March 31, 2015


Fashion Spotlight: Edward Mann. From the V&A Museum, "Edward Mann was a London based millinery brand which produced high fashion hats. The company label featured the phrase 'Edward Mann- Always making Fashion' and included a line drawing of a little face under a flat diamond shaped hat. Edward Mann designed the hats for iconic 1960s television character Emma Peel of The Avengers played by Diana Rigg." In the first image below, Edward Mann's Spring Collection included a vinyl helmet with perspex earphone, entitled "Sea Diver", and a racing cap with sun visor called "Seaspray". It's interesting that such natural titles would have been chosen for such Space-Age inspired creations. Then again, "Seaspray" is a much more welcoming name than "Harmful Radiation". In the second image, Mann's collection of Cops and Robbers-inspired outfits are presented by three models. As we've seen in examples like the Harry Palmer films, Get Smart, and others, the trench coat really hung on as a wider symbol for spies and private eyes. I don't tend to associate the fashion with robbers or gangsters, do you? The hats may harken back to crime movies, but those Mod sunglasses scream secret agent to me. If the designer's intention was to capture a 1930s gangster vibe, the outfits in the third image finally hit the target! One of my favorites is the Space Helmet by Mann, photographed by John French in 1965. Perhaps the most familiar design from Edward Mann was the pair of "Capsule Line felt Helmets with Dots and Moons" modeled by Pattie Boyd and Celia Hammond, also photographed by French in 1965 (sometimes credited to Cardin on-line). See more at Spy Vibe's posts Mods to Moon Girls and Pattie Boyd. Enjoy!

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