I feel like I’m cheating on Nina Proudman a little but I’ve fallen hard for Channel 9’s Love Child.
Love Child is an Australian drama set in the 1960s. It centres around a girls’ home in Kings Cross. A place where young unwed mothers were sent by their parents to have their baby in secret, so they could then supposedly return home to their “normal” life and make like the previous nine months didn’t happen.
The babies? They were adopted out to new families.
I want to acknowledge that a lot of Australian women and their families are still affected by the draconian laws and societal expectations of that time.
After posting on my Facebook page last week, it broke my heart that even in the small SY community, so many were hurt in such a way.
To them I say sorry.
As a young journalist I remember interviewing birth mothers and adopted now-adults when the Queensland laws finally changed in the early ’90s, allowing those involved in the adoption process to make contact. So much unnecessary sadness.
For me, Love Child does an admirable job in bringing this period to light – the music, the fashion, the magnitude of current events at the time and the revolution of change starting to filter through – but I understand that for many the underlying themes would be too difficult to watch.
This post is not in any way meant to trivialise the feelings of anyone affected by these God-awful practices.
Instead it’s about my soft-spot for the style of ’60s and ’70s, being a child of the era and all that. And how a superb Australian cast (I got the chance to see Jessica Marais act on stage last weekend in Cosi – I love how she’s evolved since Packed to the Rafters) brings new life to that style.
The shift dresses, long boots, big hair and smokey eyes just scream glamour to me. And each of those style element can still have a place in a 2014 wardrobe.
The Joan look
Joan is just off the plane from London and has brought with her a London mod sense of style. Get the essence of this style with a longer dress by all means but keep it to just at the top of the knee if teaming with knee-high boots.
Oh, and I’ve dropped the turtle neckline too. No need for those on anybody except The Wiggles.
The Shirley look
Shirley is older than the other girls and her style still has a strong 1950s influence, with cinched waists (even though she’s pregnant) and closed-toe pumps for shoes.
Here hair and makeup have moved with the times – the wide fringe and strong-winged liner on the eyes – very much reminiscent of the times.
Shirley brings a brassy, sassiness in her style to the group and I love that reflected in the clothes she wears.
The Patricia look
Patricia’s style is young and preppy, reflecting her upper class Melbourne background. There’s a hint of mod but it’s a restrained version.
The pleated skirt pictured may not be a style that’s around so much today but Google skater skirt if you please and see how big this similar style is right now.
I’ve not yet seen Harriet without a headband – definitely part of her signature look but also a nod to their popularity at the time.
So tell me … do you watch Love Child? Love the fashions featured? Which character’s style can you most relate to?