The Swinging Sixties was a youth-driven cultural revolution that took place in the United Kingdom during the mid-to-late s, emphasising modernity and fun-loving hedonism, with Swinging London as its centre. Among its key elements were the Beatles , as leaders of the British Invasion of musical acts; Mary Quant 's miniskirt ; popular fashion models such as Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton ; the mod subculture ; the iconic status of popular shopping areas such as London's King's Road , Kensington and Carnaby Street ; the political activism of the anti-nuclear movement ; and sexual liberation. During the s, London underwent a "metamorphosis from a gloomy, grimy post-war capital into a bright, shining epicentre of style". The swinging scene also served as a consumerist counterpart to the countercultural British underground of the same period. Simon Rycroft writes: "Whilst it is important to acknowledge the exclusivity and the dissenting voices, it does not lessen the importance of Swinging London as a powerful moment of image making with very real material effect.
1960s Fashion: What Did Women Wear?
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In the early years, the fashion idol was Jackie Kennedy with her perfectly white pearls and tailored suit dresses. She wore dresses without collars and jackets that buttoned only with one large top button. She was the last woman to wear hats, a pillbox hat, as a necessary fashion. Women had to find a new s fashion idol to be inspired by. Brigitte Bardot was that woman. Jackie was put together, simple and modest. Brigitte was tacky, cheap, bold, and even silly.
They had energy and sheer numbers on their side and they turned the designers away from catering to the old and wealthy to creating fashions specifically for young adults. As the phenomenon continued teens and even pre-teens were also included for the first time. Mary Quant out of her small boutique in London hit upon the winning combinations and created a fashion feeding frenzy starting with the mini skirt and crowning with major fashion houses the likes of Chanel and Dior following suit.
After a decade of cinched waists, full skirts and impeccable hair and makeup, many fashion traditions were broken in an act of rebellion, mirroring the momentous social and political changes of the decade. It was the era where no skirt was too short and no beehive too high. Today, we can thank the decade for culottes, geometric prints and boxy silhouettes. The essential ingredients of her good-girl-gone-bad aesthetic were lashings of eyeliner, chandelier earrings, mini mod dresses with sheer black tights and a crop of platinum hair — one day to be celebrated by Sienna Miller in the film Factory Girl. No s fashion round-up would be complete without mentioning Twiggy, real name Lesley Hornby.