Tag Archives: 1960s

Fadshions – ‘Ya-ya’ The First Miniskirt

This should forever end the debate over who ‘invented’ the first miniskirt. It turns out it wasn’t Mary Quant, or Andres Courreges, or John Bates, or Rudi Gernreich, or Marimekko… Although not yet called ‘miniskirts’, the earliest above-the knee dresses … Continue reading

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Gina Fratini, 1931 – 2017

Georgina Caroline Eve Butler was born into an aristocratic, connected family on 22 September, 1931 in Kobe, Japan and spent most of her childhood in colonial India. She studied at the Royal College of Arts before marrying in 1954. After her … Continue reading

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C.N.E. Fashion Shows in the 1960s

Some great images of fashion shows held at the Canadian National Exhibition in the 1960s:

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Graphic Novel Fashions

Although I knew about various Superhero and Archie comic books when I was a kid in the 60s/70s, I didn’t read them, so there was a whole world of popular culture that existed outside my sphere of reality. Because I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Shades, hose, and wigs

LIFE magazine reported in their 9 January 1970 issue on American trends during the 1960s including some surprising sales figures on fashion items. Sunglasses showed a healthy increase in sales from $14.5 million in 1960 to $39 million in 1969. Pantyhose, … Continue reading

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When wearing vintage was weird…

I never knew that when Barbra Streisand sang “…I’m wearing second hand hats, second hand clothes, That’s why they call me Second Hand Rose…” in Funny Girl, a song originally written for the 1921 Ziegfield Follies, that she was also … Continue reading

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MODe: Fashion in the 1960s

There is still a bit of tweaking to be done, but our new show at the Fashion History Museum is now open. MODe looks at the phenomenal changes in fashion that occurred between 1960 and 1970. For three centuries, women’s … Continue reading

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Sixties Fashion: From Less is More to Youthquake

My latest book is about to be released. Sixties Fashion: From Less is More to Youthquake, will be hitting book stores October 29. Like my book on 1940s fashion, my goal was to look at the international fashion scene through period … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Paul B.

In the late 1960s almost every city had a hip part of town where you could dance at the latest discotheque and buy the chicest clothes. In Chicago that area was Rush Street, and one of the coolest boutiques was … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Poupee Rouge – Susie Kosovic

In 1957 thirteen year old Susie Kosovic immigrated with her family from England to Toronto. With dreams of becoming a designer, Susie dropped out of high school and took a sale’s job at Eaton’s department store. When she was 19 … Continue reading

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