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Swinging 60s Fashion - No Skirt was Too Short or Beehive Too High!

Source: Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
Archived 18 Jun 2018 - Posted: 26 Apr 2018
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The swinging 60s was an era of prosperity and rebellion for the young who developed a new and very different interest in fashion, music and nightclubs. After a decade of cinched waists, full skirts and impeccable hair and makeup, many fashion traditions were broken in an act of rebellion, mirroring the momentous social and political changes of the decade.

Fashion became fun, designed by the young for the young and broke away from the exclusivity of haute couture. It was the era where no skirt was too short and no beehive too high.

Cavalcade’s presentation on the Swinging 60s will feature a selection of gowns from this era – miniskirts, cocktail frocks, little black dress, paper dresses, beachwear, underwear and nightwear. Hear the fascinating stories of the time and the women who wore these gowns.

  • Relive the fun and rebellious days of the sixties.
  • Wonder at how short the skirts really were.
  • Laugh at some of the antics the young people got up to.
  • Enjoy a trip down memory lane.

Today we can still thank Jean Shrimpton for bare legs and ‘that’ white mini, Mary Quant for mod prints, Audrey Hepburn and her LBD, Twiggy’s pixie cut and original IT girl Edie Sedgwick for lashings of eyeliner, chandelier earrings and sheer black tights!

Come along and relive the 60s with the Friends of the Gallery’s Cavalcade of History and Fashion themed talk.  Examples from the 60s collection are carried amongst the audience, allowing a closer look at pieces as commentary highlights the background stories!

If you are game wear your favourite 60s inspired do! .

This is an extremely popular presentation and fundraising event for the Friends of the Gallery. The cost of $25 includes afternoon tea provided by Cafe at Lewers.  All funds raised go towards restoration projects managed by Friends of the Gallery

The Cavalcade of Fashion and History houses a collection of original historic gowns and accessories with provenance, dating from the 1700s and helps to preserve Australia’s social and fashion history.


No Skirt is Too Short, No Beehive Too High! Swinging 60s Fashion

Date:
Saturday 26 May 2018

Time:
2 pm 

Venue:
Penrith Regional Gallery, River Road Emu Plains

Tickets:

  • $25 includes afternoon tea provided by Cafe at Lewers
  • To book and pay please contact Fiona Knoke at 4732 8702 or fiona.knoke@penrith.city.
  • Payment is via credit card or cash at the time of booking.
 
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