by Patrick Lichfield
giclée colour print, June 1969
14 5/8 in. x 12 in. (372 mm x 304 mm) image size
Given by Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield, 2003 in conjunction with the exhibition 'Lichfield: the early years 1962-1982'
Artistback to top
- Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield (1939-2005), Photographer. Artist associated with 60 portraits, Sitter in 30 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 100 Fashion Icons, p. 147 Read entry
Photographed for American Vogue in Chantilly, France, the actress, singer and model Jane Birkin (b.1946) wears a chiffon top and wide crepe pants designed by Ossie Clark (1942–96). Clark's flowing fabrics, printed with his then-wife Celia Birtwell's (b.1941) art deco inspired floral motifs, created a romantic and feminine aesthetic. The society and fashion photographer Patrick Lichfield (1939–2005) was a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Known for his intimate portraits of the royal family, Lichfield was also a chronicler of the 'Swinging Sixties'.
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 243
Events of 1969back to top
Current affairsThe Open University is established, based on the vision of Michael Young. Its aims were to offer the chance to study for higher education qualifications on a part time and distance learning basis, giving people who were unable to attend a traditional university because of family, work commitments or disability the opportunity to achieve university degrees.
Art and scienceThe comedy sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus is first broadcast. The Pythons performed surreal sketches that reinvented the comedy tradition, eschewing punch lines for a stream-of-consciousness structure and incongruous authorial interventions: 'and now for something completely different'.
Kenneth Tynan's Oh! Calcutta amuses and shocks audiences with full nudity on stage, taking advantage of the recent end to censorship laws.
InternationalNeil Armstrong takes 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind' when he becomes the first man on the moon.
Concorde makes its first supersonic flight. The plane was designed, developed and manufactured by a joint treaty between the French and English governments.
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