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American History 60s project
Transcript of American History 60s project
and Emily Gray Looking Deeper: 1960s What is a "Fad"? Fads and Fashions
of the 1960s A fad is a temporary fashion or manner of conduct that has attained a massive cult-like following from the public.
An example of a fad today would be baseball caps and t-shirts that say "swag" on them or the use of social media to keep in touch with friends.
What were some of the most popular fads of the 1960s?
Let's find out. 1. Toys Although toys have been around for centuries, many new toys sprung up in the 1960s.
Barbie & Ken dolls
Action figures of all sorts Fashions and Icons of the 60s During the 60s, fashion took a dramatic turn.
Long skirts and female dependency transformed into miniskirts and new opportunities.
With these changes followed new societal icons. Pixie cuts Pet Rocks
Please don't ask me why these were popular. Really, I have no idea.
Pictured to the left
is a 'genuine pedigreed Pet Rock'.
But hey, pet rocks are the
'schist'! Mood rings
Small, heat activated, colored rings that boomed in sales during the 60s.
They are still sold today, and most every child in America has had one at least once. Yo-Yos
Originally a Filipino hunting tool, it was turned into a craze during the 1950s and continued in popularity in the 60s.
(Above) A 1960s yoyo, labeled as 'Majestic'.
So. Very. Majestic. Clackers
Very popular in the 60s and 70s, clackers were later banned from being sold due to numerous head and neck injuries.
Like most toy flops, "It was
a good idea at the time." From this This Dresses & Skirts Barbie & Ken dolls
Originally named after Barbie and Ken Mattel, these dolls skyrocketed in sales and have stayed at the position of top selling doll on the market for the last 40 years.
Barbie has since
grown to accommodate her 'friends' and become the awful 'perfect' body image we know and loathe today. Miniskirts They were called miniskirts at the time, but this length would probably be considered "long" for today's standards; it's just about at the knee... I'm funny I promise ON A SEMI-RELATED TOPIC The creation of the ACTION FIGURE The original miniskirt's origins have been disputed, but we'll give the credit to Mary Quant, a British fashion designer. If anyone here has ever heard and/or uttered the phrase, "It's not a doll, It's an action figure!" Then you know how most of the young boys in the 1960s felt.
Barbie was made in the early 1960s and was a smash hit. Mattel figured since they were only hitting half of the child population, they might as well make 'dolls' for boys.
Mattel made "G.I. Joe" the first action figure. It bombed at first, but boomed in sales during the war in Vietnam.
Other popular toys were original "Star Wars" figurines and He-Man toys. Paper Dresses Yep, they're made out of paper. Consumerism was high at this point, and with disposable income came disposable possessions.
But I'm not sure how comfortable these would be... (Twiggy is the bomb dot com) The 60s opened up a time of societal rebellion, and so miniskirts became widely popular. Shoes and Coats and White Go-Go Boots These white (and sometimes colored otherwise) shoes grew in popularity after their creation in the mid 1960s. When skirts were longer, shoes were designed to compromise with the length, and wouldn't usually pass the ankle; the rest of the shoe wouldn't have been seen. Boots were previously worn solely for snow or horseback riding, never for on the street. BUT THEN designed this new boot, and produced the song "These Boots are Made for Walking" which seriously upped the hype. Go-Go boots were something for on the street, and were taller because skirts were shorter. André Courrèges Nancy Sinatra whatastud Bibliography Modcloth http://www.modcloth.com Google Images http://images.google.com (of course) Tumblr! (this page was the bomb diggity, it shouldn't matter that it's tumblr) http://fuckyeah60sfashion.tumblr.com ** **sorry for the language, that's the name of the URL Men's Fashion yes, men have fashion, believe it or not The Leisure Suit Although the height of its popularity happened to be in the 70s, the leisure suit was still rather popular in the 60s. The east and west coasts were affected before the middle of the country, like how it is today.
Don't be fooled by its looks, this suit happens to be made out of polyester, not some fancy material. PAUL MCCARTNEY!!! Tops and Hats into... Turtlenecks I really can't give an explanation as to why turtlenecks were so popular in the 60s... Or how culture influenced this... But turtlenecks. Peter Pan Collars Hairstyles Makeup Beehive cuts Cat Eye Eyeliner And all of this was affected somewhere by The Vietnam War And even later led to... Woodstock If anyone has seen the movie Doubting Thomas, the teacher had one of these cuts... though in her case, it was just a wig. Otherwise, many females in Hairspray sported this popular style. Hair either was long or short (this applies to males as well). Beehive cuts were technically long (it took a lot of hair to do that, real or otherwise) and pixie cuts were obviously on the short end. In this instance, Twiggy displays the very mod pixie cut. Cat eye eyelining (or "winged" eyeliner today) was also another exhibition of rebellion. The idea of felines in sensual terms... well... it speaks for itself. The fantastic Emma Watson is also in possession of a pixie cut, as well as Anne Hathaway. It seems like Peter Pan Collars would've been a 50s thing, as they look prim and proper, not edgy. This picture shows a Peter Pan collar in a fashionable light for the 60s. Short skirts and boldly contrasting colors. Although in this instance, the collar is on a dress, they also appeared on multitudes of tops in general. This again brings up the famous Twiggy. It goes without saying she was the image of modern. With her short hair, fashionable clothes, and "twiggy" composition, this spunky and bold young lady appeared on more than a few magazine covers. She was a 60s counterrevolution idol. From 1959 to 1975, people wanted peace. Some did nothing, but some did protest in often interesting ways. Some ways impacted fashion. Bell-bottoms, headbands, shaggy hair, and ragged jeans were an essential part of the counter-cultural hippie look. And also...
Flower Power Wikipedia http://wikipedia.org (I gave in and used Wikipedia, but they had sources.) http://www.crazyfads.com/60s.htm Crazy Fads (yes, it's the first result on Google after searching "60s fads") That huge "three days of peace" music event during August of 1969. But that's in music, not fashion. Though the people there really did show the fashion of the hippie. Saddle Shoes Now, not all shoes were tall. Some were short like these, and I do admit, I love these shoes. Recently, they've been making a comeback. This particular pair was from 1961 specifically. Fur Coats Would ya look at that! More things to spend more disposable income on! Francoise Hardy was also another fashionable and famous young lady from the 60s. In this photo, she exhibits two popular pieces: a fur coat and a mini-dress. Pillbox Hats The People History http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/60sshoesandhats.html Now here's a fur coat AND a pillbox hat in the same place. Natalie Wood was yet another retro young lady of the 60s (there are way too many of these women). in the middle Tattered Army Clothes In protest of the Vietnam War, many rebellious young men acquired army uniforms, and defaced or altered them in some way or another. This didn't really achieve anything, but it was intended to make a statement. This isn't exactly what I was looking for, but it kinda works. So I guess this might make a... statement... of some sort. I really just don't know what to think of it... Music & Dance (a Summary) 60s music was characterized by the psychedelic movement, along with the British invasion. Rock 'n Roll was increasingly popular in America and around the world.
Dancing only changed slightly from the 50s, and instead of classic hopping and bopping (or whatever you want to call it) dance became more 'free' so to speak, with more fluid motions and people really "getting into" the music. Fads into Fashion Although the toys may not really contribute to any sort of societal change, the fashion of the 1960s did.
Many of the fads of the 1960s became very popular fashion trends.