The Swinging 60's
This era was all about change!
Paris lost it's title as the fashion centre and all eyes were drawn to London for the next big thing.
Young people had a new sense of freedom which they explored through culture, music and fashion and the power balances shifted. They began to make things happen for themselves.
After 30 years of conservative styles, the 60's saw a throwback to the 1920's as hemlines rose up to minuscule proportions and haircuts and figures became more boyish.
The preferred designs of the time were simple, neat, trim and boldly colourful.
Shift dresses and boots were all the rage and hats lost their appeal as something fussy which belonged to an outdated older generation.
It was the decade which saw psychedelic prints, space age designs, op art and the hippie movement emerge. All radical fashion trends at the time.
Dirty Fabulous Vintage 1960's accordian sleeve dress (part of suit)
The 1960's was also a time of some influential partnerships of celebrities and designers:
Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy are probably the most well known although Jackie Kennedy and Oleg Cassini were just as influential. There were also a few models who became worldwide inspirations, most notably, Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton
Image of Jackie Kennedy wearing Oleg Cassin dress from Reto Gran
Dirty Fabulous Vintage 1960's green silk shift dress
There were a few key looks this decade which some saw as the end of good taste!
The hippie look continued and flourished, the punk era emerged and finally 'disco!' was born!!!
I have to say, along with the 80's I have some issues with the 70's...
I love a good floaty maxi dress, some of the glam disco looks and a boho vintage bride can be an utterly beautiful one but after that I have to bow out!
We were so chuffed to see these photos of the stunning Toireasa on her wedding day wearing her Dirty Fabulous dress.
I loved the ethereal frothiness of this 1950's tea length wedding dress and I thing she wore it perfectly! It was teamed with one of our bespoke birdcage veils and rhinestone combs which picked up the rhinestone highlights on the shoulders of the wedding dress.
Congratulations Toireasa and thanks for sending in your photos!
If you have any photos of yourself or others wearing their Dirty Fabulous dresses or accessories, we'd love to see them.
Another favourite era here in Dirty Fabulous.
The war effected everything during these times, and fashion was no exception.
Hem lines once again rose as fabrics were rationed. Most luxurious fabrics like silk were either being utilised by the war effort or the factories which made them were used instead to make ammunition's.
Dirty Fabulous Henri Bendal 1940's duck egg parachute silk gown
Many of the 1940's garments are made out of rayon, synthetic jersey and other man made fabrics.
Dirty Fabulous 1940's ivory crepe wedding dress with rhinestone beading
Fashion was utilitarian and the military influenced the style.
Decadence was a thing of the past, instead sublime tailoring is what made these piece stand out as each item had to last many seasons.
Dior's collection returned to accentuating the female form once more. Waists were nipped in to tiny sizes, busts were worn pert and prominent and skirts were voluminous.
The New Look is undoubtedly my complete favourite and it's appeal lasted right into the 1950's and 60's. It remains one of the most classically appealing vintage styles today.
Dirty Fabulous 1940's slate blue taffeta and tulle evening gown
Dirty Fabulous, New Look, Harry Keiser ivory bridal tea length dress with sequin blue leaf detail
After the sombre war years the 1950's opened with an optimistic outlook which included the fashion industry.
After years of tough work lives that involved little or no dressing to impress, women were ecstatic to again once be able to express their femininity and indulge in a little fashion luxury.
This wasn't welcomed by all women though, as they had finally begun working in positions equal to their male counterparts they just as suddenly were expected to return to their homes and dress to impress.
Hollywood movies once again became exceptionally important to the world of fashion. Who nowadays doesn't love watching a lavish film from the 1950's. The clothing is usually breathtakingly decadent. Just think of Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina and Marilyn Munroe in How to Marry A Millionaire.
Dirty Fabulous is the only place to go to for devine, one of a kind vintage bridal and occasion wear.
Visit us in our city centre showroom and enjoy a glamorous shopping experience!
We will take the chore out of finding that perfect elusive dress. We have an extensive collection of vintage wedding gowns and party dresses from the 1920s to the 1970's and beyond! Dirty Fabulous also has a range of bespoke bird cage veils and headpieces.
Just phone or email now for an appointment, go on, you know you want to!!!