It’s hard to remember the meteoric rise of the Beatles without envisioning their grey suits; or picture Marc Bolan’s Ride a White Swan without still being dazzled by the glitter under his eyes.
As the People’s History of Pop is discovering, pop is as much about display, expression and liberation in fashion as it is in music. From psychedelia’s flares to heavy metal’s denim jackets, teenagers trying to find an identity in their formative years looked to music for wardrobe inspiration. Many years later, style trends have come and gone, waistlines may have acquired a few inches but some wardrobes still house those treasured get ups.
PHOP contributor Steve Dymond has shared some of his treasured items from festivals of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
“Hippyish embroidered clothing was all the rage in the late 60’s to mid 70’s. From 1972, typical hippy style garment at festival stalls and Carnaby St type shops was the “granddad vest”.”
“Great fun was to be had too in making my trousers. They were just plain black straights which I laid in the bath and splattered with emulsion paint… just what was left in the bottom of any old tins I could find. I tried to make them a bit arty, with thicker paint around the hems where the colour intensified. I was really pleased with how they turned out, although they were a bit crusty-feeling.”