Fashion in 1960
The typical daytime look for women in
1960 began with a high bulbous hat over a high bouffant
coiffure or a short bob with points on the cheeks, and
then extended from sloping shoulders and deep armholes
into a wide-sleeved, rounded jacket tapered in at the
hemline. For evening there was a slender, long-waisted
dress, often with an overblouse. Short, full-skirted
party dresses had elongated bodices and the skirts were
shaped to focus interest near the hem. Culottes, divided
skirts, and trim trouser skirts were introduced for
travel, street wear, and evenings at home.
"Amused and amazed" was how one reporter
described the reaction of Madame Khrushchev (center, in
dark dress), wife of the Soviet Premier, as she attended
a fashion show in Vienna, Austria, in 1960.
A velvet one-piece hostess suit with velvet
overskirt lined in satin, from the fall 1960 collection
This satin overblouse features a Persian garden
design embroidered in jewels. The skirt has a jeweled
panel on the back. The outfit was designed by Jean
The zebra coat was inspired by a Franz Kline
painting (seen to the right of the model) exhibited at
the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, New
York. The coat was designed by Jacques Kaplan.
A cruise costume of Irish linen by Karen Stark.
The sleveless bodice is appliques in a silk print which
also lines the jacket.
An Italian woolen jersey dress by Mirsa Fashion
House. The hip-length jacket is trimmed with embroidered
A travel costume from the Association of Canadian
Couturiers features an overblouse and coat lining of wool
hopsacking. The outside of the coat is wool fleece.
A dress and jacket of reversible cashmere by
Robert Paterson of London. The jacket is lined in printed
mohair to match the bodice of the dress.
French party dresses of printed muslin in
combinations of colors. The tiered skirts are meant to
draw attention to the short hemlines. Designed by Chanel
Britannica Book of the Year 1961
Chicago: Encyclopędia Britannica, 1961
the Year 1960
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