For the first time in fashion history, the 1960s brought a number of diverse trends to the public. A number of these trends mirrored the social commentary taking place at the time, including women’s movements, racial movements, and love, sex, and drugs. The hippie movement, of course, also had an extensive influence on the fashion industry, and introduced styles such as bell-bottom jeans, paisley prints, and tye-dye fabrics. Without further adieu, let’s get into it!
The first garment to catch my eye in the 1960s is this black mini dress worn by Anneke Gronloh in 1964. Boxy shapes were very popular in the mid 1960s, because they were symbolic of the “space age look.” Thigh length hemlines were also very popular with the space age look, which we can see in the more modern dress on the right. The two dresses are also ruffled below the waist, and while they are different lengths, they still exude a youthful and elegant style. Skimpy spaghetti straps were popularized in the 1960s, and as we can see from the dress on the right, the inspiration has carried over clearly.
In the late 1960s, white mini wedding dresses were very popular among young, stylish brides. With the mini dress being a fresh, new, exciting celebration of youth, it’s no wonder so many women wanted to celebrate their bodies with super-short dresses. There is a lot of “flower power” influence in the dress on the left, while on the right, the dress has been slightly updated with new materials. The modern dress uses lace on the sleeves, and appears to be a little bit longer than the 1960s dress. Nonetheless, both dresses are true to the 1960s style- flowing, short, and feminine. (Also, I apologize for the bad quality- this is the best shot of the dress I could get!)
With the popularity of psychedelic drugs in the 1960s, many garments began incorporating brightly-colored, Pop-Art patterns into women’s clothing. This was frequently combined with multiculturalism, which was also very popular in the 1960s. A lot of style inspiration was drawn from Morocco, Nepal, India, Bali, and African countries, and in this particular dress on the left, there is a great deal of global influence in the print. This modern Pucci dress, seen on the left, is iconic and reminiscent of the 1960s, especially in regards to the bright, psychedelic print. There is definitely royal Italian influence in the dress on the right, but I also see nods to both Indian and African cultures.