The 1960s was a revolutionary decade. It highlighted an era of change and post-war citizen awareness. People, especially the youth, dressed in a way to express rebellion at fixed and commonly accepted notions and social norms. They experimented and handled trial and error with a sense of responsibility for their actions. It was also a time when the world acknowledged the strength of economy and people to remain resilient. The 1960s witnessed a major paradigm shift in the way the world viewed experiment and innovation. It was an era that paved the stage for the 'information and communication revolution' that ushered in the 21st century. The fashion naturally displayed the innermost recesses of the human psyche that was going through much change. The changes associated with women empowerment, various issues relating to human rights and racial equality were reflected in the acceptance of casual, comfortable attire.
Who were the Hippies
Hippies were part of a youth movement, composed of young adults and teenagers between the ages of 15 and 25. These youngsters or hippies rebelled and criticized middle class values, embraced aspects of non-Judeo-Christian religions, opposed the Vietnam War, promoted sexual liberation, and created intentional communities, often considering their tribe as a new religious movement. Hippies favored "peace, love, and personal freedom over political and social orthodoxy.
The hippies fashion was embraced by the youth and even seniors across the continents, in the 1960s. The focus of the decade and years later was on the vibrancy of the apparel and accessories and not on what others thought about a particular appearance. People, in general, sported clothes that they felt expressed themselves and their individualism and not for sake of pleasing the regular line of fashion. The empowering rock music and world-wide protests against social stigmas like apartheid churned out the blue jeans and denim. It was the age of casual attire; an...
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