1960's a decade important to fashion... When
thinking about the history of fashion, it is certainly important to
remember the 60's. The world was full of hippies, yippies, and
also a hand full of fashion icons.
The world of fashion was introduced to several new styles and
fashionable concepts. The decade started as if it would be another
classic, but quickly went down an interesting road as the
hippie clothing hit the
: The 1960s featured a number of diverse trends.
It was a decade that broke many fashion traditions, mirroring social
movements during the period. In the middle of the decade, culottes,
box-shaped PVC dresses and go-go boots were in style. The widely popular
bikini came into fashion in 1963 after being featured in the musical
Beach Party. In
the early to mid 60's,
trousers were a new
alternative. By 1969,
the androgynous hippie look was in style. Both sexes wore frayed
bell-bottomed jeans, tie-dyed shirts, workshirts, and headbands. Wearing
was also part of the hippie look for both sexes. Women would often go
barefoot, and some even opted to go braless.
1960's Women's Fashion.
1960's Men's Fashion.
In the 1960's their was plenty of tie-dye apparel.
The 1960's fashion page would not be complete without including an
image of the great, John Lennon. Here is an illustration of
fashion worn by an icon of several decades.
This photo of John Lennon was taken as John rehearses "Give Peace A
Chance". The image was taken by Roy Kerwood.
Well, in this image John is in his pajamas. Not very
fashionable. However, it shows the relaxed mood of the 1960's
and how the mood effected fashion of the era.
We should all "Give
Peace A Chance".
The 1960s was probably the first decade to see
men's fashion really diverted from its classic roots. The suit and
tie was no longer the staple garments of choice. Men's fashion in
the 60's opened the door for many new fashionable freedoms for men.
For women, the early 60's was similar to the 50's. However, as the
decade moved on conservative clothing was going out the window.
Women's fashion in the 1960's had taken on a sense of experimentation
and risk taking. One of the largest impacts on 1960's fashion for
women, was the introduction of the mini skirt.
From tie-dyes and bell bottoms, to
mini skirts, a
major influence on today's styles is 60's fashion. The 60s are known as
one of the most fashion conscious times in history. Styles that began in
the 1960s are still seen in the fashions of today.
A subgroup of the 1960 culture was the hippies.
This group rebelled against the war, promoted peace, love, and made a
huge fashion statement. They opted for fashions that were natural and
comfortable. Seen in tie-dyes, free-flowing skirts and beads, the
hippies' psychedelic style was as unique as their personalities. They
often wore flowers in their hair and painted their face or bodies with
peace symbols or other meaningful designs.
By the way, women's fashion in the 60's was
contained the introduction of the seamless pantyhose. Pantyhose
helped avoid seeing the tops of stockings when wearing mini skirts (also
introduced as part of 1960's women's fashion).
In addition to the new found freedom of mini
skirts, tie-dye t-shirts, bell bottom jeans, the 1960's was also an
important era for classic fashion. The reason being, the fashion
Learn about another era in fashion:
1550-1600 Fashion History
1600-1650 Fashion History
1750-1795 Fashion History
1830's-1840's Fashion History
1860's Fashion History
1870's Fashion History
1890's Fashion History
1970's Fashion History
1990's Fashion History
You may also want to read our article on
Time Line of Fashion From the Victorian Era Through the 1950's
You may also want to read about
40 Years of Fashion.
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