Fashion Influence in the 1960's


Why not start with my most beloved period of fashion: The 1960’s – more refined to the mid to late 60’s.

60s Dior

To understand the fashion of the 60's you have to know its major influences. Fashion is a response to the events and movements of the time.

Just a quick note: I feel it’s important to break down the decade into 3 main blocks.

Early, Mid and late.

Often with trends the early part of the decade backdates to the one before e.g. in the 1950’s the dominant silhouettes and styles filter through the early 60's. So the looks we identify with a certain era quite often begin in the mid to late part of the era.

So keep in mind when I talk about this decade I’ll mostly refer to the mid and later time period.

I wear a lot of 60's dresses and really get a kick out of the fashion ideas and artistic patterns that have come out of this era particularly in counter culture.

To the mainstream nowadays a lot of these looks or outfits may seem ridiculous and over the top but once you learn why people wore this you’re outlook may change to an appreciation for the odd.

The 1960’s were a time of bold colours, loud psychedelic patterns, child-like looks and nostalgic references. Why?

60's Pucci

The progressive notion from the 50’s of youth in revolt emerged in full force.

This is the era of a major generational gap.

In the early 1960’s a lot of scary things were happening that the younger generation blamed their parents generation for: War, political unrest and racism.

They strived to separate themselves from ‘scary’ adulthood and moved towards an ideal style of fun and playful escapism.

The fashionable generation of the 60's wanted to look different from their parents and although a lot of them were in-fact adults they wanted to appear far from it.

The mid 60’s look revolved around looking childlike and playful. Towards the end of the decade fashion then evolved to a more artistic approach. The late 60's saw the child like ideal and fun flowery patterns elongate into undulating spirals of a dreamlike acid trip. Fashion became a protest to the sadness in the world. The hippie movement aided it but the music scene set it up to progress.

Fashion is a response to what happened through these times.