What are a few historical events of the 1960s that influenced fashion?This is for my Fashion Marketing class.

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linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are a few of the events that you might say influenced fashion:

  • the Beatles came to the US--before the Beatles, most American boys had crew cuts; after the Beatles, many boys let their hair grow.
  • the election of JFK--first lady Jacqueline Kennedy influenced women's fashion for many years.
  • atomic testing on the Bikini Atoll--the swimsuit was named for this tiny island
  • the women's rights movement--women started going without a bra.
  • the civil rights movement--many African Americans began wearing dashikis (visit the link below) as a symbol of pride and heritage.
  • Woodstock--ok, so maybe the fashion influenced the festival, but you've got to say that Woodstock and the hippie movement go together.

The whole decade was a time of change in every aspect of life. Visit the links below for more information.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Another historical event was the burning of the bras by Gloria Steinheim and other feminists.  Their doing so affected looser shirts for women and more tailored clothing in general.

parkerlee eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A British textile shortage was the underlying reason for the commercializing the miniskirt!

bjmbell | Student
Baby Boomers were born after World War II became teenagers.  In the United States, 50%of the population was under 25.  This groups gained emormous cultural power during the 60s. The 60-70’s catered Teenagers spent $3.5 billion on clothing in 1965 alone. The trickle up theory (where fashion trends are started at lower socioeconomic levels and go up to higher socioeconomic levels) was definitely the defining fashion trend theory happening in the late 1950s and 1960s. I think that it is still the most defining - and it started during the 60s.