The 1960s was a time of change, war, revolution, and new visions on the way the world should be. The Civil rights movement was finally seeing the transformation it’s people had been waiting for, the youth were looking for a new way of life through music, love, and the concept of peace throughout the world, and the new genre of “hippie” was born. The Kennedy’s controlled the political realm, influencing the country to become as great as it could be, and the Space Race brought about the most technological advancements in science the Untied States had ever seen. All of the political, social, and economical changes influenced another great aspect of the decade, the fashion. The new clothing designs were more provocative, anti-establishment, full of personal expression, and were made to shift away from the conservative look of the 1950s. The events that mark the era of the 1960s all had a profound effect upon the fashion styles that were created for the decade.
During the late 1940s the Baby Boom was sweeping across America, emitting a new generation. The offspring that the baby boomers conceived had their teenage years during the 1960s; they alone were one of the greatest influences of the decade. “The post World War II Baby Boom had created 70 million teenagers for the sixties, and these youth swayed the fashion, the fads and the politics of the decade.” (Peter) With such a large amount of youth during this time, the opinion of the young-minded Americans is what ruled the country.
The Civil Rights Movement had been developing before the 1960s, beginning with Rosa Parks not giving up her bus seat to a white man in 1955. (“Martin Luther King”) It wasn’t until the sixties that the revolution of the Civil Rights Movement truly began. Martin Luther King Jr. was the leading face behind the push towards equality for all, to be able to live in a world filled without hatred, without segregation, and without the fear being denied basic human right...