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1960’s- Sub Trends




The Hippie sub culture was a youth movement that spread first in the  United States. The trend soon spread during the 60’s to other countries around the world. The word hippie comes from the word hipster.

The early hippies had similar values of the beat generation. Being a hippie was a rejection of the current state of the US. Several political ordeals and afflictions were happening at the time e.g. the war in Vietnam and the civil rights movement. The young wanted to stay away from violence and the animosity so they made their own society. This new society was inclusive of peace and love. They belonged to groups such as the Legalized Marijuana Movement and the Sexual Freedom League.


Hippie Attire

. Long hair

. kaftan

. Flared Trousers (bell bottoms)

. Tie dyed t-shirts

. Colourful Peasant Blouses

. Long full skirts

  Kaftan designed by Zandra Rhodes

A more cosmopolitan view in fashion was seen from Ossie Clark, Zandra Rhodes, Jean Muir and Thea Porter. They experimented in non traditional tailoring, colourful prints and ethnic style garments.

   Dress patterns   









Week 20- OP ART, 1960’s


Optical art was a phrase first used in Time magazine in 1964 but is more commonly known as ‘Op art’. The name was used as op art was composed of  illusion and trickery. It can often be seen as moving to the naked eye due to its mathematical based composition.

   Article From Times Magazine October 23rd 1964

In 1965 a major exhibition was held entitled ‘The Responsive Eye’ which was held at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art- New York City). After the exhibition ‘op art’ started to become really popular showing up on fashion motifs in clothing, television, album art and decoration.

Although the ‘op art’ movement lasted for around 3 years many say that it was first pioneered by Victor Vasarely a Hungarian French artist.

   Titled ‘Zebra’. Victor Vasarly.1937

He created three versions of the piece.

  Created 1944

 Created 1950

Another notable artist in the movement was Bridget Riley. Bridget Riley is an artist who studied at The Royal College Of Art with the likes of Peter Blake (a blog post for another day!!!!!). Her ‘op art’ style was producing black and white geometric patterns that caused perplexed and unbalanced effect to the naked eye.


.Movement.                                       .Cataract


The Bridget Riley pieces have definitely inspired me for creating my own optical illusion style fabric print.

1960’s-2000 in 166 words!!!!!!!




* Pastel suits/oversized buttons

* Capri pants


*Bell Bottoms

 Topless Swimsuit!!




.Laser invented

.Marilyn Monroe found dead

.First computer game invented

.First heart transplant

.Martin Luther King assassinated


*Flared jeans


* Three piece suits

* Fringing

*Flower print


* Sharpies



* Strikes for miners and postal workers

* Queens silver jubilee

* Sony sells personal stereos




* Shoulder pads

* Leg warmers


* New romantics




* Stock market crashes

* 88 Second summer of love


* Windows program invented




* Puffa jackets

* Wonder bra  



* Townie

* Scallies

* Casuals

* goths






* Ruffles and frills

* Cropped pants

* Cullottes

* Leggings


* Emo



* Mars odyssey

* Swine flu epidemic



The End.

Week 19


Vexed Generation

Vexed Generation was created by Joe Hunter and Adam Thorpe in 1994.  They designed/created garments to over come issues such as air pollution, civil liberties and surveillance. In 1994 The Criminal Justice and Public Order act was passed which included a number of changes to the existing law of 1993. These changes received great public attention. It increased police powers to stop and search, stopped mass outdoor raves from ever happening and increased the use of CCTV on the city streets.

Vexed Ballistic nylon parka

This parka was created from blast proof  ballistic nylon. It had padding in certain areas to protect the wearer e.g kidneys and skull. This was used in the event of being attacked by the riot police. The hood was made to cover most of the face to hide identity from the likes of CCTV. This brilliant invention was a socially responsive design at the time. Its one of my favourites from the Vexed generation archives.

12” Storage bag Designed to carry records for the DJ music scene. It is a classic hands free carrying system. Made from a conjurer polyamide which is very abrasive. A polyester panel was placed on the back area to stop spoiling clothes.