The shape of the 1960's is not only due to the emergence of some snazzy new fabrics, but due to some forward thinking designers. Pierre Cardin is perhaps my favourite of the era: his radical garments were extreme, progressive and modern- echoing the space race culminating in the moon landing of 1969. This was an era of change, of looking forward to a bright new future, ofcourse this is transparently reflected in the fashion of the period.
Here are some pictures I've come across in my Research:
Crimplene Dresses ♥
The Dress which I was given for my analysis based presentation. Hmm tricky!
A dress I nicked from my lovely grandma's closet :) As you can see it is crimplene and a similar style. This pleased my tutor no end!
Research from British Vogue ♥
Crimplene Ads are from March and August editions of British Vogue, 1967.
The Mini and A-Line Shift ♥
Crimplene and the mini-skirt are two peas of a sixties pod. They were both crucial to the stereotypical aesthetic of this era, and worked effortlessly alongside eachother to create the iconic stiff little mini. In many cases the mini was combined with an A-line shift style of dress, such as the examples below.
From Look Magazine, April 5th 1966.
From British Vogue, January 1967.
From British Vogue, April 1967.
Advert for YSL. From British Vogue, February 1967.
Not strictly relevant, but I just loved the dude on the left, so I had to include it...
For the laughs: A hilarious old crimplene commercial:
Mary Quant: THE iconic designer of the swinging sixties ♥
Quant recieving an OBE for services to Fashion in 1966. Wearing one of her own designs. Mini's in Buckingham Palace?! OH MY!
With three of her muses showing off Quant pieces, 1968.
Collar Dress, Mary Quant, 1964.
Skater Dress, Mary Quant, 1967.
Thhe three above images are from the V and A archives: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/. Essential reading for any fashion/art student, but still well worth a rummage if not!
Pierre Cardin ♥
With three of his house models in 1965
Circa Space age collection, 1967
A-line Crepe Shift Pierre Cardin, 1968.
André Courrèges ♥
The designer of the mini skirt is an ambigious subject, I believe that Courrege was the first high end designer to integrate the mini succesful into his collections and present it as the only wearable length, but Quant was the person who introduced it to the street, which was very much a big part of the sixties look.
From Andre Courreges Space Age Collection of 1964 (The birth of the mini)
Rudi Gernreich ♥
Gernreich was the first designer to use unconventional plastics in his designs, such as PVC and Acrylics.
This is him on the cover of TIME, December 1967.
PVC panel dress, Rudi Gernreich, 1967
These styles are so interesting, and relevant to today's fashion; you can see evidence of Gernriech's panelling in the dresses of today. The styles of the sixties were not only iconic, and crucial to the shift in twentieth century styles, but are timeless- a mark of great and inspired design.