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1960s fashion with its many trends

Fri, Apr 8th, 2016 @ 2:55:05 PM - 

The 1960s fashion knew many different trends. Also, many fashion traditions were broken in the 60s. Whereas before fashion was dictated by fashion designers of London and Paris, in the 60s common young people determined fashion trends. Carnaby street and Chelsea King’s road became the new fashion centers of so-called swinging London. Around 1960 boutiques as the one by Mary Quant had raised and also many pubs in the neighboring streets.

Early 1960s fashion

Fashion icon of the early 60s was First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who introduced the pillbox hat. Women further wore:
Suits with short boxy jackets and big buttons
Simple geometric dresses called “shifts”
Full skirted evening gowns often with low décolleté and close-fitting waist
Stiletto heels
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Mens wear was bright and colourful and included:
Frills and cravattes
Wide ties (until 5 inch) with crazy prints, stripes and patterns
Trouser traps
Leather boots
Collarless jackets
Plaid button down shirts with comfortable slacks or skirts as casual dress

Mid 1960s fashion

In 1964, Mary Quant introduced the miniskirt. Mostly this was an A-line dress or a sleeveless shift. No longer the younger generation imitated the older one but was inspired by childlike clothing.

In 1964 also, André Courrèges created the “Space Look” with trouser suits, white boots, goggles, and box-shaped dresses with skirts three inches above the knee. Space Look colors were fluorescent and fabrics were shiny as PVC and sequins.

1960s styles also included the fashion of subcultures as Mods and Rockers. Mods and Rockers were two British conflicting youth subcultures out of the 60s. In May 1964, there were jailed after riots in seaside resort towns in Southern England.
The Rocker subculture was centered on motorcycling. Their clothing was mainly protecting as black leather jackets and motorcycle boots. The hairstyle was pompadour and their preferred music genre 1950s rock and roll.
The Mod subculture was centered on fashion and music. Many rode scooters. They wore suits and other clean-cut outfits and preferred 1960s music genre.

Late 1960s fashion

In 1967, the androgynous hippie look came into style. Men and women’s clothing included frayed bell-bottomed jeans, tie-dyed shirts, workshirts, headbands, sandals (or barefoot). Multiculturalism inspired the fashion style with influences from Nepal, India, Bali, Morocco and African countries. Although analogous garments were resembling the era had no real uniform. Fringed buckskin vests, flowing caftans, “lounging” or “hostess” pajamas consisting of tunic top over floor length culottes, usually made of polyester or chiffon. At the close of the decade appeared long maxi coats, eventually belted and lined in sheepskin. In the autumn and winter 1969 animal prints were popular for women. Women’s shirts often had transparent sleeves. This generation knew psychedelic prints, hemp and the Woodstock look.


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