A Rev­o­lu­tion in Cul­ture and Fash­ion Hap­pened

PS Magazine - - POP CULTURE, NEWS, AND EVENTS FROM PAST DECADES -

In 1965, Lon­don-based fash­ion designer Mary Quant de­buted the miniskirt in New York City at a fash­ion event called “Youthquake.” Ms. Quant came up with the dar­ing new style, which showed off a woman’s thighs, af­ter she ob­served young women in her Lon­don neigh­bor­hood roll up the waist­bands of their skirts to make the hem­lines even higher than the knee-bar­ing styles. From then on, the miniskirt be­came one of the defin­ing fash­ions of the era.

Around the same time, mas­ter hair­styl­ist Vi­dal Sas­soon, who part­nered with Ms. Quant to de­fine the 1960s “mod” style, opened his first hair sa­lon in the US on New York City’s Madi­son Av­enue. His geo­met­ric hair­cuts lib­er­ated women of their long tresses, and he did away with the hours spent on hair main­te­nance.

Above: Amer­i­can model Peggy Mof­fitt sport­ing a Vi­dal Sas­soon hair­cut, bright pink stock­ings, and black- and­grey tweed miniskirt and jacket on Oc­to­ber 7, 1965.

Left: Fash­ion designer Mary Quant hav­ing her hair cut by hair­dresser Vi­dal Sas­soon.

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