Fashion in 1960s
by Tarun Rajan
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Fashion in 1960s
During the late 60s, the hippie
movement spread to Australia.
Many of those who opposed to the
Vietnam War wore a rebellious style of
dress since they acknowledged communal
living, experimented with drugs and also
explored Eastern religions.
Clothing styles derived
from non Western
Cultures - Indian and
Bare feet and leather sandals
were a common hippie trend
and flowers and the peace
sign symbolised the hippie
The hippie movement influenced other clothing styles
such as denim jeans. Denim took a huge part in the
youths' clothing trends .
Later on, new styles
denim jeans emerged-
tie-dyed, marbled and
Since hippies opposed to the use of
animal fur for clothing, new fabric
technology produced the first
artificial fur and leather fabrics.
Baby Boomers - A sweeping social
change and domination of the youth
Designers responded to a more liberal
and daring approach towards
Broke social traditions that
determined what clothing was to be
worn when and by whom.
In need of unisex clothing-
jeans were introduced during
Mod Fashion- a youth trend that
emerged from London which spread
across America, Europe and
Australia. This was also focused on
London's pop music and art.
Mod fashion included slim fitting and bold
geometric shaped clothing. Clothings
ranged from Button down shirts, slim suits,
stove pipe pants and Wrinkle pickers
Clothes were in
and were also
Colour was a main concern in fashion.
The gray, brown or neutral and pastel
colours of the 1950s were replaced
by vivid colours.
During the 60s era, mini skirts created a lot of
controversy since it exposed a lot of the thighs. Until
the late 60s, however, mini skirts were accepted by
Mini skirts became an icon
of the culture of rebellion.
British teen supermodel Leslie 'Twiggy' Hornby was a fashion
icon to teenage girls. Her short boyish haircut and slim body
frame (hence the name Twiggy) was on the front cover of
every major fashion magazine.
Synthetic materials such as Polyester, Plastic, PVC
and Vinyl. These clothing materials were rather
popular throughout the decade.