Is Mini Skirt Still in Fashion

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Name: Anuradha Walpitagama
Batch No: 45
ID No: 280-AD-Jan 2011

Name: Anuradha Walpitagama
Batch No: 45
ID No: 280-AD-Jan 2011

Is Mini Skirt still in fashion?
Is Mini Skirt still in fashion?

Fashion in 1950 – 70 era
Is Mini Skirt still in fashion? Today we are in the 21st century in an era where the fashion is at its peak. The fashion industry has developed so fast during the last decade. This is mainly due to the development of technology. The Mini Skirt emerged during the late 1950 & was very popular between 1950 to 1970 20th century can be named as the era where there was a significant development of the fashion industry. During this century the world experienced two world wars and this itself brought immense economic and social restrictions in the world. The world wars were one of the major factors for the industrial boom during this era and during this period women acquired improved economic status and the vote. The life span of humans increased due to the advancement of medicine. Development of communication & travel has made the world small. The advancement of technology was the most significant factor for the development of fashion. Let us see what this mini skirt is. As the name implies a miniskirt can be defined as a skirt which is very short with a hemline well above the knee level. In general a miniskirt is about 12 inches to 15 inches in height. A Micro Miniskirt is also a type of a mini skirt which is even shorter than a Miniskirt. During this era talent was a main requirment for success. For the first time ever in any fashion era, the young generation became the leaders of fashion.  They introduced lot of new and radically innovative fashion styles, with little girl woman unisex looks for women that swept away the sophisticated sweater girls of the early sixties.  The mini-skirt was created by an English seamstress, Mary Quant. When Mary was a child, she never had a liking for the boring, straight laced heavy clothes worn by adults. When she grew up, she made unconventional attire for herself which was a very short skirt. Mary Quant named this skirt after her favorite make of car the Austin Mini or the so called Mini Minor as the Mini Skirt. In 1955, Mary Quant opened the world's first boutique in London, England. In this boutique she sold "wild and kinky" clothes she made herself, like the ones she wore. In her designs she used bright colors, lots of plastic, and ensured the hemlines were shorter than the "norm". Although they were not "mini-skirts" just yet. Her unique fashions caught on in London. Her designs became known as "mod" clothes. Her unique boutique made her a local celebrity in London. In 1965, the younger girls in London began wearing their skirts extremely short. After noticing this, Mary began designing and manufacturing skirts that were even shorter. She named them "mini-skirts." They became an immediate success.

In 1965 itself, a reputed French designer, Andre Courreges, brought the "mini-skirt" and "go-go" boots to the scene of fashion. This turned Mary's "mini-skirt" into a world-wide fad. Influential women such as models and movie stars began wearing these fashions. However, the largest American clothing manufacturers still were not sure whether to invest in the "mini-skirt" until later in 1965 when Jackie Kennedy the first lady was seen wearing one in public. The first lady was often described as glamorous, timeless, classy and polished. After her appearance in this style, "mini-skirts" became a very popular fashion. The fad of "mini-skirts" lasted for more than a decade. However, it changed the idea of what was acceptable for women's clothes. There's no doubt that the 60s fashion has a major influence on today's styles. The 60s are well-known to be the most fashion conscious times in our history of clothing. Styles from the 60s are still being worn by women today. Almost all young girls, teens and even grown women sport at least one...
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