THE GLAMOUR OF THE '70S
A look at what inspired fashion from the era of Rush


The '70s were a time of change - a decade, which, following the '60s, was always destined to be rife with an air of upheaval. To ask somebody to pinpoint flourishes from the decade - that one defining attribute to separate it from the rest - one would be hard pressed to think of anything else to say other than the glamour, the hair and the fashions of the time.

 

With Rush coming out on DVD and Blu-ray this month, now is the time to reflect upon the glamour of the '70s.

 

Fashion icons throughout the '70s ranged from model Jerry Hall, actress Farrah Fawcett - hell, even John Travolta. All of these became icons of the decade, fixing hysteria into place with every new photograph taken of them, or film that was released. Saturday Night Fever stood out as a particular favourite, Travolta's dance-floor and street-striding shenanigans to the backdrop of The Bee Gees embedding itself in popular culture forevermore.

 

The '70s was the decade in which legendary New York City nightclub Studio 54 became the hotspot of the time - with thanks going to Bianca Jagger, wife of Rolling Stones front-man Mick, hosting her 30th birthday party there, quite dramatically arriving upon a white horse.

 

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Hollywood's hottest couple was always going to contain bad boy of the time Jack Nicholson. Dating actress Anjelica Huston from 1973 (right through until 1989), she became a fashion icon of the time, wearing famously glamorous clothes from designer Halston. Other Oscar winners to make a splash throughout the decade include Liza Minnelli (Cabaret) and Faye Dunaway (Network).

 

Model Jerry Hall fronted campaigns from legendary powerhouses Yves Saint Laurent and Revlon, her fame throwing her together with Roxy Music lead singer Bryan Ferry. Utilising the success of each, Hall became a regular fixture in Ferry's music videos - even appearing on one of the band's album covers.

 

One of the most famous faces of the fashion scene came in the form of Marie Helvin, wife and muse of celebrated photographer David Bailey - and television's darling came in the form of Farrah Fawcett, star of Charlie's Angels, which began airing in 1976. Reflecting upon Jenifer Aniston's appearance as Rachel in Friends, it is clear where the character's influence stemmed from.

 

All of these glamorous individuals caused such a storm, so that when Blondie's track Heart of Glass burst onto the scene in 1979, it became clear the decade had one last trick up its sleeve - and so it was, a whole new era was not only introduced to a new musical icon, but someone who would guide them into the changing times of the 80s.

 

 

Rush is released on Blu-ray and DVD from January 27th from StudioCanal.

“The seventies were a time of change - glamour, hair and fashion.”

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