Fabulous Fashions of the 1960s
Written by Felicia Lowenstein Niven
Go-go boots, beehive hair and bell-bottom pants! The fashions of the 1960s were casual, breaking away from the formal looks of the older generation. This book examines not only the fashions of the era, but some of the social conditions that contributed to styles. The 60s were a time of change. Designers experimented with advances in fabrics and other materials such as plastic, vinyl, and even paper. They used bright colors and bold patterns. Elements of Africa, Asia and India, as well Native Americans, appeared in clothing styles. Some hairstyles were bigger than the bouffant of the 50s and some were straight even if a person’s hair was naturally curly. Men’s fashions were more relaxed, too. No more hats! A man could wear a turtleneck sweater or a Nehru jacket and still be fashionable. Designers got ideas from such things as the Beatles and Woodstock. This was a time when small boutiques and individuals with artistic ideas could affect what was popular to wear.
An insightful look into how people looked in the 1960s and why. A reading worksheet could be easily written using the table of contents and chapter subheadings as an outline to demonstrate the skill of writing from an outline as a literacy activity. The photographs are a good representation of the time. The book includes a timeline summarizing all the decades of the series, a glossary, a list of readings and internet addresses and an index. Fun series.