A Sign of Times 1960’s

Posted by Anna Espindola on

TV shows like Mad  Men made 1960s fashion popular . Most mainstream fashions today are also heavily inspired by the 1960s.  Knee length swing dresses, shift dresses, mod colorblock dresses, wiggle dresses, mini skirts, crop pants and flare jeans are back in style for women. 

For men, it is skinny suits and ties, stingy brim hats and monk strap shoes that create the hipster look.

Here is a cool video on the 60’s:

And here goes a small summary:

 

1960’S

OVERALL MOOD

“Youth Quake”
The loss of innocence
Time of action, violence, protest, rebellion, drug experimentation and counterculture
New sexual freedom, divorce, dramatic social change

POLITICAL & HISTORICAL EVENTS

Civil Rights movement

Women’s Lib Movement

Vietnam war and the Antiwar Movement Kennedy elected and later assassinated The Beatles tour the US

ECONOMY

Booming

Influenced by teenagers (50% of the population was under 25)

Big business expansion

Rise of shopping centers

TECHNOLOGY

Space exploration

Stretch fabrics, new knitting methods

TV in every home

 

LIFESTYLE & SOCIAL VALUES

The “Generation Gap”

Anti-establishment attitudes

Identity seeking, self-expression

Peacock revolution (men wearing flowers, pink, bell bottoms, long hair)

Designers could no longer dictate fashion

MASS MEDIA & THE ARTS

The British Wave: The Beatles, Twiggy, Mod, Mary Quant, Carnaby Street

Rock music

Woodstock

INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

Jackie Kennedy Bridget Bardot Twiggy

The Beatles

KEY DESIGNERS

Courrèges

Pierre Cardin

Emilio Pucci

Mary Quant

RESULTING FASHION TRENDS

EARLY 60’s: Lady-like looks Pencil skirts

Straight silhouettes

Gloves

Pillbox hat

 

MID 60’s:

Experimental, Mod, Futuristic Vinyl, synthetics, wet-look Shift and trapeze dresses Miniskirts

Bell sleeves

Geometric patterns LATE

60’s:

Hippie, Bohemian, ethnic inspired street fashions

Bell bottom jeans

Wild use of color and pattern (Flower Power, Tie Dye) Faux fur

Men: turtlenecks, Nehru jackets, bold print shirts

 

Thanks for reading; I hope you are enjoying this series. Next week I will talk about Fashion in the 70’s

Thanks,

Anna

 


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