How Well Do You Know 1960s Fashion and Hairstyles?

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What was the influence of the Space Race on fashion in the 1960s?

It heavily influenced space age fashion

Which of the following was NOT a popular women's clothing style in the 1960s?

Corsets

What was the influence of multiculturalism on fashion in the 1960s?

Fashion inspiration was drawn from traditional clothing in Nepal, India, Bali, Morocco, and African countries

Which of the following is NOT a popular men's fashion item in the 1960s?

Bell-bottom jeans

What was the influence of the hippie subculture on fashion in the 1960s?

It shifted to a more laid-back Bohemian style that included love beads, peace signs, and long, puffed 'bubble' sleeves

Which of the following was NOT a popular women's hairstyle in the 1960s?

Perm

What was the influence of the London 'Modernists' on men's fashion in Britain?

They influenced male fashion in Britain

Which of the following was NOT a popular men's hairstyle in the 1960s?

Perm

Who popularized the miniskirt?

Mary Quant

Study Notes

Costume and Fashion in the 1960s:

  • 1960s fashion was nonconformist, trendy, and broke many traditions.

  • New styles emerged from small villages and cities into urban centers, receiving media publicity, and influencing haute couture creations of elite designers and mass-market clothing manufacturers.

  • Examples of popular 1960s fashion include the mini-skirt, culottes, go-go boots, and experimental fashions like curved PVC dresses.

  • Mary Quant popularized the mini-skirt and Jackie Kennedy introduced the pillbox hat.

  • False eyelashes, psychedelic prints, neon colors, and mismatched patterns were in style.

  • The London "Modernists" known as Mods influenced male fashion in Britain.

  • The hippie movement influenced women's clothing styles, including bell-bottom jeans, tie-dye and batik fabrics, and paisley prints.

  • The rise of trousers for women became acceptable and popular, including Levi Strauss jeans and "stretch" drainpipe jeans with elastane.

  • Space age fashion emerged and was heavily influenced by the Space Race of the Cold War and popular science fiction.

  • The miniskirt was invented by both Mary Quant and Andre Courreges and changed fashion forever.

  • The Single Girl became a new feminine ideal for women and young girls, emphasizing economic, social, and emotional self-sufficiency.

  • Fashion photography in the 1960s represented the Single Girl and Working Girl motifs, emphasizing ready-to-wear and personal style.Fashion in the 1960s

  • Twiggy popularized shapeless shift dresses that emphasized an image of innocence.

  • The "Dolly Girl" emerged in the mid-1960s, characterized by the iconic miniskirt, long hair, and childish-looking clothing.

  • Traditional clothing such as corsets, seamed tights, and knee-covering skirts were no longer in fashion.

  • The hippie subculture emerged in 1967, shifting to a more laid-back Bohemian style that included love beads, peace signs, and long, puffed "bubble" sleeves.

  • Multiculturalism became popular, and fashion inspiration was drawn from traditional clothing in Nepal, India, Bali, Morocco, and African countries.

  • Indian and Ceylonese women began incorporating modernist Western trends into their traditional dress.

  • Radical feminists wore androgynous and masculine clothing such as jeans, work boots, and berets in reaction to enforced femininity.

  • Slim-fitting, single-breasted continental-style suits and skinny ties were fashionable in the early 1960s.

  • Ivy League fashion was desirable casual wear for middle-class adults in America during the early to mid-1960s.

  • Surf fashion went mainstream from 1962 to 1966, resulting in many teenagers imitating the outfits of groups like The Beach Boys.

  • The Mods adopted new fads that were imitated by many young people, while the Rockers liked 1950s rock-and-roll and rode motorbikes.

  • The late 1960s to early 1970s witnessed the emergence of the hippie counterculture and freak scene in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and America, with youths favoring a unisex look with long hair, tie-dye, and flower power motifs.Fashion and Hairstyles of the 1960s

Fashion:

  • Women's fashion included miniskirts, shift dresses, and go-go boots.
  • Men's fashion included slim neckties, kipper ties, and Nehru jackets.
  • The pillbox hat was popularized by Jacqueline Kennedy.
  • Women's hairstyles ranged from beehives to very short styles and long, straight styles.
  • Men's hairstyles included buzzcuts, flat tops, the mod haircut, and facial hair.
  • Head coverings changed as men's hats went out of style, replaced by the bandanna, digger hat, Stetson, or Bob Dylan cap.
  • The afro became the hairstyle of choice for African Americans, and it was an emblem of racial pride.
  • Mod bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones influenced mop-top hairstyles for white and Hispanic men.
  • Androgynous styles were popular for men and women.

Hairstyles:

  • Women's hair styles ranged from beehive hairdos to the very short styles popularized by Twiggy and Mia Farrow.
  • The pillbox hat was fashionable, due almost entirely to the influence of Jacqueline Kennedy.
  • During the mid and late 1960s, women's hair styles became very big and used a large quantity of hair spray.
  • Wigs became fashionable and were often worn to add style and height.
  • Men's hairstyles included the side parted short back and sides, buzzcuts, flat tops, and the mod haircut.
  • Facial hair became popular with young men from 1966 onwards.
  • Head coverings changed as men's hats went out of style, replaced by the bandanna, digger hat, Stetson, or Bob Dylan cap.
  • The afro became the hairstyle of choice for African Americans, and it was an emblem of racial pride.
  • Androgynous styles were popular for men and women.

Step back in time and test your knowledge of 1960s fashion and hairstyles with our quiz! From miniskirts and go-go boots to beehive hairdos and afros, this quiz will take you on a journey through the nonconformist and trendy fashion of the era. You'll also learn about influential designers, subcultures, and how fashion reflected the social and political climate of the time. So put on your bell-bottoms and take this quiz to see if you're

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