The 1960’s was a time when big political and social change were occurring and fashion was breaking a lot of rules of its own. The use of chemical stimulants was mainstream and fashion was going along for the ride. It was inevitable that the two would go hand-in-hand since one of the major effects of an LSD “trip” was a heightened appreciation for color, texture and line. Psychedelic fashion enhanced the whole hallucenagenic experience with its bright colors and bold patterns. The late 50’s also saw the emergence of Pop Art, which presented a challenge to the traditions of fine art by blurring the boundaries between high and low culture. Pop Psychedelia combines both psychedelic fashion and pop art with bold colors and graphic abstract imagery as it’s main theme. Inspiration is drawn from established pop artists like Jeff Koons and takashi Murakami, as well as fresh talents like Rory MacArthur. Check out some of the themes of this emerging trend.
1. Flower Power: Traditional 60’s inspired floral prints are twisted into kaleidoscopic patterns combining bold colors and abstract shapes.
2. California Dreaming: This classic 1960s Californian hippy look uses long fluid lines and soft lightweight fabrics to add softness. A feminine silhouette is important, with focus placed on the waist. Mixed-and-matched bright graphic prints complete the look.
3. Hypnotic: This look has an hypnotic effect with optical patterns in bright pops of color or monochromatic schemes that trick the eye.
Pretty groovy, wouldn’t you agree?