1960s Fashion History

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Fashion History1960s to 1980s

Fashion History, Costume History - The rise of the 60's mini skirt era, 70ís fashion, disco and punk influences.
1960s and 1970s with sport meets street style. Technological developments in history in the C20th.

20th Century Major Innovations in History

A century of new ideas in history, medical discoveries, improvements in communication. The advent of flight and space exploration. Everyday technological advances.  Summary of C20th Innovations in History.

The 1960's Mini

Costume History of 1960s. 50's fashion lives on until mid decade and 1965.

 Mary Quant and the history of the 60's mini skirt. The death of stockings and introduction of pantyhose. Pinafore dresses and knit fabrics.

1962 Fashion History Drawings

Colouring in picture.


1960-63 Fashion History Pictures

Slim dresses


1962-66 Fashion History Pictures

Mixed dresses

 Punk Fashion History Development in The 1970s

Costume History of early Punks. How aspects of Punk fashion, an anti establishment fashion, soon became accepted as part of mainstream styling by the turn of the 21st century.



1964-67 Fashion History Pictures

A-line dresses


1965 Fashion History Pictures Suits

C20th Sports Fashion until 1960

Costume History of Sports fashion. Sports for women bring dress emancipation. The acceptance of beach pyjamas in the 1920s.

 Tennis outfits break barriers and more functional clothing is accepted for skiing and other casual activities. 

Stretchy knits and military styles and post war functionalism in sportswear.

The 1970s and Disco

Costume History of 1970s. 1970's fashion history of all sorts of skirt lengths from micro, mini to maxi. Lighter weight clothes. Ethnic fashion and style trends as a result of broader travel experiences.

 Seventies Kaftans, flared trousers, platform shoes and fabrics.

 70's disco, tank tops and mix and match coordinated knitwear.

Fitness Fashion after 1960

Costume history of sports clothes and expedition wear in breathable fabrics of Gore-Tex and Sympatex infiltrate mainstream fashion. 

Disco fitness craze of the 80s, adoption of shell suits as street wear. The 90s love of fleece. Speedo's technically designed swimming range, S2000.

Olympic athletes and sports names Nike and Adidas gain cult status in the 1990s.

1970s Dressmaking Pattern Pictures 1

Pictures and text about Dress styles of the early mid 1970s.

Late 1970s College Picture

About 300 women between 18 and 65 and showing female  hairstyles. C 1977.


1970s Dressmaking Pattern Pictures 2

Pictures of Trouser Suits styles of the early mid 1970s.

1970s Dressmaking Pattern Pictures 3

Mixed pictures, skirts styles, maxi dresses, children's dresses.

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