WATCH World of Kays 1970s Video animation by Matt Norris, student at University of Worcester.
You wore this jade mac in seventy-three
Paisley was in but taste was out
Skirts got shorter, pants got hotter
and cords were as popular as flares
Cleaning in tabards and warm quilted housecoats
Flannelette sheets heated up power-cut nights
Cushion floor tiles all open-plan stairs
Saggy stockinged roll-ons, grape cape coats
Candlewick bedspreads sacked old eiderdowns
Cats sucked on dye and left hard white lumps
Next to honeymoon pyjamas
Carmen rollers, Ronson hair dryers
A bag for your head with corrugated tube
A plugged in attachment dried out your poodle
Great for airing out dramas!
Sister second-hand Rose in white cardy repose
Sugar watered petticoats that stiffened in the breeze
Dusters and chiffons
for softer details
Wax polish lino, spray vinyl pouffes
Foam back wall-to-walls, get it all from Kays’
Ercol, Parker Knoll, nice but pricey
Better wait for the sales
Droopy gringo moustaches, flat caps and bags
Baseball sweaters, platform sole shoes
carrying aloft those Glam Rock perms
with extended real hair tresses
Wedge heels, knee boots
Soapstar Pat’s crimplene was something to behold
The country went decimal
You had a thing for blue and white polka dot dresses
Pop star look-alikes, Hi-fi and separates
A chunky crock service
Food slicing devices sent you all Pyrex and plastic
Dinner party dresses, frilled shirts and bows
Kipper tie brown Windsors and penny round shirts
Spirograph pictures, lava lamp blobs?
Poem written by Brendan Hawthorne, 2011.
Based on reminiscences and responses from members of Worcestershire Association of Carers support groups.
Film of a 1970s fashion show produced by Second Hand Rose for our Heritage Open Day event at the Commandery, Worcester, on 10 September 2011