Tuesday, May 1, 2012

An Education in the early 60s: Part 1

   I watched An Education recently and it's become a film favourite for me. There were so many great things about the it from the script to the acting, but being a lover of fashion, those beautiful dresses just could not escape my notice. I have to admit that my knowledge of fashion history is pretty much limited to 16th century England, so fashion of the 1960s was a new discovery for me.

   The film takes place in 60s London and focuses on a girl played by Carey Mulligan who is introduced to a world of the upper class when she falls in love with a wealthy man. She is entranced by the art, the music, the outings, the clothing Rosamund Pike's character dresses her up in, etc. I was personally captivated by the natural and effortlessly chic silhouettes and details. They left me wanting to find out more about early 60s fashion.

Source: http://www.imdb.com

   The early 60s is a sometimes overlooked period that came before the arrival of counter culture and the hippies. Many of the defining style icons of the time presented classy but progressive images, like Jacky Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, and Jean Shrimpton.

Source: http://jeanshrimpton.tumblr.com

   This period in time saw the popularization of the mod look, which took hold of fashion through things like fitted and tailored pieces, flat shoes, and simplification of accessories. Shorter hairstyles became more popular and focus of makeup was on the eyes.

Source: http://www.vam.ac.uk
Source: http://thelifeinpink.wordpress.com


   Fashion of the 50s was not let go of immediately. This included A-lines and the sack dress, which evolved into shifts and minidresses in the 60s. From a modern perspective, it's difficult to see any of this as drastic progression, but it was nonetheless a great leap towards modern fashion.

16 comments:

  1. i love these styles! i wish i lived back then just to wear those dresses!

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  2. I'll check my mom's old dresses :D

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  3. I loved the movie An Education! Love Carey Mulligan. She is a darling.

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  4. I absolutely love your blog! I definitely love the fashion of the 50s reinvented to modern trends (:

    xoxo,
    Cindy C.
    http://styleologie.blogspot.com/

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  5. chanced upon your blog and enjoy reading it! :)

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  6. I love this post, and I really love your blog! The 60s is so inspiring and I'm glad youve seen that and made a post of it! I'm now following your blog! Could you please follow me back? http://zoefashioncity.blogspot.com/

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  7. This is the second time I've heard about An Education this week, after reading this post I'm planning to watch it ASAP!

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  8. Ohh thank you for this informational post!

    xx
    Amanda
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  10. Haven't seen that film yet but it's on my list!

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  11. Love that kind of looks! so girly and elegant!!
    I just found your blog and fall in love!
    like to follow each other! hope so!
    I already follow you!!
    I would like to stay in contact with you! =)

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  13. I love that film! Carey Mulligan is beautiful

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  14. So chic!

    xx,
    Sandra @ Blasfemmes.com

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