. It was a decade that broke many fashion traditions, mirroring social movements during the time.
Here are just a few of the influential fashion designers of the 1960s. They set the trends for the mainstream and interpretations of their designs are easy to spot if you know what to look for.
Meet the influencers behind the sixties' fashions:
Founded by, Polish-born, Barbara Hulanicki, in the 1960s, the lines (which eventually included makeup) were aimed mostly at teenagers and consisted of what we refer to as today's high street fashion. Her color palette was softened colors of brown, reddish-brown, grey, and plum. Best known for: Mini-skirts, Long tight sleeves, Maxi skirts, Catsuits, gingham print dresses, and triangular headscarves.
Hubert de Givenchy's creations were refined and helped to define the 1960s style of chic and classy dressing of movie stars. The actress, Audrey Hepburn, was dressed in Givenchy's clothes on and off-screen. Givenchy's most famed design was: The little black dress, which Hepburn wore it in the movie, "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Courrèges was a fashion designer who made his debut n the Parisian fashion world of 1960 with his futuristic, youthful but "high fashion" label. His fashion creations included: Triangle shaped shift dress, Halter top, Short skirts, Hip-hugger pants, White mid-calf boots, Vinyl trimmed coats and suits, and Cigarette pantsuits.
He was the originator of the fifties bubble dresses. Italian born, he is also famous for innovative, contemporary designs that bordered on the unusual and futuristic in the 60s. He came up with the use of hammered metal jewelry, industrial zippers, and plastic in his creations. His styles included: Thigh-high boots, Collarless jackets, Bright colored min-shift dresses, The Unisex cosmos suit, Skinny double-breasted suits, and Space-age designs.
YVES SAINT LAURENT
Algeria born, he has had a great impact on the European fashion industry.
He contributed to many of the sixties fashion trends. Some of his most popular clothing styles include the Mondrian shift dress, Peacoat, Safari jacket, Women tuxedos, Sheer blouse, Jumpsuit, and Women smoking jackets
Known as the, "The Prince of Print" his designs were recognized for his
trademark "psychedelic look"- electric colors. Fashionable women and important personalities such as Jackie Kennedy, Sophia Loren, and Marilyn Monroe wore this styles. Best known for: Palazzo pantsuits, Silk headscarves, Body-hugging mini-skirts, Silk jersey clothing, Cropped Capri Pants, Space-age inspired air hostess uniforms.
The "Quant Look" contained the silhouette mini skirt or mini shift dress, patent leather boots, colored opaque tights, a bob style haircut, prominent and dark eye makeup and false lashes. Her designs included the following: Colorful raincoats, Boots with detachable tops, Mix and match separates, Tight mini-skirts, hot pants, Lounging pajamas, and Dresses/skirts with matching colorful tights.