Synopses & Reviews
In the 1960s, fashion changed dramatically. At the end of the 1950s, Yves Saint Laurent was starting to look for new ways to define the female form; by the 1970s, styles, markets, materials, demographics, inspirations, and the very definition of fashion had been utterly transformed.
Richly illustrated with contemporary imagery, including fashion shots, advertising, and magazine features, this is an essential sourcebook. The story begins with the new internationalism that changed the fashion landscape as New York, San Francisco, Florence, London, Madrid, Rome, and Hong Kong challenged the dominance of Paris haute couture.
The younger generation’s demand for informal but stylish clothes led to an explosion of fast-moving, ready-to-wear styles and a new boutique culture. Diana Vreeland’s coinage for this unprecedented shift in fashion was “Youthquake.” The concept of “less is more” had its ultimate expression in the miniskirt: for the first time in history the hemline traveled far above the knee. An era of self-conscious modernity was inspired by a space-age future that embraced new looks and materials, while counterculture styles—Mexican sandals and sarapes, hand-crafted jewelry, Indian robes—emphasized the natural over the artificial.
"An analysis of how fashion fits and evolves within a specific time and space." Columbia Daily Tribune
"This stylishly chic book covers the prevalent trends in clothing and accessories during this time . . . complemented with opulent illustrations." Brilliant Magazine
" traces the history of that most turbulent decade through its clothes. . . . [Walford] connects the dots between the political and social turmoil of the era and the clothes people chose to ear. It was the end of fashion, he suggests, and the beginning of individual style." Red Room
"A definitive book. . . . Walford . . . traces the changes that come after fashion comes under the sway of the young, from Mary Quant's miniskirts to Biba's disposable fashion to the Sergeant Pepper look and paper dresses." Women's Wear Daily
"From the miniskirt to space-age wear to flower-power looks, this book weaves a definitive history of the fashion-packed decade." San Antonio Express-News
"Shows the overall forward-thinking fervor of this era's fashionistas while paying proper homage to its subcultures and social complexity." Passport Magazine
The definitive history of the fashion revolutions of the 1960s, richly illustrated with contemporary imagery
Thea Porter (1927andndash;2000) came to epitomize bohemian chic in the 1960s and andrsquo;70s, using an eclectic mix of luxurious fabrics for her signature fl owing dresses that became favorites of stylish women everywhere. Faye Dunaway, Joan Collins, Barbra Streisand, and Elizabeth Taylor were fans; Vogueandrsquo;s Diana Vreeland championed her clothes; and today vintage Thea Porter is worn by Kate Moss, Nicole Richie, and other fashionistas. This first and#160;book devoted to the UK-based fashion designer features new photography of her fabulous clothes and jewelry as well as press clippings, sketches, and excerpts from an unpublished memoir she wrote about her aesthetics, philosophies, and work.
About the Author
Laura McLaws Helms is a New Yorkandndash;based fashion historian. She is curator of Thea Porter at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London. Venetia Porter is assistant keeper at the British Museum. She is Thea Porterandrsquo;s daughter.