Exploration of Silhouettes: 1960s through 2010s

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I did my research project on fashion and trends and observed how they change over time. I know from previous knowledge that trends come in cycles, so I used this knowledge to choose other time periods that would have similar trends. The collection of photos I looked at from the archive is from the 1960s and shows a runway show for a charity event. Since this is from the 1960s, I looked at Vogue Runway, which is an archive website that has many high fashion shows going back to the 80s, to collect photos from shows from the 90s and 2010s. The main themes I noticed were repeating was how the silhouette of a tighter-fitting skirt and looser-fitting clothing around the waist. I also noticed how pantsuits and matching sets were common in these time periods, especially in the 60s and the 90s. The 1960s was a decade that was known for change such as the Civil Rights Movement and the second-wave feminist movement from the 60s to the 70s. The 50s have very different silhouettes from the 60s, from the hourglass figure to the flowy skirt. This was called "The New Look" created by Christian Dior in 1947. These new silhouettes introduced in the 60s could be a result of the political change going on. Women were getting more rebellious and started to wear pants and not wearing the "ideal" hourglass figure-hugging dresses.

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