1960s fashion

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Marked by sweeping social change, the 1960s saw the birth of the modern age. Our collection of 1960s fashion charts the irreverent designs and innovative designers that defined a decade – from the iconic mini-skirt to the disposable dress, 'peacock' styles for men and the youth fashion revolution.

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Spanning the shift from 'Mod' style through Space Age to hippy chic, this eye-popping collection features the work of many of the decade's most iconic designers – including Mary Quant, Barbara Hulanicki (Biba), Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin, André Courrèges, Pierre Cardin and Michael Fish.

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Photo of Maxi length culotte evening dress, Emilio Pucci, 1968. Italy. Museum no. T.337-1997. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Maxi length culotte evening dress, Emilio Pucci, 1968. Italy. Museum no. T.337-1997. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Suede jerkin, made by Mirandi, retailed at Hung on You, 1968 – 9, England. Museum no. T.313-1979. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Suede jerkin, made by Mirandi, retailed at Hung on You, 1968 – 9, England. Museum no. T.313-1979. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Leather ankle boots, André Courrèges, 1965, France. Museum no. T.109-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Leather ankle boots, André Courrèges, 1965, France. Museum no. T.109-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Mini-dress, Biba, 1967, England. Museum no. T.12-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mini-dress, Biba, 1967, England. Museum no. T.12-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Jersey mini dress, Mary Quant, about 1967, England. Museum no. T.86-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Jersey mini dress, Mary Quant, about 1967, England. Museum no. T.86-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Mini dress, Jeff Banks, 1968, England. Museum no. T.95-1981. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mini dress, Jeff Banks, 1968, England. Museum no. T.95-1981. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Double-breasted corduroy suit, designed by Mr Fish, made by Hexter, about 1968, England. Museum nos T.310/T.310A-1979. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Double-breasted corduroy suit, designed by Mr Fish, made by Hexter, about 1968, England. Museum nos T.310/T.310A-1979. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of PVC optical shift dress, Stephen Willats, 1965, UK. Museum no. T.19-1991. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
PVC optical shift dress, Stephen Willats, 1965, UK. Museum no. T.19-1991. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Skirt suit, Foale and Tuffin, 1964, England. Museum no. T.43:1-2010/T.43:2-2010. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Skirt suit, Foale and Tuffin, 1964, England. Museum no. T.43:1-2010/T.43:2-2010. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Silvered plastic bag, designed by Sally Jess, 1966, England. Museum no. T.332-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Silvered plastic bag, designed by Sally Jess, 1966, England. Museum no. T.332-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Men's lizard skin shoes, designed by Mandy Wilkins and Richard Smith for Chelsea Cobbler, 1968 – 9, England. Museum no. T.491-1985. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Men's lizard skin shoes, designed by Mandy Wilkins and Richard Smith for Chelsea Cobbler, 1968 – 9, England. Museum no. T.491-1985. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of 'Cosmos' day ensemble, Pierre Cardin, 1967, France. Musuem no. T.75-T.75F-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
'Cosmos' day ensemble, Pierre Cardin, 1967, France. Musuem no. T.75-T.75F-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Fuz sunglasses, Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, 1964, UK. Museum no. T.244D-1990. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Fuz sunglasses, Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, 1964, UK. Museum no. T.244D-1990. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Ornament for clothes or body, Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins, 1966 – 7, Museum no. M.26-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Ornament for clothes or body, Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins, 1966 – 7, Museum no. M.26-2015. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Paper dress, manufactured by Dispo (Meyersohn & Silverstein Ltd), designed by Diane Meyersohn and Joanne Silverstein, 1967, England. Museum no. T.181-1986. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Paper dress, manufactured by Dispo (Meyersohn & Silverstein Ltd), designed by Diane Meyersohn and Joanne Silverstein, 1967, England. Museum no. T.181-1986. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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