20th Century Fashion Resources
by Lanajean Vecchione

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Swinging Sixties
Boxy suits and pillbox hats launched the sixties. Mod style hits America with Mary Quant and Biba capturing "the London look" in 1964. Thigh revealing mini-skirts, topless bathing suits, see-through dresses, and bra burning make headlines. Eastern influences launch caftans, nehru jackets and acid-colored prints. Designers included Yves St. Laurent, Rudi Gernreich, Paco Rabanne, Pucci, Courreges, Cardin and Ossie Clark.

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Web Sites about 1960s Fashions and Culture

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Books About 1960s Fashions and Culture

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    Miller's Collecting the 1960s
    by Madeline Marsh

      While not a fashion book, this U.K. printed guide has a chapter dedicated to is with the best photos of swinging London styles from Biba, Mary Quant and the French designers like Courregues and Paco Rabanne. This is one of the best assemblages of the museum quality stuff, from paper dresses to Beatle boots.


    The Sixties - A Decade in Vogue
    edited by Nicolas Drake

      This oversized book has reproduced the best photography and stories from Vogue exactly as they first appeared. It features bios of the famous fashion models and designers who in Cleopatra and Julie Christie in a year by year format. A must read for those wanting background on sixties pop culture as it related to fashion.


    A Thousand Days of Magic: Dressing Jacqueline Kennedy for the White House
    by Oleg Cassini

      After fashion followers complained that Jackie wore too many Paris designs on the campaign trail, she appointed Oleg Cassini, an American, to design her wardrobe as First Lady. During the thousand days of the Kennedy administration he created about 300 outfits including evening wear, coats, day dresses, and suits. This book discusses this designers grand contribution to what is still known today as the Jackie look, with original sketches and full color photographs.


    Quant
    by Mary Quant

      This 1966 autobiography by Mary Quant can still be found on-line at used bookstore and auction web sites. It describes how she brought the mini skirt into mainstream ready-to-wear fashion and designed shoes, hosiery and makeup to match what would be known as mod style. I consider it a must-read for the first-hand perspective of a history maker.


    Radical Rags: Fashions of the Sixties
    by Joel Lobenthal

      Radical Rags is printed on high quality paper and eases the eyes with an attractive layout. The pictures alone are worth the hunt for this book in local libraries or used book stores. A tireless researcher, Lobethal has laid the ground work for fashion students - smart ones will turn to his bibliography for the hot list of titles compiled over a ten year span. Other strengths include extensive interviews with fashion designers like Betsy Johnson, Mary Quant and Zandra Rhodes. You' ll find examples of the important fads, including paper dresses, mini-skirts, PVC clothing, menswear, and others. For visual references of groovy models, geometric haircuts, and designers, this is the best option.

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Magazines:

    Fashion Flashbacks - Exploring Retro Style
    http://www.best.com/~lanajean/flashbacks.html

      If you like this artice you'll appreciate my publication. I have written articles about sixties hair styles in issue one and in issue two, there's my well researched history of pantyhose, which was created in the sixties. Ordering information is on the web site. Also check out the sixties collectible clothing in my exhibit photos.


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Videos About 1960s Fashion and Culture

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

      Featuring the designs of Givenchey, this movie turned Audrey Hepburn and the little black dress into a fashion classics. It also gave rise to the tiaras, glittering costume jewelry, and the daytime elegance that gave way to youth culture by the mid sixties.


    Blow Up

      A 1966 film by Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni focusing on a London fashion photographer who witnesses a murder. In it are choice shots of the decadence and decoration that are psychedelic. Watch closely during the nightclub scene, where the decor and dress illustrate a generation in style.


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