Clothes of the Seventies, 'Budgie' Jacket

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Description: Named after the tv character played by adam faith (remember the baddie who gave him grief ? - charlie endell.)this was a lads zip up waisted pilot style jacket which had large round ended lapels. this collar was a contrast colour (mine was black with purple lapels)
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Nigel - November 04, 2008 - Report this comment
The 'real' budgie jacket was two tone cotton. Quite light and thin. Mine was light brown with 2 dark brown chevrons that went across the front when it was zipped up. It had side pockets too. The collar was the tulip rounded style. It may have had a dark brown stripe down the sleeves too but I can't remember. In the programme, Faith's jacket looked to be white with blue chevrons?
Katelyn Osborne - November 18, 2008 - Report this comment
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Dave Hemel - December 06, 2008 - Report this comment
Brings back memories , mine was moave and purple AHHHHH!
keith senior - November 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I thought Budgie jackets were made out of suede leather??? I remember dragging my mates around Leeds looking for one. Most of the shops had sold out apart from one that had a 'suedette' which was nice and cheap but looked it. It fell to bits a few years later. Happy days!! (or was that another TV series?)
Brent - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Mine was black and purple and came from Ashton market ,it was ace ,I was only ten and felt really grown up with it on .
Tel - February 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I had a blue and black one and went to my first day of middle school in it - also with a Budgie shirt. Also had the Budgie haircut - even older girls were chatting to me.
Debbie Buck - April 19, 2010 - Report this comment
Dang I wish I had saved all my clothes! I was a teen in the 70's, I'm 50 now. Getting all misty eyed just looking at all this stuff. What great memories!
Dean Garrett - June 19, 2010 - Report this comment
We didn't have the "Budgie" TV show in the US so I didn't have any idea what Brits were talking about when they mentioned Budgie jackets and Budgie hair until recently when someone explained it to me. Am I right in suspecting that the styles called Budgie were already in existence before the show but were just popularized by the show, kind of the way pushed up sleeves and pastels were associated with "Miami Vice" in the US but had been around since the late 70s? Because here in the States, David Cassidy and lots of other early 70s stars dressed in a similar way.
mike - September 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Mine was black and green, got rid after one season
dan - October 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Pressure_Drop - December 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Mine was chocolate brown and black, made out of suede, tulips lapels and patch pockets, quite long length, others were shorter 'bum freezers' with side pockets so your elbows went out at right angles. Teamed up with brown flares with patch pockets on the back and yellow stitching - odd to thing just a year earlier I had a shaved head and wore monkey boots and a Harrington, wonderful fashions, changing every month - god I long for those days.
RonS - April 26, 2011 - Report this comment
As I recall Adam Faiths jacket - as worn by him in his series 'Budgie' was actually by Stirling Cooper (Wigmore Street back then) it was a light canvas (8oz duck) cloth. These jackets had contrasting horizontal stripes across front chest area. They had various colourways - on was black with white stripes..there may have been the inverse. A good dark brown with white stripes (as Nigels) No stripes on arms.. Purple and off white were popular.. Vertical zippered pockets were let into this area - the lapels were dreadful rabbit ear things. I had a neutral with grey-blue stripes. As mike guessed they were called 'Budgie' jackets as a result of the show.. then other non Stirling Cooper jackets of vaguely similar shape took the name.. One or two Stirling Cooper ones in V & A I believe.. They may have been designed by Anthony Price - but not sure about this as I can't see him doing big floppy lapels even back then..
RonS - April 26, 2011 - Report this comment
Follow up. It was definately a Stirling Cooper jacket. Go to YouTube and search for 'Adam Faith recording Budgie at LWT Wembley'. At 2min 23 sec you get a very clear image of it. Off white with grey green stripes.. wish I still had mine.. they also did great 'jeans' in the same cloth..
Judith Watt - August 09, 2012 - Report this comment
The jacket was by Antony Price for Stirling Cooper.
viv - February 09, 2014 - Report this comment
Still have 2 original budgie jackets in the loft. Both burgundy and black. Belong to me and my then boyfriend who has been my husband for 40 years. Happy memories.
Helen M - July 13, 2014 - Report this comment
I LOVED my budgie jacket. My sister and I had one each for Christmas, in the early '70's. Mine was black and white. The black was a thick cotton fabric and the white was mock curly sheepskin. It had a zip up the front and no collar. My sister's was made of red synthetic fur and a stripy stretch fabric around the waist. We felt SO grown up, despite being in our early teens
Herbie H - December 22, 2014 - Report this comment
My Budgie jacket was mint green with chocolate stripes in the front panel.I wore it to death, and used it whilst hitching round europe.The small integral shoulder pads helped with the back pack.I would have bought the matching jeans but they were cut so tight I could hardly get them above the knee!.It was indeed made by Stirling Cooper.I bought it in 'Birdcage' in Nottingham, and blew a large part of my grant for the term on it.It was much loved.
Gill - September 25, 2015 - Report this comment
I'm beginning to think I'm wrong as I remember the chevron stripes and a stripe down each sleeve but friends are talking about a fur collar but this was definitely not what I meant. I have a photo but don't know how to post it.

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