31 January 2010

Greenwich Village 1969



If you have roughly eleven minutes of your life to spare, I highly recommend checking out this short film. It's one part creepy-whitewashed-mid-century-utopia, one part cotton-industry-propaganda, one part American-history-lesson and a whole lotta awesome.

P.S. The girl that appears at the sidewalk cafe at 3:05 - can I puh-lease have her entire outfit?

5 comments:

Bug said...

Oh I love her outfit and the one on the bike with the cut hat and matching tie - WANT IT! This was a little creepy. Probably the beginnings of changing Greenwich to what it is now.

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Style Artisan said...

That was fascinating and oh, so nostalgic!

This video makes that time seem so romantic and carefree, and yet our society was changing at an unheard of speed. Woodstock, the Vietnam war, desegregation, womens' lib...all of these would change the landscape of our society forever, and wearing cotton was not going to change that fact.

It was amusing to see the Nehru jackets (especially with beads), and smoking as an unspoken representation as the epitome of cool. Neither of those are now considered as cool.

Yet the corduroy cape, the boots, and the fun hats would be completely stylish today.

I guess that is why vintage is so much fun. It allows us to choose the best of design, no matter when it originated, and make it fresh for today.

Thanks for sharing!

reckless daughter said...

incredible photos! thank you for sharing!

Ms. B said...

What a great video! I'm sure the cotton manufacturers had to be on their toes during that time since artificial fibers and fabrics were all the rage!

Sara said...

What a charming video. I can certainly see why the Village became such a coveted place to live. Were they to make a video like this about New York today, they'd likely substitute some Brooklyn neighborhoods as epitomizing that "city casual" vibe. Now the Village is the best place to spot celebrities on their way into their multi-million dollar townhouses!

Style Artisan - great points. There was that one glimpse of "paint peace" on a graffiti-splattered wall, but otherwise very little sense of the tumultuous changes the country was going through. But then again, maybe if you were wearing cotton, nothing could get you down. ;)