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Sixties Fashion: From Less is More to Youthquake


Fashion in the sixties was radical, revolutionary—like nothing the world has ever seen. At the end of the fifties, Yves Saint Laurent started looking for new ways to define the female form. By the seventies, styles, markets, materials, demographics, and the very definition of fashion had been utterly transformed. From the clothes and the labels to the movements and the music, Sixties Fashion: From Less is More to Youthquake (Thames & Hudson , $45) presents the definitive history of the decade in which everything changed.
Author Jonathan Walford follows the unprecedented explosion of youth culture, expressed by Diana Vreeland’s famous term “youthquake,” which led to a demand for more informal but stylish clothes and a paramount focus on self-expression. From the mods in London and the yé-ye scene in Paris, to the flower children and the Black Power Movement in the United States, subcultures took fashion into their own hands and changed the world’s style from the bottom up.
The miniskirt, the ultimate expression of “less is more,” was a potent symbol of the change that defied the old establishment. Designers Mary Quant and André Courrèges were famous for raising hemlines, but as Quant herself said, “it was the girls in the street who did it.” By the end of the decade, fashion had given way to style, and clothes would never be the same again.
And Twiggy's on the cover, still looking hot all these years . . . even when she's selling her "design" clothing on TV.


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