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 references to see how and why fashion changed during the decade. In just ten years, the styles, markets, materials, demographics, inspirations, and even the very definition of fashion was transformed.

While a richer landscape of high fashion from New York, Florence, Hong Kong, Madrid and Rome challenged the dominance of Paris haute couture, the baby boom generation  revolutionized the traditional definition of fashion. Diana Vreeland called it a ‘youthquake’, with new informal styles of dressing coming from new sources for fashion, from London’s mod scene and the ye-yes in Paris, to the flower children and Afro movement of the US.

The 208 page book is richly illustrated with period photographs and extant garments from several public and private collections. And if you happen to be in Cambridge from November 8 to February 3, the Fashion History Museum will have an exhibition of 1960s fashion featuring many of the original garments illustrated in this book.