1960s Fashion History Costume History Drawings c1964 - 66
By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com
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
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.
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