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Changes in Fashion - 1960's

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Rachel Jelwan

on 24 July 2014

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Changes in Fashion - 1960's
Jackie Kennedy
Twiggy
CHANGE in Fashion throughout the 1960's
The 1960's was a time of increased self-expression through fashion. The early 60's saw a more conservative, yet stylish style of dressing for women, who were looking for fashion-forward clothes to wear as they moved out of domestic work and into the work force. For people who followed this trend, the styles of women like Jackie Kennedy and Lesley 'Twiggy' Hornby were extremely popular. The late 60's saw the beginning of the 'hippie' movement. Women wore relaxed, flowing clothes with psychedelic prints that were made of tie-dye fabrics and began to reject the need to look 'made up.' Both of these major fashion trends in the 1960's followed the events that were happening in society such as the Vietnam War which influenced the hippie movement- e.g. Tie-dye shirts printed with the slogan 'Love not War.' The major fashion changes in the 1960's allowed for a variety of trends that let people express themselves through their style and dress. The 60's also marked the change from the lady-like looks of the 1950's to the free-spirited looks of the 70's.
The birth of the Hippies
Along with women's fashion trend of the classy, yet fashionable worker, the other major look of the 1960's was 'the hippie look'. But how did this change the world? Women and Men began to express themselves through their clothing and looks. They began to wear relaxed, colourful and eccentric clothes with confidence. Young people became dissatisfied with mainstream social values and sought an alternate way of life where they embraced values of peace love and freedom, expressed through their rebellious style of dress. Clothes were influenced by non-Western nations such as India, natural fabrics were used and people even made their own clothing. Flowers and peace signs were typical symbols of the movement. It was the birth of self expression through clothing.
Style Icons
The major trend of the early 60's was the Mod (Modern) Fashion trend, which included slim lines, modern shapes and the rise of the hemline. One of the major icons of this fashion trend was the popular Jackie Kennedy- wife of US president JFK. Women everywhere wanted to copy her classy, and fashionable look. Some common elements of her style included:
-Pill box hat
-Suits in pastel colors
-Short boxy-style jackets
-Shift dresses

The former First Lady wasn't the only style icon of the decade, as other fashion forward women did their part to shape the fashion tone that the 60's were known for.

-Twiggy was the most popular fashion model of the era, she was known for her "pixie look", which included shift dresses, ballet flats, cigarette pants and an extremely cropped haircut.
-Audrey Hepburn, the Hollywood screen goddess was also quite the fashion icon, largely due to her role in one of the 60s most popular films, Breakfast at Tiffany's

The 60's
60's inspired trends...
The rising hemlines of the 60's...
How did the 60's fashion trends change society?
The fashion trends of the 1960's helped shape a society which accepted freedom and self-expression through clothing. It’s thanks to 1960s fashion that women are wearing everything from skirts above the knee to knee-high boots and leopard print to printed stockings and clothes. And as unbelievable as it sounds, without the boundary-pushing fashion inventions of the ’60s, today’s woman would be unable to purchase a pair of formal pants. What's most important is that the changes in fashion styles throughout the 1960's still influence the trends of today, allowing for a diverse and free society accepting of self-expression through clothing.
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