Looks influencing the sixties!

1)The Space Age Look

Alan Shepard was the first American in space in 1961. In 1963, John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, in Apollo XI, were the first men to walk on the moon in 1969. This new frontier began to have an influence on fashion in the 1960’s. Space-age silver which was mixed with primary colored prints taken from Pop and Op Art. Novel fashion materials were introduced, including shiny, wet-look PVC, easy-care acrylics and polyesters.
 In 1964 Andre Courreges launched the ‘space-age’ look. His success was followed by Paco Rabanne’s 1966 interpretation of the futuristic theme. Rabanne created clothing using plastic, metal and even chain mail. This extreme look caught on commercially in the form of chain link belts, heavy metal necklaces and disk like earrings. Pierre Cardin also created his version of the space age look with stylised visored helmet hats and shift dresses. n 1964 Andre Courreges launched the ‘space-age’ look.

In 1964 Andre Courreges launched the ‘space-age’ look (Left).

2) Jackie Kennedy

Mrs Kennedy was one of the most iconic figure during the 1960’s. Apparently she spent $45,446 more on her wardrobe than the $100,000 annual salary her husband earned as president. Various elements her iconic style includes the Pillbox hats (Most of them designed by Halston), oversized sunglasses,headscarves, perfectly styled hair (Her iconic bouffant was created by Kenneth Battelle, the famed hairdresser to the stars who also styled Marilyn Monroe.), elbow length gloves, strapless gowns, bows, cape, coats, Equestrian-Inspired Style.

3) Go-Go Girl

Go-go dancers are dancers who are employed to entertain crowds at nightclubs[1] or other venues where music is played. Go-go dancing originated in the early 1960s, by some accounts when women at the Peppermint Lounge in New york citybegan to get up on tables and dance the twist.[2] Some claim that go-go dancing originated at, and was named after, the very popular Los Angeles rock club Whisky a Go Go which opened in January 1964, but the opposite may be true — the club chose the name to reflect the already popular craze of go-go dancing. Many 1960s-era clubgoers wore miniskirts and knee-high, high-heeled boots, which eventually came to be called go-go boots. Night club promoters in the mid‑1960s then conceived the idea of hiring women dressed in these outfits to entertain patrons.

4)Swinging London Look

Swinging London was a youth-driven cultural revolution that took place in London during the mid-to-late 1960s emphasizing modernity and fun-loving hedonism. It saw a flourishing in art, music and fashion, and was symbolized by the city’s “pop and fashion exports,” like the British Invasion, Mary Quant’s miniskirt, popular fashion models such as Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, the mod subculture, the iconic status of popular shopping areas (such as King’s Road, Kensington and Carnaby Street), the political activism of the anti-nuclear movement; and sexual liberation. Music was a big part of the scene, with “the London sound” including the Who, the Kinks, the Small Faces and the Rolling Stones; bands which were the mainstay of pirate radiostations like Radio Caroline and Swinging Radio England. The Swinging London also reached British cinema, which saw a surge in formal experimentation, freedom of expression, colour, and comedy. During this period, “creative types of all kinds gravitated to the capital, from artists and writers to magazine publishers, photographers, advertisers, film-makers and product designers.

During this era, London from a gloomy, grimy post-War capital into a bright, shining epicentre of style. The phenomenon was caused by the large number of young people in the city (due to the baby boom of the 1950s) and the postwar economic boom. Following the abolition of the national service for men in 1960, these young people enjoyed greater freedom and fewer responsibilities than their parents’ generation, and changes to social and sexual politics. However — and despite shaping the popular consciousness of Britain in the 1960s — Swinging London was a West End-centered phenomenon that only happened among young, middle class people, and was considered “simply a diversion” by some of them. The swinging scene also served as a consumerist counterpart to the countercultural British underground of the same period.

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