How well do you know the fashion trends of the 1970s?

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What were some common fashion items in the 1970s?

What was the most famous silhouette of the mid and late 1970s?

Who popularized the jersey 'wrap dress' in the 1970s?

Which models were considered top fashion models in the 1970s?

What was the most iconic women's hairstyle of the 1970s?

What hairstyles were popular among young Italian-American and Mexican-American men in the 1970s?

What were the two primary visions of cosmetics in the 1970s?

What did Vogue proclaim about the fashion game in the 1970s?

What did the struggling cosmetics industry attempt to do in the 1970s?


Costume and Fashion in the 1970s:

  • Vogue proclaimed "There are no rules in the fashion game now" due to overproduction flooding the market with cheap synthetic clothing.
  • Common items included mini skirts, bell-bottoms, vintage clothing from the 1950s and earlier, and the androgynous glam rock and disco styles.
  • New technologies brought advances in production through mass production, higher efficiency, generating higher standards, and uniformity.
  • The most famous silhouette of the mid and late 1970s for both genders was that of tight on top and loose on bottom.
  • Diane von F├╝rstenberg popularized the jersey "wrap dress" and it would also be credited as a symbol of women's liberation.
  • Top fashion models in the 1970s were Lauren Hutton, Margaux Hemingway, Beverly Johnson, Gia Carangi, Janice Dickinson, Patti Hansen, Cheryl Tiegs, Jerry Hall, and Iman.
  • Women wore their hair long, with a centre or side parting, and popular hairstyles included the wavy "gypsy" cut, the layered shag, and the "flicked" style.
  • The most iconic women's hairstyle of the 1970s is arguably the Farrah Fawcett hairstyle.
  • Continuing on from the 1960s, the ducktail and Pompadour hairstyle were popular among young Italian-American and Mexican-American men in big cities like New York.
  • Cosmetics in the 1970s reflected the contradictory roles ascribed for the modern woman.
  • The era's two primary visions were the daytime "natural look" presented by American designers and the evening aesthetic of sexualized glamour presented by European designers and fashion photographers.
  • The struggling cosmetics industry attempted to make a comeback, using new marketing and manufacturing practices.


Test your knowledge of the fashion and costume trends of the 1970s with this quiz! From the rise of synthetic fabrics to iconic hairstyles and makeup trends, this decade was a time of bold experimentation and cultural change. Discover the most famous fashion models, popular hairstyles, and conflicting visions of femininity that defined this era. Take this quiz and see how much you know about the fashion game of the 1970s!

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