Fashion and Legacy: Panel Discussion with Jeanne Rose, Helene Robertson, and Paula Douglas
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Helene Robertson. Photo by Lloyd Johnson.
From 1966-1971, Jeanne Rose was a couturier for various Rock and Roll bands, designing clothes for members of Big Brother & The Holding Company, Charles Lloyd Band (Keith Jarrett, Jack deJohnnette, Ron McClure, Charles Lloyd), Cold Blood Band (Larry Field, Danny Hull), Country Joe & the Fish (Barry Melton and others), Donovan, ElvinBishop, Everly Brothers, Flamin' Groovies, Fourth Way, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane (Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casidy, Grace Slick), Paul Butterfield Band,Quicksilver Messenger Service, Steve Miller Band (Tim Davis), Young Rascals and many others including band managers, groupies, roadies and even hangers-on.Jeanne Rose is an herbalist/aromatherapist who changed the practice of American herbalism.
In 1961, Hawaii born, Helene “Helie” Robertson and her mother, Marie, founded Anastasia's, a popular Bay Area fashion boutique on the waterfront in Sausalito where she adopted a laid-back atmosphere encouraging experimentation and a hip attitude. Later, a second store was opened in the financial district of San Francisco. Eventually, she teamed up with an L.A. manufacturer and her designs were sold across the country, but in the Bay Area, exclusively in her 2 shops. Known for her original handmade designs that blended hippie and mod influences, Helie's creations gained international fame in the rock scene and became a favorite amongst well-known performers of the time making her one of the most influential style makers of the 1960's.
Paula Douglas's (Gretchen Fetchen) career started on her Grandmother’s treadle sewing machine at age three, then progressed to joining 4-H sewing classes where in high school she enrolled in independent study, designed and stitched her own prom dress, and won Grand Champion at the Oregon State Fair. She studied Art at the University of Oregon before joining the Merry Pranksters and traveling the country exploring new art forms and expressions during the 1960’s. She started her first costume business in 1965, making costumes for San Francisco friends and clients. Later, returning to the University of Oregon, she obtained a BFA in Fibers and Costume Design, then was hired by the San Francisco Opera as a color specialist in their costume department. On her return to Oregon, she worked in theater, rock concerts, art fairs, art camps, created her own fashion business, and taught in the National Endowment for the Arts program for seven years. Currently, inspired by a variety of techniques, she designs projects using repurposed fabric to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Her latest creative project has been writing a memoir, detailing her personal experiences of exploring art and culture during the 1960 counter-culture revolution.
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