1960s Paper Dress Fad

Have I told you that I love the 1960s? It’s one of my favorite decades. I’m over at Raincoast Creative Salon with another Fashion One-Oh-One post — this time on an aspect of the 1960s!


Dress, by Poster Dress, Ltd., late 1960s, from Metropolitan Museum of Art

So much changed during that decade socially and culturally, resulting in big shifts in fashion. This offers fashion historians a lot of meat to work with.

For my most recent post on Raincoast, I chose to share a bit about paper dresses — an odd fad that emerged out of the 1960s disposable culture. Head over to Raincoast Creative Salon to learn about them!

Exhibition File – Biba and Beyond: Barbara Hulanicki

Part of the Youthquake movement that hit London in the 1960s, Biba was a high street store like no other. It personified everything cool in the 60s and 70s and was a place where teens could shop along side their idols — models like Twiggy, celebrities like Cathy McGowan, and musicians like David Bowie, Cher, and the Rolling Stones.

Biba started as a mail-order service by fashion designer Barbara Hulanicki. When the first shop opened in 1964, it was a place where the average young woman could buy cheap clothes resembling what celebrities wore. Hulanicki’s mod clothing could create a frenzy among its customers when a new outfit arrived. In 1974, Big Biba, a department store in an Art Deco building, opened. Its departments included children’s, men’s, food, home, and a book store along with young women’s fashions. Hulanicki held exotic parties on the store’s roof.

The exhibition Biba and Beyond: Barbara Hulanicki looks at this cultural and fashion landmark and the woman behind it. The show at the Brighton Museum includes illustrations, film, fashion, music, photography, and ephemera from collectors and individuals who shared in the Biba experience. It runs until April 14.

Address: Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10-5
Admission: adults £6, children and members free
Website: www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk/WhatsOn/Pages/BMAGBiba22Sep12to14Apr13.asp

Exhibition File – The Total Look

The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Caxton is a multimedia exhibition currently on display at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art. I thought it was fitting to share this exhibition today following my post from Tuesday.

It celebrates the fashion designer Rudi Gernreich, his muse and model Peggy Moffitt, and photographer William Claxton. The three worked together throughout the 1960s and 1970s to create images that influenced fashion, pop culture, and minimal and performance art. “The exhibition features selected looks from Moffitt’s collection, with films and photographs by Claxton of Moffitt modeling [Gernreich’s] clothes.”

The Total Look runs until October 7.

Address: 601 Turner Blvd, Savannah, Georgia
Hours: Sunday 12-5, Tuesday-Wednesday 10-5, Thursday 10-8, Friday 10-5, Saturday 12-5
Admission: adults $10, seniors and military $8, college students and SCAD alumni $5, SCAD students/faculty/staff and children under 14 free
Website: scadmoa.org/art/exhibitions/2012/rudi-gernreich-peggy-moffitt-william-claxton