Friday, 6 May 2011

10 things I love about the 1960s

 
Image by FC Gundlach
1. Mini  
Not the car - though I'm quite fond of it - I'm in fact talking about the Mini dress. 
Young people in the '60s suddenly found themselves wanting to wear non-conforming clothes. 
Different and radical was the theme of fashion. 
Mary Quant may have popularised the Mini dress, 
but the real 'inventor' was John Bates, best known for 'the smallest dress in the world', 
bikini dress, pvc clothing, and embroidered empire line evening dresses.

Image of Nancy Kwan via americanparlor.blogspot.com
 2. Vidal Sassoon haircut  
The iconic Vidal Sassoon produced geometric yet organic haircuts. 
Best known for the revival of the bob haircut, Vidal Sassoon helped 
'shape' the definitive women's hairstyle of the '60s.



Image via artnhustle.com

 3. Jackie Kennedy 
The First Lady who set new standards regarding dress, 
elegance, good manners and strength in the face of adversity. 



Image Alex Drake Vintage
4. Op Art 
The mesmerizing, mathematically-based, three-dimensional visual treat 
that Optical Art offered in paintings, tv adverts, textiles and clothing, 
and even on album covers, had so much novelty that it was popular for several years.



Image from Vintage Handbags by Marnie Fogg
5. Bags, bags, and bags 
The pastel coloured, patent bags of this period 
are just so yummy you could almost taste them. 



Image via sohopeople.co.uk
6. Boutiques of London 
From Carnaby Street to King's Road, these places housed 
new and enterprising small shops, eager to bring fresh fashion and style 
to an urban youth wanting and needing instant gratification and radical change.


Image Alex Drake Vintage
7. The original Biba 
With Barbara Hulanicki's vision, wonderful taste for an eclectic shop interiors, 
plus attention to clothing details, Biba, which started in Kensington, 
became a huge London brand, famous across the globe. 
People loved Biba's simple ethos of providing affordable, beautiful clothing, 
in a socially conducive environment - it had a rooftop for parties, and
some people even ended up getting married after courtships held 
in that magnificent place.
It also was the first brand to offer free 'make-up trial before purchase'.



Image via intretrostore.com
8. Space Age 
With the Space race on between the U.S.S.R. and the USA 
(who would put the first man on the moon?), the world of fashion, art, film, furniture, 
and home electronics turned to science fact and fiction for influence and inspiration. 
The above photo is a Ball Chair by Eero Aarnio, produced in 1966. 
Dubbed as 'a room within a room', it was meant to provide 
privacy within a delightful cosy space. From its debut in 1966, 
its architectural and functional qualities make it a furniture classic.


Image from Decorative Art '60s, by C&P Fiell, Taschen
9. Habitat 
With designer Terence Conran at its helm, Habitat in the ’60s 
displayed goods in a minimalist way 
as inspired by Scandinavian shops. 
Its stock was affordable, tasteful and truly useful. 


Image from Sixties Design by P. Garner, Taschen
Photo by Peter Max 

10. Cosmic ’60s Art 
This print by Peter Max was popular in American dorm rooms. 
Thanks to his four-colour reproduction printing technique, 
he created countless colourful prints cheering people up. 
Looking at his work, I've always considered him as 
a grandfather of contemporary graphic design. 
'Love' is a powerful word, and one that I love. 
I'm saying it again...Spread the love.  





References:
fashionmodeldirectory.com
oparthistory.com
bibacollection.co.uk
Decorative Art '60s by C&P Fiell
Sixties Design by Philippe Garner
Vintage Handbags by Marnie Fogg


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26 comments:

  1. These are Great pictures! I also really Love mini dresses.

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  2. Thanks Emma. Have a great weekend :) - J xx

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  3. Mini dresses are simply divine and elegant.
    Love it
    Lee x

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  4. Thanks Lee! So kind, as usual..:)
    J x

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  5. Thanks for the comment! These pictures are so cute. The 60's were a great time for fashion.
    Lydia

    www.styleindependent.com

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  6. Thanks Lydia. Glad you like. :)
    J x

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  7. your blog is so original I love it!

    xo,
    thecitizenscloset.blogspot.com

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  8. Thanks Claire!
    Love yours too :)
    J x

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  9. LOVE the 60s. ESPECIALLY the mini dress! So cute. <3

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  10. Thanks Kristie! Hope you're having a good Tuesday :)
    J x

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  11. Jackie's dress is amazing, I like the color. Interesting post !

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  12. Thanks, Jane. Love your blog too.
    Cheers, Joy x

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  13. Beautiful pictures! I'm obsessed with the 60s as well, such a Golden era :)

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  14. Thanks, Katie. Anything and everything vintage, I adore :) J x

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  15. i also really love the 60s! jackie kennedy is so elegant!

    -fb X

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  16. Hi FB,

    Thanks for that. Love your blog, btw. Have a good one. Cheers, J x

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  17. Amazing post!
    Love your blog!
    xxx

    www.fashionapp.blogspot.com
    www.fashionapp.blogspot.com

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  18. Hi Zoe,
    Thanks for visiting.
    j❤Y xx

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  19. This such a great post. I LOVE the 60's, that Vidal Sassoon haircut is still stylish today, well everything is ;). Keep up the good work!

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  20. Hi Lynn,
    Thanks for visiting. Welcome to IFB!
    J :)

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  21. Hi Jazzy E,
    Thanks. Following your lovely blog now. Hope you're well.
    J x

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  22. First of all, your content is outstanding! This must have taken such effort to compile.. kudos for an interesting read.

    Thank you for the lovely comment and the follow:) Following you, as well!

    xx, Melanie
    LightsSoBright

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  23. Hi Melanie, thanks very much! And for following. The hardest part is getting photos as I don't really want to keep on borrowing other people's photos. Your blog header is one of my favourites, btw :)
    Joy x

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  24. Off-topic: Followed you. Hope you follow me back. :)

    Have to thank John Bates for the mini dresses. I love mini dresses. <3

    Op Art is still widely used in advertising even til now. Especially on magazines.

    http://gryshco.com

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  25. Now I may sound to be obsessed with numbers, but since blogger went down, the following, kind comments went with it. I just can't bring myself to ignore this so I'm manually re-publishing it. I also said thank you to all who left these kind comments. See you next time:)

    From Jazzy E (hivenn) of http://hiven.com
    "Love these - x"

    From Melanie of http://lightsSobright.blogspot.com
    "First of all, your content is outstanding! This must have taken such effort to compile.. kudos for an interesting read.
    Thank you for the lovely comment and the follow:) Following you, as well! xx, Melanie"

    From Grysh Co of http://gryshco.com
    "Off-topic: Followed you. Hope you follow me back. :)
    Have to thank John Bates for the mini dresses. I love mini dresses. <3
    Op Art is still widely used in advertising even til now. Especially on magazines."

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