Sixties Fashion

Topics: Rock and roll, Rock music, The Beatles, Pop music, Popular culture / Pages: 12 (2993 words) / Published: Mar 18th, 2008
The Nineteen Sixties

The 1960s was the decade of change, revolution and freedom for both
Britain and America. To many the 60's are remembered as the 'swinging sixties' a golden age, which was enjoyed immensely, but others blame the 1960's for some of the failings in society.

In the mid 1950's Britain was recovering from a long period of economic hardship after a long and draining war. Shortages and austerity were still very much part of everyday life there was little mobility in Britain as most could not afford a car, the choice of radio stations could be counted on one hand all of which catered for adults not children. The concept of consumer choice was simply 'Can I afford it?' or 'do they have it in stock' the answer was usually no to both. Times were hard but this was soon to change.

Britain suddenly seemed to emerge from its gloom, people believed for the first time in years that they could truly leave there troubles behind them. Like the USA, Britain enjoyed full employment and rising living standards. Things seemed to change very rapidly; fashions altered continuously, becoming more extreme. Skirts became shorter and shorter whilst colours became brighter and brighter. Music also changed, artists started to challenge traditional social views. They sang rock and roll music which adults strongly disapproved of, despite which becoming extremely popular with white teenagers. They were starting to think for themselves.

During the late 1950's, early 1960's. The average wage rose by 90% and unemployment dropped dramatically to only 2%! There were many new inventions such as the television, which now, nearly everyone could afford. The newest invention of all was 'the teenager.' Even the word itself was new. In the 1940's teenagers were seen as mini adults who were expected to behave and act as there parents did. By the 1960's teenagers no longer had to follow the fashions and interests of their

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