit [Online Image]. Available from:http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2009/07/vivienne-westwood.html[Accessed 17/10/13].

British Fashion warms to Wool

Wool Week-What is it?

Wool week is a global campaign for the Woollen industry started by his royal highness the Prince of Wales in a bid to inform consumers of the natural and economically sustainable benefits offered by wool which takes place in October.

The Campaign for wool (2010) Wool Week Campaign [Online].Available from: http://www.campaignforwool.org/ [Accessed 17/10/13].

British Woollen Industry

Britain has a long history within the woollen industry with a wider variety of wool producing breeds in its fields than anywhere else in the world and the most native breeds at that. The most well-known sheep breeds being the Shaggy Devon and Cornwall Longwool, the Beulah Speckled Face and the unusually named Striped Zwartables.

thegaurdian (2013) It’s Wool Week… [Online] Available from: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/14/wool-week-great-british-industry?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487[Accessed 17/10/13].

 Harris Tweed

The most famous and internationally known woollen commodity from Britain is Harris Tweed cloth which has been woven by islanders in the Outer Hebrides of Northern Scotland since the 18thcentury. The production of this precious and protected commodity has risen in manufacture by four times its value since 2009.

WIKIPEDIA (2013) Harris Tweed [Online] Available from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harris_Tweed[Accessed 17/10/13].

Harris Tweed Authority (2013) Harris Tweed [Online] Available from: (http://www.harristweed.com/[Accessed 18/10/13].

THOMPSON, F (1969) The story of Hebridean Industry. New Abbot: David &Charles.

But the question on the fashion industries minds is will it continue to do so?

Recent reports in the fashion industry seem to suggest it’s here to stay, with the rise in demand for this historic British commodity leading to another eight woollen mills opening within Britain over the past decade. Bringing the total number of workers in the British wool industry to 6,000.

DEY, I. (2013) World warms to wool. The Sunday Times, 13th Oct, pp. Available From: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/business/Retail_and_leisure/article1326878.ece

But what caused this Resurgence of demand for Harris Tweed?

Could it be that Vivienne Westwood’s 80’S ‘The Pagan Years Collection’ with this infamous cloth has made a comeback with the rise of interest in vintage attire and the fashion world’s current love for heritage chic. I say completely, the market speaks for itself with brands such as Next, Topman, DM and Sony all buying in to the British Heritage Frenzy.                                                                                  Not only is the fashion and interior industry inundated with this Heritage Chic, but T.V. series such as Dr. Who, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Bomb Girls are all sporting the classic Harris Tweed weaves, all of which are world-wide and internationally acclaimed programmes.

Vivienne Westwood (1988) The Pagan Years Collection [Online]. Available from: http://www.viviennewestwood.co.uk/w/the-story/the-pagan-years[Accessed 18/10/13].

MC DERMOTT, C (2008) Vivienne Westwood. Dubai: Carlton.

The Telegraph (2013) Wool week the best woolly furnishings [Online]. Available from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiorsandshopping/10377396/Wool-week-the-best-woolly-furnishings-and-top-events.html[Accessed 17/10/13].

BBC News The Fashionable rise of Harris tweed (2013) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3UlFcu6ufc  BBC News TV Clip. Directed by BBCWorldNews225.BBC.

However with issues such as recession in previous years and the national campaigns to encourage consumers to buy the best of British it’s not surprising that people are starting to buy this historic commodity again. If I am honest I’m surprised the resurgence of the Woollen Industry hasn’t happened at a more Global and rapid rate. Considering that both Harris Tweed and wool are so frequently within the public eye.

Additional References

thegaurdian (2013) Harris weed returns to global boutiques after islands’ renaissance [Online]. Available from:  http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2012/nov/09/harris-tweed-industry-scotland-renaissance[Accessed 19/10/13].

Eric Musgrave (2013) DMs [Online]. Available from: http://www.ericmusgrave.co.uk/index.php/category/blog/page/10/[Accessed 17/10/13].

Wool week campaign Info

1) The Campaign for wool (2013) Wool School Arrives [Online]. Available from: http://www.campaignforwool.org/news-item/wool-school-arrives/[Accessed 17/10/13].

2) Marks and Spencer plc.(2013) Wool week [Online]. Available from:  http://www.marksandspencer.com/Wool-Week-Style-Edit-Home-Womens/b/3543406031?extid=ps_ggl_UK_Gen_NGS_CampaignsWoolWeek_WoolWeek2013&kwid=_Google+Adwords&s_kwcid=AL!2750!3!37383028753!e!!g!!wool%20week&ef_id=Ul68jwAAANm3qagE:20131016161927:s[Accessed 17/10/13].

3) SHETLAND.org (2013) Shetland Wool Week 2013 [Online]. Available from: http://www.shetlandwoolweek.com/[Accessed 17/10/13].

Week 2 Blog Post – Poster of Object : Cloud & Rainbow Shoe

Object Poster C.C.S.Fig.1

5 Keywords to describe my object:

Fluorescent, Flamboyant, Futuristic, Seasonal, Quirky.

Poster Bibliography


THEA CADABRA (1984) Cloud & Rainbow Shoe [Online Image].Available from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/northampton_museum/3969102698/in/set-72157626292750406[Accessed [6/10/13]

Object Designer

SHOP CURIOUS (2010) Thea Cadabra [Online Image].Available from: http://www.shopcurious.com/style-curious/October-2010.aspx [Accessed9/10/13]

80’s Influences on object

Ron Frenz (1984) The Flash [Online Image].Available from: http://dc1980s.blogspot.co.uk/2013_03_01_archive.html [Accessed 10/10/13]

Brian Duffy (1974) David Bowie [Online Image].Available from: http://www.fansshare.com/gallery/photos/11228298/davidbowie/?displaying [Accessed 10/10/13]

Impact Merchandising (2012) David Bowie Logo [Online Image].Available from:http://www.impactmerch.com/store/new/glamlogoknithat.html[Accessed10/10/13]

SKOOLDAYS (2010)80’s Fashion [Online Image].Available from: http://www.skooldays.com/blog/80s-clothes/ [Accessed11/10/13]

HOT IGLOO (2011) Neon shoes 80’s [Online Image].Available from: http://www.thefashionpolice.net/80s-fashion-a-guide.html [Accessed11/10/13]

BBC NEWS (2010) Weather Man [Online Image].Available from:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/school_report/7988356.stm[Accessed10/10/13]

ETSY (2011) Hologram Heels [Online Image].Available from:http://www.etsy.com/listing/67596573/size-65-1980s-neon-hologram-pumps-size-6[Accessed10/10/13]

Marc Greisinger (2013 ) Online Image].Available from: http://zombiegoon.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-first-super-hero.html[Accessed11/10/13]

ASU CHIRANJEEVI (2013) Popeye [Online Image].Available from: http://chirulove.blogspot.co.uk/[Accessed11/10/13]

ANONYMOUS (1980) Flash Gordon [Online Image].Available from: http://scifihorrorfantasy.wordpress.com/2013/07/[Accessed11/10/13]

Modern influences related to Object

LUIS PONS (2005) Metal Rain [Online Image].Available from: http://mocoloco.com/archives/001063.php [Accessed11/10/13]

TELEVISION MAXI (2013) Big Bang Theory Poster [Online Image].Available from: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Bang-Theory-Comic-Bazinga/dp/B008LM1Y0Y [Accessed10/10/13]

DOGO (2013) Pop Art Flats [Online Image].Available fromhttp://eu.fab.com/designer/dogo/?hp=women-shoes&page=1: [Accessed10/10/13]

STUDIO JELLFISH (2009) Pop Art Heels [Online Image].Available from: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Studio-Jellyfish-High-Heels/359641 [Accessed10/10/13]

CBS (2007) Big Bang Theory Screen Shot [Online Image].Available from: http://big-bang-theory.net/the-middle-earth-paradigm/#.Ulkha1C-2uI [Accessed10/10/13]

TOSCA (2013) Comic Art Shoe Vamp [Online Image].Available from: http://top5goodies.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/5-bookish-pairs-of-shoes-on-etsy.html#more [Accessed10/10/13]

Elements of Composition

DECALLAGE (2013) Speech Bubble [Online Image].Available from: http://www.decallage.com.au/shop/products/Speech-Bubble-Chalkboard.html [Accessed10/10/13]

OCAL (2008) Clouds [Online Image].Available from: http://www.clker.com/clipart-25247.html [Accessed10/10/13]

CAKE CHOOSER (2011) Lightning Bolt [Online Image].Available from: http://www.cakechooser.com/318/lightning-bolt-logo-quiz/CAcmV2ZW5nZW9mdGhlaXNsYW5kLmZpbGVzLndvcmRwcmVzcy5jb20vMjAxMS8wOC9tYXhpLWxvZ28tdGRyb3RpLmpwZz93PTMxOCZhbXA7aD0xOTI/ [Accessed10/10/13]

CLIP ART PAL (2013) Sun [Online Image].Available from: http://www.clipartpal.com/clipart_pd/weather/sun_10394.html [Accessed10/10/13]

CLIPARTS101 (2010) Rainbow [Online Image].Available from: http://cliparts101.com/free_clipart/11620/rainbow [Accessed11/10/13]

Chosen Objects Materials, Colours & Stiches

ROWENA.TYPEPAD (2012) Zig Zag Stiches [Online Image].Available from: http://rowena.typepad.com/photos/satinstitch_applique_by_m/ssprep2.html [Accessed12/10/13]

CORBIN-PACIFIC INC (1968) Blue Leather [Online Image].Available fromhttp://www.corbin.com/materials/: [Accessed12/10/13]

DANIELA M. SHUFFLER (2013) Silver Leather [Online Image].Available from: http://www.aestheticoiseau.com/2012/08/metallic-leather-fabric.html [Accessed12/10/13]

ULIKO STUDIO (2010) Metallic Leathers [Online Image].Available from: http://uliko.squarespace.com/material-inspiration/2010/5/27/buttery-soft-metallic-leathers.html[Accessed12/10/13]


1)      TOOR, A. (2011)100 Shoes. New York: Linda Falken.

2)      ENTWISTLE, J. (2000) The Fashioned Theory. Edition 6. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Digital Image:

Fig.1 GEORGIABATTELL (2013). Chosen Object Poster. Digital Image.

Week 1 Blog Post – About Me

Name:                 Georgia Battell

Age:                     18

Course:               Footwear

Favourite Colour:                All things Blue really.

Background:    I’m from Waterford in Southern Ireland. I’ve wanted to study footwear since I can remember.

Influences:      My biggest fashion influences would be the 1950’s era in particular Christian Dior’s collections. My top 3 designer influences I  reckon would be Dior ,KG and Jimmy Choo. However I do love Manolo Blaniks Style of Illustration.

Interests:         I’m a massive Game of Thrones fan not just for the books or tv series but also for the the costume, illustration and set design in the series. I will give practically any type of film or music a go at least once. I’m a frequent reader ,painter and not so frequent  PS3 and online gamer, though I tend to dabble.

Ambitions:        If were talking dreams and “reaching for the stars” (excuse the s club 7 reference) I would love to work for Dior, Jimmy Choo,    KG or Alexander McQueen as they are my idols to an extent. But if they won’t have me then anyone up for my creative  output and if anyone won’t  have me then I’m up for starting up my own label and proving to myself “ Anything is possible if  you just believe.” (Cinderealla Story reference now).

Why I’m Here:   Quite simply to earn my footwear degree, meet a variety of people both slightly crazy And  genius people like me, learn the   tricks of my trade and create memories I will Never  forget  for the rest of my lifetime.


Books of Interest

PALMER ,A (2009) Dior. London V&A Publishing.

BLANIK, M (2010) manolo’s new shoes. London:Thames&Hudson.

Websites of Interest

VINTAGE TRIG (2010) Vintage Trig online vintage fashion [Online]. Available from: http://www.vintagetrig.com/ [Accessed 2/10/13]

VIRTUAL TOURIST.COM INC (1994) Waterford Travel Guide [Online]. Available from: http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Ireland/County_Waterford/Waterford-294022/TravelGuide-Waterford.html [Accessed 2/10/13]

Digital Image:

Fig.1 GEORGIABATTELL (2013). Photo of myself. Digital Image.