Hippies getting 'hitched'
Bizarre 1960's 'Couture'
The Swinging SixtiES
The Teenagers that emerged in the 1960s , being born in the 1940-50s were called
'The Baby Boomer' generation.
This was due to the wide encouragement by governments to entice families to be bigger, this was seen as a way of repopulating the world after the devastating loss of life from the world wars in the early 20th century.
While their older siblings, born in the 1930s & during the war, enjoyed Rock n Roll, going to the movies & dances, record & magazine collecting and had new sweets and hip fashions, calling the older generations 'square' and their peers ' cats' & 'chicks', the younger siblings born after the war & in the 50s, began to make a radical new approach to life, this was reflected in their fashion, music and their
''MAKE LOVE NOT WAR!''
Ironic , as since the war, their mums & dads had been busy doing just that to produce this
The old Haute Couture was 'square'
( Old Fashioned)
Ridged designs that stuck by the rules of the design schools, definitely would have no place in this
BRAVE NEW WORLD!
New designers were breaking the mould in pattern, design and colour!
The shocking 'mini' and kinky boots, was designed to shock!
While mums and dads and older siblings stuck to the 'couture look', the 'snazzy' new young people went out of their way to look different, this fuelled the generation gap.
However 'Couture' still was there only in a new
form that had all the style and quality
but with often far out bizarre touches
( as if to try and fit with this generation)
Today this is termed ' Modernist'.
However these were mostly worn in Paris, London, New York by well to do folk.
This idea of a gap in the generations came by the way of the 'new moral-code'.
The younger did not want a repeat of the elder's way of life. No! they wanted peace & prosperity.
They wanted to break from the ideas of tradition in all its forms. So the creation of the 'gap' enable this distancing and it was formulated by deliberate fashion extremes, totally new music and the idea of free thinking on how to live
your life.They would not be told what
to do by previous generations,
who they deemed had failed
( The Wars & created the Nuclear Bomb)
BAN THE BOMB
Living under the shadow of the nuclear bomb and its ever present fear that some idiot would use it again someday, was a great cause for concern to this young generation . The topsy turvy world they lived in was like this; mum at home keeping the hearth and home, dad working and providing for their future, but at school they did safety drills in case of a nuclear explosion! Living well in prosperity on one hand and the every present fear of annihilation on the other. Humh! Topsy turvy world, no wonder the poems, music and literature was some what unusual or psychedelic!
Many formed groups to champion their causes and express this 'mess' they feel they had inherited.
These counter culture groups often used the mighty pen and not the sword to get their point across.
Beat Niks ( who had been around since late 1940s in Paris) were poets who did not use rhyme ( the traditional formation of poems), they lived freely and often not in regular employment so they could move about the country from
Beat Nik cafe to cafe, dance, make love,
write and smoke. But they often had many poignant things to say in their poems.
The Mods, were the quintessential modern youths, with continental mo-peds made by Vespa, clothes sharp and non-fussy, but quality and smart.They even saw their compatriots as 'old fashioned', those who were Beat Niks, Teddy Boys, Rock n Rollers called Rockers, leather clad bikers who loved the 1950s music and NOT the modern 1960s and later, they disliked the new counter culture movement of The Hippies.
( Deliberately spelt in the plural,
to show inclusivism)
For The Mod's, there's was the motto
'' Out with old in with the new!''
FLOWER POWER & THE HIPPIES
Toward the end of the 1960s, this 'counter culture' went even further from conservatism.
So far in fact that folks began to look to nature for the answers to life.
Movements like The Hippies
( they deliberately used the plural 'ie'
instead of 'y', so as to include all folks,
even in the 'singular'),
embraced love & peace for all mankind.
They 'went back to nature' by using more natural forms of clothing often harping back to medieval or tribal designs. Where they considered the world was better ( Just like the Arts & Crafts Movement of the 1880s, who rebuffed the mass manufacturing of the Industrial Age).
The colours were muted and clean like nature, soft and serene.
Adornments were often simple flowers
( real not fake)
Fake was a definite no, no!
The words of Jesus and Eastern gurus were embraced, as were old pagan ways and living close to nature and attempts to live like that was optimal. The clothes and hair reflected this way of 'spiritual' living, with hair being natural and often never cut including beards.
But above all, one had to be a genuine person
and not a fake!
Music was 'made by bards and composers with new sounds, any sound was cool, even a different way of banging a drum
was praise worthy.
Finding the 'muse' was often helped by smoking and other drugs.
Guru, Prophets & Jesus
Many religious cults ( some dangerous) were formed in the 1960s, many branching from eastern religions, this bought about
The New Age Movement
& many self proclaimed 'prophets' starting their own brand of cult.
And new( or some say original) forms of Christianity ( non- religious) were formed in the 1960s, like The Jesus Movement