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1960s Costume History Drawings 62-66

1960s Fashion History 
Costume History Drawings
 c1962 - 1966

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1960s Fashion History - Costume History Drawings c1962 - 1966

This page has a mixture of style elements evident in female clothing between 1962-1966. As with all fashion eras there was overlap of the styles of several years and not everyone immediately wore the mini or even shorter above knee skirts.  Clothing silhouette lines were getting more relaxed with soft over bloused tops becoming an alternative to form fitting slim sheath clothes. Pencil tight clothing gave way to simply straight cut or A-line cut dresses.

Bodices were often still fitted, but semi fitted and easier yoked styles were a feature of 1960s fashions.  The more relaxed silhouettes meant many younger women began to change the type of underwear they wore.  Younger women often abandoned corselettes in favour of softer roll-ons. Hair was still elaborate for many women even though more modern styles emerged. Few women could manage without hair spray, hair rollers and heated rollers.


 C20th Fashion History Images c1962 - 1965

Full Skirted 1960s Evening Dress Full Skirted 1960s Evening Dress Full Skirted 1960s Day Dress

The full skirt a leftover from the 1950s, was seen well into the mid 1960s.  It was soon ousted by the newer more modern looking A-line dresses.

Over Blouse Two Piece Suit c1961-1965 Over Blouse Two Piece Suit c1961-1965 Fine Pleat Dress in Tricel.

These styles show how more relaxed styles such as dropped waists had become fashionable since about 1961. The three quarter sleeve disappeared as a fashion sleeve by the mid 1960s.  With time it was replaced by short sleeves, long sleeves and sleeveless quite cutaway and halter armholes.

Mid 1960s A-line style Mid 1960s A-line Yoked Fashion Style Mid 1960s Fashion Style

A-line styles were more relaxed and easier to wear than straighter fashions.  As the sixties progressed the A-line was a more obvious choice to shorten than the straight dress.  Wonderful coiled up do hairstyles are a feature of the era.

1960s Sleevless Cocktail Dress Fashion Style
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