The Fashion Sourcebooks: the 1960s, Paperback

The Fashion Sourcebooks: the 1960s Paperback

Part of the Fashion Sourcebooks S. series

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In the 1960s, "youth" was the watchword. Skirts became shorter and shorter until in 1965 the mini was born with the quintessential little-girl look: neat, flat-chested and long-legged.

By the last years of the decade, the influence of the hippy movement was beginning to be felt in both women's and men's wear, bringing with it bright colours and psychedelic patterns.

This book is part of a series charting the development of women's and men's clothing from 1900 onwards.

It includes complete descriptions of each garment and accessories, itemizing colour, cut, necklines, lapels, sleeves, pockets, fastenings, buttons and belts.

The year-by-year format progresses through day wear, evening wear, sportswear, leisurewear, underwear, negligee and wedding wear.

The text is accompanied by costume drawings by John Peacock, and includes a chart summarizing the evolution of fashion, garment shapes and biographies of the outstanding designers of the decade.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64 pages, 332 illustrations
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fashion design & theory
  • ISBN: 9780500280409



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Another of John Peacock's books depicting fashion of one era or another. The good news is this is one of the few places you can find modern fashions in a form that's fairly easy to study. The bad news is threefold. First of all, Mr. Peacock draws all figures as elongated, small-headed people who wear clothing from the 20s, 30s, and 70s very well indeed, but they don't show the clothing as it actually looked on real people. Secondly, this volume and the corresponding volume, [Fashion Sourcebooks 1970s] are scant, at best. A better choice are the two larger volumes by the same author, divided into mens and womens wear, and encompassing the century rather than a single decade. Finally, the fashions shown in Mr. Peacocks works are NOT representative of the clothing worn by most people in the eras depicted. They ARE, however, a good representation of the product emanating from Design Houses. If you are content with "Fashion" being interpreted as "Designer Fashion" only, then these are the books for you. If you're looking for the clothing the common man wore, take a look at the Sears Catalog books that are readily available.

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