the Hippie - Peasant look
The peasant look killed the space age look. Yves Saint Laurent's gypsy
collection was gay, colorful, soft, and exotic. In 12 months the space age
look disappeared and was replaced with flower power, hippies, and a return
to earth lifestyle.
Students wore long flowing hair and faded denim jeans
with army surplus shirts and combat jackets at anti-war rallies. The no
make-up look and swirling psychedelic patters became popular. Afghans and
Kaftans became popular and transparent silks were manufactured and worn
draped around the body. Beaded accessories were sold in elegant stores.
Fashion shows exhibited fringe and tassel dresses worn with head bands and
sold in exclusive stores.
the end of the decade cheap, flamboyant clothes became expensive designer
labels. The hippie style became high fashion, in fact 'anti-fashion' became
the biggest fashion of all. Flower
power and free love were the main ideas of the Hippies. They were
rebelling against the establishment. India
influenced the hippie movement. LSD and hallucinogenic drugs were the
inspiration for the psychedelic patterns popular in tie-died fashions. In
1969, from August 14th to the 17th, 400,000 people turned up at Woodstock; it
was the Summer of Love. "Make love, not war" was the catchcry.
There were peace signs, daisies, and love hearts everywhere. Time magazine
called it "the great ground swell of popular movements that affect
the minds and values of a generation or more."