The fashion of Sixty-eight

The fashion of Sixty-eight

Fashion Sixty-eight

Sixty-eight, a time of revolution and visionary glances on the future, even with regards to fashion. And yet, unlike many utopian ideals born in that period, the style born in this period will go far and will be projected in the times to come, not without letting out a hint of nostalgia for those magical years.

From the miniskirt to the hippy style, from the fringes to the metal look: many of the trends that for years have been the most popular on catwalks around the world were born in the period around 1968.
Rock stars and cinema icons dictate the laws of fashion, while young people who invade the streets in those years interpret them according to their personal taste. These are the real trendsetters of the time: since then designers will have to be inspired by streetstyle for their new collections.

Hippie look
Long hair and skirts, jeans and floral shirts: the style of the (counter) hippie culture was very varied and was interpreted by the individual according to the whim of the moment.
Rejecting the establishment of the fashion industry, the hippies at the end of the Sixties became the true trendsetters by imposing their own canons, in turn influenced and contaminated by the world of rock, cinema, and the discovery of cultures from distant countries, which then they began to become the destination of frequent trips.

The "A" shape of the skirts is one of the musts of the classic style in the Sixties. The geometric shapes are among the characteristics of the cut of the clothes of the French designer André Courrèges, who contends with Mary Quant of the invention of the miniskirt. This form was launched in the Fifties by Christian Dior and revisited until today by various designers: one of all, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.

Linked to the imagination of the population of the Red Indians, they were adopted in the clothing of the followers of the 1960s counterculture as a sign of sympathy for the cause of the oppressed people of the Native Americans. This element became popular especially thanks to the "Easy Rider" movie of 1969.

In 1965, when she appeared for the first time in the André Courrèges collection, she was greeted by the astonished silence of the audience in the room, although it didn't take long for many women to enthusiastically adopt this new garment, which will become a favorite in their wardrobe. Almost simultaneously, in London, Mary Quant launched her mini model, more tight-fitting than the French version. Both matched the mini to white boots and geometric designs.
The mini was definitively consecrated by the actress Brigitte Bardot and the model Twiggy, uncontested icons of that period. >> read on

The more or less geometric motifs inspired by psychedelia were the most popular in times when many sought alternative experiences of perception, research that was reflected in fashion and the visual arts.

Elephant flared trousers
Their shape has ancient origins and was characteristic of sailor uniforms, which needed to roll their trousers on their knees when they swept the bridge, or to protect the boots from the weather.
The young people of the sixties who refused fashion brands used clothing purchases from the used, military and other markets: that is how flared trousers became popular, until they were identified among the symbols of the seventies.

Space look
We are at the time of "2001 A Space Odyssey", "Barbarella" and the Apollo moon landing. Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin were the pioneers of spatial style: Rabanne's futuristic metal clothes, made with hooks, eyelets and pliers instead of needle and thread, they dressed the 007 heroines of those years. The metal and plastic plates wanted to witness a new and unattainable femininity.

Full color lines
Technicolor stripes: an element of break against the preconceived and bon ton fashion. Multicolored lines appeared indifferently on women's and men's clothes.

The "annoda e tingi" technique, originating in Indonesia, India, Japan and other exotic cultures, was very popular in the USA among the opponents of the war in Vietnam and among the hippies, who unlike conservatives valued simplicity and artisan methods traditional. The effect was achieved by knotting a fabric that was subsequently immersed in the dye. The main testimonials of the tie-dye were Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead.

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