Paisley, beads, and fringe: celebrate hippie fashion
As the Woodstock generation challenged the status quo, a cultural revolution was born, and the world of fashion felt the reverberations. For the first time, haute couture designers weren’t dictating all the trends; instead, inspiration for many of the latest styles came from hippies and young people on the street. With their long hair and vibrant mix of ethnic and vintage clothing, hippies created a unique look that trickled up the fashion ladder, even to the runways of the world’s top fashion houses. The fun and colorful fashions that emerged were popularized by iconic rock stars and celebrities of the era: The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Cher. The emerging hippie culture adopted an eclectic, highly individual look, mixing vintage and ethnic clothing with fashions inspired by contemporary psychedelic Pop art, nature, fantasy, and ethnographic art. “Hippie Chic” celebrates the designs of innovative boutiques and young designers and includes 54 ensembles, in materials (crushed velvet, eyelet, satin, leather), techniques and embellishments (tie-dye, patchwork, beads, and fringe), and styles from psychedelic to retro.