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 Dessus, Paris.
|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 woolen flowers.
|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 of Paris.
Britannica Book of the Year 1961
Chicago: Encyclopędia Britannica, 1961
the Year 1960
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