The Swinging Sixties, as it became know, is synonymous with an explosion of creativity in fashion and music and art, that put Britain on the map as the innovative capital of the world!
The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Hermans Hermit, David Bowie.
Pop Art, Op Art, Peter Blake, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Andy Warhol.
Hair….the lacquered beehive…..Vidal Sassoon, the five point bob.
Make-up….eyeliner, false eyelashes, pale lipstick, pale nail varnish.
Over the decade, various styles emerged, and it is possible to find plenty of 60s vintage clothing in good wearable condition.
Space Age and Futuristic, with clothes made from plastic, metal or paper and new fabrics. Lots of white and silver. Helmets, short boots, geometric structure and keyholes, geometric prints.
André Courrège, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne
The Mini Skirt
Courrège showed above the knee short skirts in the early 60s, however the term Mini skirt is accredited to Mary Quant, who, in the mid sixties, introduced skirts 6/7 inches above the knee. Mary Quant also designed groovy capes, mini skirts, dresses and bags using Welsh tapestry doublecloth in vivid 60s colour combinations.
Jean Varon, Mary Quant, John Bates, André Courrège.
The brainchild of designer Barbara Hulanicki, Biba started as a small store in Kensington in 1964, later, in the 70s, moving in to the old Derry and Toms department store in Kensington High St. Biba was a complete look, a distinct style, based on both Biba clothing and Biba make-up. Biba was a “dolly girl” look, big eyed and young.
Flower Power, The Summer of Love.
1967 is known as The Summer of Love, and marks a summer when over 75,000 hippies gathered in Haight Ashbury, San Francisco. 1969 was the year of the Woodstock festival. The late 1960s is associated with hippie fashion and inspired by American music.
Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Monkees, The Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Mamas & Papas.
Sandra Rhodes, Celia Birtwell, Ozzy Clark,
Models, Muses & Icons
Twiggy, Penelope Tree, Patti Boyd, Jean Shrimpton, Peggy Moffit, Grace Coddington, Cathy McGowan, Jackie Kennedy, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Mia Farrow, Nancy Sinatra, Sandy Shaw, Twinkle.
Fingertip length mini dress, mini skirt, skinny rib sweater, ankle or knee high boots, baker boy hat, 3/4 length jacket, the headscarf, sack dress, smock dress, hot pants, palazzo pants, long floaty dress, headband. Welsh tapestry capes, skirts and handbags, the Afghan coat, a bibbity bobbity hat, satin loons.
crimplene, Tricel, polyester, permapleats, courtelle, acrylic, nylon.