1960s Space Age fashion – a retrospective

IN the 1960s, fashion designers looked to the stars for inspiration. The Space Race was well underway. Fashion would harness the spirit of the rocketeers with sleek lines, shiny fabrics and the chance to see the world through visors.

Will Kane

Never get lipstick in your eyes ever again.

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You say, cutting-edge fashion. We say, best to check the machine for red socks before washing your Star Wars Storm Troopers armour.




Why do they stare, Marcie? Why?

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The England cricket team ordered hundreds of these.

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ÚBOK, Žena a Moda, April 1969.

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Rudy Gernriech Space-Age Vinyl collection for Wards, 1966.




Pierre Cardin, March 1966

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John Bates, 1966

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Raquel Welch for Pierre Cardin, 1969

Boob job… What boob job?

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Pierre Cardin, 1968

Men. Why do fashion designers hate men?

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Pierre Cardin for NRC Couture, March 1967

Stand still, love, I need to rest me pint.

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Peggy Moffitt for Rudi Gernreich

From the provisional IRA For Her range.




Peggy Moffitt and friends.

It stops her biting the stitches.

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Jean Shrimpton




Spotter: Swinging Sixties

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