The Central Office of Information (COI) was established in April 1946 as a successor to the wartime Ministry of Information. It went on to produce and distribute thousands of films for use across Britain, the Commonwealth and the world. Many famous faces have passed through the portals of the COI including luminaries of the British documentary movement such as Paul Rotha, Humphrey Jennings and Lindsay Anderson and in later years the likes of Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire) and Peter Greenaway (The Draughtsman’s Contract) who spent 15 years there.
This second volume in the COI Collection surveys the subjects of architecture, design and fashion.
Designing Women (1948), Joyce Grenfell takes us through the dos and dont's of home furnishing
Brief City (1952), modernist architecture and design on show at the Festival of Britain
Design for Today (1965), Hugh Hudson's day-in-the-life of British design
Insight: Terence Conran (1981) and Insight: Zandra Rhodes (1981), Peter Greenaway and Michael Nyman team up in an early collaboration
The Pacemakers – BIBA (1970) a look at the work of Barbara Hulanicki
This volume also boasts two newly commissioned scores by electronic pop band Saint Etienne. They give Designed in Britain (1959) and Design for Today (1965) a contemporary musical makeover, whilst still retaining some original features. An accompanying booklet provides authoritative notes, along with Hugh Hudson's recollections of making Design for Today.
Designed in Britain
Design for Today
This Week in Britain 615: National Theatre
The Pacemakers: Basil Spence
Insight: Terence Conran
Sixty Years of Fashion
Miniskirts Make Money
The Pacemakers: Biba
The Country Look
This Week in Britain 750: Men's Fashion's; 24 Horas (24 Hours): Men's Fashions
This Week in Britain 791: The Mary Quant Show
This Week in Britain 1111: Savile Row
Insight: Zandra Rhodes
A Woman's Place: The Image Makers
Fully illustrated booklet including comprehensive contextualising notes and essays from academics and film historians