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1960s

1960s

High hemlines, boxy shapes and PVC - the 1960s is when style discovered its mojo. The biggest development of the decade in terms of fashion? Skirt length - it jumped from below-the-knee poodle to upper-thigh pelmet thanks to the pioneering not to mention daring cut of designer Mary Quant. In many ways the 1960s simplified fashion - the tendency to accessorise heavily was replaced by a happiness let shape and colour take central stage. Short shift dresses dazzled with monochrome pattern and psychedelic print while space and sub-culture were huge influences on design. By the end of the decade, however, androgyny was the look du jour thanks to Audrey Hepburn's fondness of skinny jeans. The actress remained an icon throughout the decade and was joined by Jane Birkin, Edie Sedgewick and Natalie Wood to name just a few. Models of the moment were Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, Brigitte Bardot was the ultimate sex symbol and everything was documented by photographers Cecil Beaton and David Bailey. 

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