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TEEN CULTURE IN THE 1950's-1960's
Transcript of TEEN CULTURE IN THE 1950's-1960's
1950's dresses were rounded, with ballerina length hems and tight waists for a delicate, feminine hourglass look. Necklines became a significant look; many dresses were constructed with jeweled or peter pan collars or jazzed up with low-cut necklines for a feminine touch. Halter sundresses, floral patterns, shirt dresses, cocktail dresses all became popular looks during this decade.
A jukebox is a music-playing device, usually coin-operated it was often used to listen to music at events in the 1950's. The classic jukebox has buttons with letters and numbers on them, when entered in combination it will play a specific selection of your choice. Music is enclosed within the device.
In the1960s, the Rolling Stones became the “bad-boy” band. Their music influenced an image of drugs, and wild behavior. The genre of their music was blues rock, hard rock, and rock and roll.
THE ROLLING STONES
TEEN CULTURE IN THE 1950's-1960's
1950's clothing contributed greatly to modern-day fashion, the boxy structure of 1940's women's fashion came to an end and the soft, rounded "New Look" gained popularity.
With the men back from war, women focused on their suburban role as homemakers, and looked for clothing that was easy to wash and keep neat.
Acrylic, spandex and polyester were introduced during this decade. Sportswear also became popular and people experimented with different looks. Fads like the poodle skirt came and went very quickly.
Teenagers developed their own style for the first time, often dressing more casual then their parents. The baby boom during this era contributed to new, comfortable trends in maternity wear.
Defined waists, vibrant colours and bold statements became the staple look for people living in the 1950's
Women often wore jackets with peplum waistlines to give the figure a rounded appearance and also paired jackets with sleek shirts. Loose printed tops and collared tops were very popular.
Most skirts in this decade were ankle length and full of volume similar to the dresses. The sleek and alluring pencil skirt became very common amongst women of this era. As people became interested in casual sportswear, ankle length pants, pedal pushers and Bermuda shorts came into fashion.
The 1950's was the creation of the Rock'n'Roll genre.
The most iconic music figure of the 50's was Elvis Presley, who was renowned as "The King of Rock'n'Roll "
Some of Elvis' songs that were produced in the 50's include: "Jailhouse Rock", "Don't Be Cruel", "That's All Right", and "Heartbreak Hotel".
Elvis was adored by the young for his handsome looks and fantastic music, and brought Rock'n'Roll music
into many households in the 50's.
His music created a sound and style that had never been heard or seen. He became the first genuine Rock & Roll icon, providing a new generation with a unique sound to call its own.
No rock ‘n roll group had more influence on a generation and the world as The Beatles did. They became widely viewed as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. The main members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
Music, culture, lifestyles, hairstyles, clothing styles and attitudes all changed because of this remarkable band that emerged out of Liverpool England in the early 1960s.
Some of The Beatles songs released in the 1960's include "She Loves You", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "Can't Buy Me Love", and "I Feel Fine."
Their music had several genres ranging from pop rock to country to psychedelic to classical.
From left: Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts.
With the baby boom of the previous decade, Canada became home to an influx of teenagers, and as with every generation of teens, they took great risks with style and adapted new trends.
The modernist look took hold and it became acceptable to wear loose dresses with less figure definition. At the same time, the rebel rocker look took hold during this era, and prints like plaid and paisley became wardrobe standards.
By the 1960s, fashion involved a great deal of experimentation. From Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hats, to Audrey Hepburn’s drainpipe pants, to the British style influence of the Beatles and Twiggy, the 1960s introduced a lot of new trends that have carried over to today.
This was the decade where fashion opened up to more possibilities than ever before
We have the 1950s fashion to thank for the invention of the stilettos. These chic, thin-heeled shoes instantly dress up an outfit, adding an extra dose of glamor. Many women forwent their bulkier shoes from the 30s and 40s and opted for sleek heels instead. Saddle shoes, also known as casual oxfords, also gained popularity during the 1950s, especially among young girls.
Accessorizing in the 1950s was all about matching and looking polished. Handbags became increasingly popular and were often coordinated with shoes and hats. Fashionable eye wear also became trendy for 1950s accessories, including those cute, classic cat-eye glasses!
Hats were still popular during the early 1950s, but they became less important in finishing an outfit by the end of the 50s, partly because exaggerated hairstyles took the stage at the end of the decade. The hats that were popular during this era were delicate berets and smaller caps that didn’t interfere too greatly with a perfectly quaffed ‘do.
While a defined look was still popular in the 1960s and continued to be, the concept of shift dresses, or a short loose fitting frock, came into fashion during this decade. Whether rendered in a solid fabric, a fun print, or sequins, these comfortably cute dresses were inspired by the Modernists.
Bubble sleeves in particular were a distinct characteristic of 1960s clothing and gave blouses a sweet and feminine doll-like appearance a look the Modernists often aimed for. Cropped jackets with boxy silhouettes and oversized buttons also came into trend in the 1960s. These were often paired with sleek skirts and sometimes came in matching jacket and skirt sets, which were popular earlier in the decade. Short jackets like these didn’t need a collar; a lovely tunic neckline was a common design. Polo shirts became a part of everyday 1960s clothing and were no longer reserved for outdoor activities.
Capri pants became an extremely popular option for women, and skinny pants (or “drainpipe pants”) came into fashion after Audrey Hepburn wore them on-screen. By the end of the decade, bell bottoms were in style . Skirts in the 1960s became shorter than ever before. The miniskirt was introduced during this decade and was worn anywhere from just above the knee to five inches up. As with shift dresses, these miniskirts were rendered in a variety of fabrics, everything from tweed to vinyl, and printed skirts became popular too. Culottes, or skorts, also became popular during this time, as they were a way to get the short length of the miniskirt and still keep one’s style modest.
While fun, experimental shoes such as go-go boots and Beatle boots were short-lived trends of the era, other popular 1960s shoes play a staple role. The stiletto that gained popularity in the 50s continued to thrive throughout the 60s
Etta James' style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.
James is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001.
The 50's music was an era of real talent, hard work and little compensation. The musical artists of the 50's were in the industry for the love of music.
This decade is a salute to the foundation of Pop music and Rock & Roll as well as to the icons of Country music. The legendary talent that literally "set the stage" for generations to come.
Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" for which she wrote the lyrics.
The 1960's were a time of upheaval in society, fashion, attitudes and especially music. During the 1960's, a number of social influences changed what popular music was and gave birth to the diversity that we experience with music today.
50s and 60s Activities
Play cards, dice and board games
Sock hop (teen club/dance)
Drive In Movies
During the1960s teenagers had a newly found independence which led to their outrageous behaviors and rebellious sides. As the television and musical artists became more popular their on-screen characters influenced drugs, alcohol and partying on teenagers at this time. This made the teens believe it was acceptable and caused them to create the depiction of what we know the 60s attitudes to be today.
In the 1950s many families were still getting over the tragedies of war. This resulted in teenagers being more family-oriented and peaceful. They had more freedom but didn't take advantage of it. They clinged to traditional family values and the television and music wasn't as influential and hard-core.
Slang in the 1950's-1960's
ain't that a bite? that's too bad
bash: great party
cut the gas: be quiet
cool it: relax
cloud 9: really happy
dibs: a claim
kill: to really impress
night shift: slumber party
pound: beat up
queen: popular girl
slip me: give me
straight: reliable, honest
Then and Now
Back in the 50's and 60's, most families had one car, the dad went to work, and the mom stayed home with the kids. This was the norm back then, families didn't need two incomes to survive. Kids played outside in the summer and when inside they played with board games. They didn't have the advances of technology that we have today. Having said that our lives are easier and much better now.
Today we have..
- several forms of technology
- stronger education systems
- most families have 2 incomes
- more food supply
- more opportunities
- more goods and services available
1. What type of shoe was introduced in the 1950's?
a) GoGo Boot
b) Running Shoe
d) Flip Flop
2. Who was known as "The King of Rock'n'Roll"?
a) The Beatles
b) Chuck Barry
c) Etta James
d) Elvis Presley
3. What activity was most popular in the 50's-60's?
b) Sock Hops
d) Video Games
4. What type of bottoms did Audrey Hepburn wear on-screen for the first time in the 60's?
a) Drain Pipe Pants
b) Bermuda Shorts
c) Capri Pants
d) Skinny Jeans
5. What band was known as the "Bad Boy Band" in the 60's?
a) One Direction
b) Rolling Stones
c) The Beatles
MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS