Experiencing Goodwood Revival’s Fashion Fast Lane
Hundreds of gleaming coloured exteriors and chrome bumpers all lined up the September sun, waiting to be admired; a Jaguar D Type, then a Triumph Spitfire next to a classic Mini Cooper. It’s a car enthusiast’s wet dream. It could only mean one thing- the return of Goodwood Revival.
Held at the Goodwood circuit in Sussex, this year’s event was said to have attracted in excess of 140, 000 visitors, from all over the UK and overseas. All keen to step back in time to somewhere between1948-1966; the time of Goodwood’s original operating years as a motor sports venue. It’s pretty safe to say this must be the ultimate festival in cars, music and culture.
But this is not an event reserved just for old boys in logo sweaters and matching peaked caps. The glamorous mix of retro fashion and sweet, sweet steel has attracted a new kind of appreciator. Goodwood Revival’s revellers are fashion thinking and last weekend visitors appeared en masse, donned in some rather exquisite outfits.
Like the latter day F1; fast cars events and fashion have always gone hand in hand. The heat on the tarmac, the air of danger and the crackle of apprehension from the crowds as they watched the globally revered drivers race, makes for an exciting event. This in turn attracts a stylish crowd as much today as it did back in its heyday.
The Goodwood set go to great lengths to achieve that authentic, elegant look. Less Nicole and Lewis, more Mick and Bianca or Veronica Lake and Marlon Brando.
Popular looks include the 1950s. The clothing rationing of the 1940s, then a distant memory produced a flirty look that was heavily influenced by the collections of the Parisian catwalks. Women wore dresses cinched in at the waist, high heels, seamed stockings and fox furs, offset by glamorously waved hair. For the men naval uniforms were prevalent and the more anti- establishment look of the Brylcreemed Teddy Boys and tattooed Rockers was also popular.
The social revolution of the 1960s of course, resulted in some serious fashion inspiration for Goodwood goers. The mini skirt was introduced and sex drugs and rock and roll culture made for some daring experiments. Think Brian Jones esque looks – a striped double breasted blazer or a vibrant suit, in purple and green crushed velvet. Top hats and braces were also fair game, for a rocking John Lennon look that left quite an impression on passersby.
It’s our bet that next year’s event will be more stylish, polished and colourful than ever before… And that’s not just the cars.