Monday, May 17, 2010

ROXY: Post 5: The Mini Skirt

The miniskirt was the defining fashion symbol of "Swinging London" in the 60s and more recently has been labeled alongside other British icons such as Big Ben and Pride and Prejudice as a British National Treasure. Before that time, short skirts were only seen in sport clothing, such as skirts worn by female tennis players.

The miniskirt was further popularized by André Courrèges, who developed it separately and incorporated it into his Mod look, for spring/summer 1965. His miniskirts were less body-hugging, and worn with the white "Courrèges boots" that became a trademark. By introducing the miniskirt into the haute couture of the fashion industry, Courrèges gave it a greater degree of respectability than might otherwise have been expected of a street fashion.

An André Courrèges miniskirt.

Fashion designer Rudi Gernreich was among the first U.S. designers to offer miniskirts.

1 comment:

  1. Such a defining sight of the era! You dont really realise how iconic an image is until someone points it out.

    (totally want to see that movie!)