By Carlynn McCormick
Fashion is art—but art does not stand alone. Like everything in the universe, it depends on the relationship between its human and non-human parts—and the games that unfold among these elements.
During the decades, from the 60s through the 90s, the influence of television, movies, and musicians, was unmistakably evident when it came to fashion.
For example, taking a cue from the Nancy Sinatra’s 1966 song, These Boots are Made for Walkin,’ French designer Andre Courreges created a fashion worn in nightclubs worldwide—the celebrated go-go boots.
Another example is the 1970 movie Love Story, which brought Ali MacGraw’s sophisticated preppy styles into the limelight of fashion. Then in 1977, in tune with Diane Keaton’s outfits worn in the movie Annie Hall, women started wearing baggy pants, men’s ties and hats. Also, in the 70s, Farah Fawcett of TV’s Charlie’s Angels inspired feathered-cut hairstyles.
In the 80s, five seasons of Miami Vice made woman’s pantsuits with silky camisoles a fashion trend, along with off-the-shoulder sweatshirts in neon, or blouses with bat wing sleeves. Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses rocketed in sales after Tom Cruise wore them in the 1986 movie Top Gun.
In the 90s, Madonna’s cone bra designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for her Blond Ambition Tour became a much copied look.
Literally volumes could be written on the many ways entertainment influenced fashion and at least one volume could be written on the way political decisions affected fashion.
This book touches on famous fashion designers—a sample of their designs—and movies that exhibit decades of fashions; included are some of the events that helped shape the times.
Word Corner Publishing, 61 pgs, paperback or download