Looking at the 60's

When I was a kid, I thought the 60's were a pretty irrelevant era. The 50's had soda shops and poodle skirts, the 70's had hippies, the 80's had big hair, and the 60's had...??? Now, I have so much appreciation for the decade. There were so many iconic revolutions in social movements and pop culture that are so interesting historically and visually. I draw so much inspiration from the 60s, and hopefully I can show you some of the highlights!!

One of my favorite aspects of the 60's is the Counterculture movement. It's an anti-war reaction to the Vietnam War and a push against the rigidity of the 50's. Young people in particular began to reject authority and advocate for social justice, sex, and drug use, which kind of parallels todays teenage activism! Back then, rock was religion and dropout rates were on the rise. This free spirited civil disobedience culminated at Woodstock. I talked about counterculture a lot in the 13th issue of Sawyer, 'Hair' (a musical that really defined the era/one of my favorite things ever).

In the 60's, we were given legendary films like Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Cleopatra (1963), The Graduate (1967, one of my personal favorites!), A Man For All Seasons (1966), Midnight Cowboy (1969), My Fair Lady (1964), Night of the Living Dead (1968), The Pink Panther (1963), Psycho (1960), The Sound of Music (1965), Valley of the Dolls (1967), and West Side Story (1961).

Music ranged from girl groups (the Ronettes, the Supremes, the Paris Sisters, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles), Surf Rock (think the Beach Boys), Rock n' Roll/Psychadelic Rock (The Rolling Stones, The Who, the Byrds), Bob Dylan, and The Beatles. The fact that these groups are still so widely beloved today really speaks towards their significance! 

On TV, you could catch new episodes of the Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, The Wonderful World of Disney, Bonanza, Batman, The Dick Van Dyke Show, the Fugitive, the Jetsons, the Flintstones, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and more.

Politically, JFK was elected in 1960, and was assassinated in '63. VP Lyndon B. Johnson and his 'Great Society' took over, followed by Nixon in 1969. The Cold War was in full swing, as was Martin Luther King Jr.'s nonviolent civil rights movement. Meanwhile, Malcom X's African-American activism preached a complete separation of the races and defense "by all means necessary." The Stonewall Riots also took place in Greenwich Village in 1969, marking a turning point in the LGBT+ rights movement. The Feminine Mystique (by Betty Friedan) was published, sparking a new wave of the feminist movement. 

Finally, the 60's gave way to some incredible styles, like the beehive and afros, hippies decked out in bell bottoms and patterns, mod fashions (see: Brigitte Bardot), and bright colors. 

To close off, I've included some current culture and fashion that's been inspired by the iconic era, including fashion shows, music + movies, and more. The 60s truly live on, and I couldn't be happier. In order: an ig by Rihanna captioned "the 60s started it,"  Black Mirror's 'USS Callister,' Ariana Grande's 'Problem' music video, @annesophiecosta on Instagram,a Violet Chachki/Miss Fame shoot (which I suspect to be inspired by a 1962 Harper's Bazaar shoot), Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 runway, Moschino Fall 2018 runway, a Dior F/W 2018 show, Anna Sui's Spring 2018 show, and Lana Del Rey.

The 1960's were a blast, and u can't change my mind! More cult classic culture soon, but for now, I gotta split. Easy!

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