Thirteen unique 1960s fashion outfits are on exhibit accompanied by a timeline featuring dozens of events, people and designers that made up that most transitional decade.
What do Mary Quant, Christiaan Barnard, and Harvey Ross Bell have in common? They all created a major change in the world, and that is only naming a few. Cultural changes, television, music, the movies, Britain and political figures all contributed to the influence on fashion and the world. Designer, Mary Quant, in 1964, created the leg-baring mini-skirt. Christiaan Barnard in 1967, performed the first successful human heart transplant, and Harvey Bell, in 1963, designed the Smiley Face for $45.
Model and trend-setter Twiggy became the poster girl for 1960s style, especially the Mod movement, with her pixie hair and almost-cartoonish eye makeup. Fashion was also influenced by those such as U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy, whose Oleg Cassini coats, suits and pillbox hats made her a timeless style icon, and English actress Jane Birkin, who epitomized the more laidback Swinging 60s look. The period was also known for its futuristic bent and space-age silhouettes (PVC dresses and go-go boots) - thanks to designers like Pierre Cardin and Paco Rabanne.
At the opposite end of the fashion spectrum from the Mods, were the Hippies and their unique style. The hippie counterculture emerged from the West Coast culture of the United States and spread throughout the country from the mid 60s onward. Their fashion represented a rebellion against consumerism and the clothes were often handmade or purchased from flea markets.