01/16/2013 07:49 am ET Updated Jan 16, 2013

Fashion Shows Used To Be A Raucous Affair (VIDEO)

These days, fashion shows are a pretty tame affair. The editors, buyers and guests file in, chat quietly amongst themselves and check their mobile devices obsessively while waiting for the show to commence. Like clockwork, the show starts 30 minutes after it was scheduled to begin, the audience watches the models walk the runway, applauds the designer as he takes his bow at the end and rushes to exit the venue. Save a celebrity (or 10) in the front row, there's rarely any hullabaloo.

This wasn't always the case, as we see in this charming video from London in 1966. The models skip and dance animatedly on a stage decorated with geometric props while the audience claps along and tap their toes. The crowd and models seem to be really enjoying themselves, and the whole scene is miles away from today's stone-faced editors who hide behind enormous sunglasses. In fact, the show has a light-hearted quality to it that we'd love to see brought back to the catwalk. After all, it is only fashion.

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