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.

Collection Highlights

pyjama dress
Pyjama dress, designed by Emilio Pucci, about 1968, Italy
jerkin
Jerkin, designed by Mirandi Babitz and Clem Floyd, made for Hung On You, 1967, London, England
pair of boots
Leather ankle boots, designed by André Courrèges, 1965, Paris, France
mini-dress
Mini-dress, designed by Biba, 1967, London, England
mini-dress
Jersey mini dress, designed by Mary Quant, 1967, London, England
mini dress
Mini dress, designed by Jeff Banks, about 1967, London, England
dress
Variable Sheets/Optical Shift, dress, designed by Stephen Willats, 1965, UK
skirt suit
Skirt suit, designed by Foale and Tuffin, 1964, London, England
bag
Bag, designed by Sally Jess, 1966, London, England
pair of shoes
Men's lizard skin shoes, designed by Richard Smith and Mandy Wilkins, made for Chelsea Cobbler, 1968 – 9, UK
day ensemble
Cosmos, day ensemble, designed by Pierre Cardin, 1967, Paris, France
sunglasses
Fuz, sunglasses, manufactured by Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, about 1964, UK
ornament
Ornament, designed by Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins, 1966 – 7, London, England
paper dress
Paper dress, designed by Diane Meyersohn and Joanne Silverstein, manufactured by Dispo, 1967, London, England
man's suit
Man's suit, designed by Mr Fish, manufactured by Hexter, about 1968, London, England

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