The Birth and Legacy of 1960s Fashion: From the Miniskirt to Flower Power

TLDR The 1960s fashion revolution was marked by the invention of the miniskirt, popularized by Gene Shrimpton's scandalous appearance at the Melbourne Racecourse. This era also saw the rise of Carnaby Street, Twiggy as a fashion icon, the influence of The Beatles, and the embrace of flower power and a more feminized look for men, leaving a lasting impact on fashion.

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00:00 Gene Shrimpton caused outrage and scandal by wearing a short dress without stockings or gloves to the Melbourne Racecourse on Derby Day, which is seen as the moment the miniskirt was invented.
05:13 The miniskirt and mini dresses emerged as a result of a more sexualized and childlike sexuality in the 1960s, with Gene Shrimpton's appearance at the Melbourne Racecourse in 1965 being the moment when it exploded into global consciousness and became emblematic of the exciting new British fashion.
09:54 Carnaby Street in London became famous in the 1960s for its cheap and rundown boutiques, particularly for men's fashion, with John Stephen being known as the "king of Carnaby Street" for selling brightly colored and jolly clothes.
14:14 John Stephen's shops on Carnaby Street were cheap, cheerful, and brightly colored, and they became popular among tourists visiting Swinging London in the 1960s.
18:37 Twiggy, a teenager from Neesden, became the face of 66 and a symbol of the fashion revolution in Swinging London, despite not having any formal modeling training or coming from a posh background.
22:51 Twiggy, the face of 66 and the symbol of the fashion revolution in Swinging London, was given the nickname "Twiggy" by her friends and became a sensation despite not looking like most women and the rejection of womanhood and motherhood in the late 60s.
27:17 The image of womanhood presented in the mid to late 60s, celebrated as liberated and exciting at the time, now looks exploitative and distasteful.
32:28 The Beatles' influence on fashion in the late 60s was evident in their shift towards a Victorian aesthetic, which was in contrast to the popular Dolly Bird and Twiggy looks of the time, and their embrace of Victorian fashion coincided with a growing fascination with late Victoriana in the 60s.
36:46 The late 60s saw a fascination with the East and a general reaction against industrial modernity, with the hippie movement and anti-Vietnam War protests influencing fashion trends such as the use of flowers and the adoption of a more feminized look for men.
41:25 Bieber, a flower-powerish boutique run by Barbara Hulanicki, was ahead of its time in selling the fashion of 1968 in 1964 and became the most fashionable and celebrated clothing shop in London by the end of the 60s.
46:23 Bieber, the popular clothing shop in London, moved into larger locations and eventually closed in 1975, marking the end of the 60s fashion era, which was later replaced by punk and new romantic styles.
50:55 The fashion of the 60s, specifically the cult of youth, has had a lasting impact and is still highly regarded today.
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