Every August Bank Holiday weekend in Brighton, thousands of parka wearing, scooter riding men & women come to town for Modculture. For those too young to remember, the Mods & Rockers of the 60's used to meet up (and sometimes fight) here on the South Coast: the former on scooters & the latter on motor bikes. (If you want to know more about that era a great movie to watch is Quadrophenia).
Nowadays, it's just a great excuse for Mods, of all ages, to party to swinging 60's music, show off their Lambrettas & Vespas, and get back into 60's fashion. The Bikers have different weekends to show off their vroom vroom machines and I may get to one of their meet ups one of these days as I also own a leather biker jacket,. Any excuse to dress up!
I have always loved Mod fashion: (fashion-wise, way back then, you were either a Mod or a Rocker): Mary Quant for her sharp hair cut & mini-dresses in the 60s, and Oasis for their Parkas and mod look in the 90's. So I didn't need an excuse to get into the only 60's dress I own adding huge earrings and my favourite retro sunglasses to complete the look.
I appear to be becoming a bit of a petrol head in my old age! Just loved the scooters, the lights, the chrome and my little jaunt back to the 60's. I think I would quite like a boyfriend with a scooter and lots of chrome!
I took my newly acquired Olympus PEN 5 camera to capture most of these shots. It was nearly an absolute joy to use (the 7 is more user-friendly) as it's light & small and really great for getting shots of the very friendly Mods I met on a grey and not so sunny Sunday afternoon. They're really rockin' the Mod look.
I had a great time and will make sure to go for much longer next year. I hope you enjoyed my share of nostalgia and please let me know if you like Mod fashion and if you have any 60's outfits hidden away that you dig out for the odd party or event!