I was in high school and college and graduate school for the entire decade of the 1970s and let me tell you, most movies and TV shows of today get it very wrong. Naturally, I’m talking about the fashions/home decor/hair styles/make-up. You know, the stuff I live for.
Sorority Sisters, that wonderful book of mine out June 5 (JUNE 5!) gets it dead right. I lived in the 1970s. I know what we wore and how we wore it and I take the time in the book to set the record straight.
Bras were entirely optional.
Wonder bras? Laughable. No 1970s woman was going to put herself through that. Of course, the late 70s was the era of the perm, so we weren’t all that smart.
Green eyeshadow? Are you insane? If a woman wore blue eyeshadow she was quietly mocked and encouraged to move to the taupe/brown family.
Hairspray? No way. That was for moms.
Patterned fabrics? Patterns were popular. That’s true. Mostly plaids, but flowers and mod prints? That was the late 60s, not the mid 70s. We did wear vests, lots and lots of vests.
Why do I bring all this up? I just saw Dark Shadows with the always amazing Johnny Depp and boy howdy, did they get the costumes/hair/make-up wrong. The movie takes place in 1972 and I suppose, being generous, that they might have gotten some of it right, but not much. And I’m still being generous.
The photos of Charlie’s Angels, that knock-it-out-of-the-park hit of the 1970s proves my point. Their hair, make-up, clothes—that’s what we women of the 1970s looked like. The Dark Shadows version? That’s late 1960s, baby.
Get with the program, Hollywood. I’m available for (paid) consultations if you need help.
What do TV shows and movies get wrong that drives you nuts?