amy merrickliving in

living in: blow-up

by amym

Blow-Up is an undeniable hit with the boys, but its swinging sixties mod style gets a double thumbs up from me, too. Between snapping shots of gorgeous girls, a fashion photographer accidentally captures evidence of a murder on film. His studio is a study of London’s 1960s hipster revolution and, unsurprisingly, remains a favorite with the cool kids even today. — Amy Merrick

1. Wooden Tripod Lamp, $2250; 2. Vintage Nikon F3, $389; 3. Steven Alan Chambray Shirt, $99; 4. Safety Razor, $95; 5. Leather Camera Strap, $128; 6. Ilford Black and White Film, $5; 7. Vintage Swivel Back Chair, $1295; 8. ASOS Chelsea Boot, $80; 9. Alessi Cocktail Shaker, $116; 10. Baroque Bust, $21

The second roundup and set of stills continue after the jump . . .

The movie’s photographer, played by David Hemmings, perfected arty interior minimalism: a single big sofa and some interesting lighting; a couple smoky glasses and a framed print; a big vaulted ceiling and not much else. For a girl whose every closet and shelf is crammed with clutter, a sleek studio filled with the likes of Jane Birkin and Vanessa Redgrave sounds a whole lot cooler.

1. Moto White Jeans, $60; 2. Caran D’ache White Ballpoint, $18; 3. Postalco Notebook, $19; 4. Kamaro Silver Lamp, $1055; 5. Salt Rock Candle Holder, $8; 6. Magnifier Glass, $4; 7. Simpatico Sofa, $3391; 8. Leather Camera Bag, $240; 9. Vintage Smoke Glass Pitcher Set, $75

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  • You can find almost the same tripod lamp except smaller at target for like $30. Just fyi. And I love the silver spotlight lamp, just wish it was cheaper.

  • I’m not sure how I missed this movie, but it looks really cool! I may have to rent it! Thanks for sharing!! It reminds me of another great vintage fashion flick, Mahogany! One of my all time style faves!

  • Not to many people know of this movie. The cinematography is so amazing. Every single shot can stand alone as a piece of art. Love it!

  • I love, love, love this movie — it’s definitely been a favorite of mine since I was about 16, back when I always dreamed about living the mod life in 1960s London. Although that didn’t exactly pan out as planned, I did end up with a husband that looks like David Hemmings in this film!

  • I haven’t seen this movie before, but I am definitely inspired to now. I usually lean towards more feminine colors and patterns, but there is something very appealing to this style of decor. Thanks for sharing!

  • This movie truly turned me around when I first saw it, and again when I rented it years later. Besides the fact that it changed up my assumptions about how much we understand what is going on around us, it had David Hemming’s incredible eyes. I loved the really extreme fashions, but I always thought most often about the pop-art dresses the two teenagers wore when they wandered into his studio-and their candy colored shoes!

  • This movie is an exercise in the use of colour (or lack of), and sound without speaking to evoke incredible mood. One of my all-time favourites! Even in the early 1990’s growing up, there was only 1 video store that actually carried this movie on VHS, and I rented it regularly. :o)

    And yes, I echo what Amy said: David Hemmings’ incredible eyes…..ooohhh….

    Great selection, thank you!


  • Love your blog and this movie, but you’re a bit ahead of yourself with the F3. They didn’t come out until the 80’s. A Nikon F was the star of that show…

  • Did a final thesis on this film for a class at uni and got an A+++ on it so this gives me fond memories. Love it so much. White jeans are the big thing this upcoming season btw :) and past season, Prada had dresses that reminded me of this film and this season I see all the shops with stuff that do. My friend sells vintage spotlights lamps on tripods but they are not cheap and we cannot sell on here so I won’t name names. But they can be found for less and not made in China.

    The studio this guy has is really wonderful. Thanks so much for doing this. I love this film.

  • great roundup! fun AND informative – I’ve been scouring the web high and low for a pair of brown ankle high boots for less than $100 – how I missed Asos I dont know, but just ordered them after seeing them here – exactly what I was looking for! :) This looks like a gorgeous film that I now have to add to Netflix…

  • If you haven’t seen the movie, watch for the great scene in the nightclub. The Yardbirds are playing (featuring a very young and very cute Jimmy Page) but no one in the audience dances or even moves. It’s such an odd scene but such a fabulous movie. The clothes alone make me swoon.

  • this was such an inspiring movie to watch. I loved every aspect of it and I was completely absorbed by the styling and the photo concepts. It’s nice to meet people who share my passions. Your blog is so versatile and engaging!
    hope you’ll like my blog as well, although it’s less experienced and complex. I hope to improve my work more and more though. all the best



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