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1960s Costume History Drawings 64-66

1960s Fashion History 
Costume History Drawings
 c1964 - 66

By Pauline Weston Thomas for

1960s Fashion History - Costume History Drawings c1964 - 1966

Unlike the two previous pages of fashion history images, these costume history pictures lean more toward fashion changes that are meaningful in relation to the way people perceive the 1960s.  The dresses and skirts are A-line and flare away from the body at the hips.  Keyholes and cut outs at the neckline or waistline or bodice were often seen on sixties and seventies dresses. The cutaway armholes were popular for a decade and this led to a demand for the correct underwear such as halter neck bras. 

Updo hair styles set in elaborate coiled arrangements, meant that earlobes were decorated with chandelier style costume jewellery earrings ranging from large pailette sequins to jet or pearl drop earrings.  Rhinestones and crystals necklaces which had been popular in the 1960s were banished to the back of drawers, as chunky plastic jewellery and belts gained hold.  Glittery costume jewellery did not really make a comeback until the 1980s.  Coloured plastic fashion jewellery included multi coloured bangles and ropes of faceted beads and long pearls and long gold chains worn layered.  Faceted plastic beads covered bags which were made from raffia or silky knitted rayon yarns.

As the sixties progressed shorter skirt fashion lengths followed and even plus sizes adopted the new more fashionable skirt lengths.  Even though many could not wear the newer fashion styles of the era, to have not shortened skirt lengths so would have made larger women look even more old fashioned.  The footwear in these images shows how lower heels and rounder softer toes shapes became more popular to balance the shorter clothing.


 C20th Fashion History Images c1964 - 1966

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C20th Fashion History Image - Suit c1964 - 1967
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