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Peggy Moffitt

The top American model of the 1960s, Peggy Moffitt was a startling innovator who didn't just wear fashions, she inspired them. The daughter of screenwriter Jack...

Rudi Gernreich

Like his art world contemporary Andy Warhol, Rudi Gernreich was a modern visionary and shrewd press manipulator. He guaranteed himself media exposure with sound...

Polo shirts

The alligator, the crocodile, the tiger, the swan, and the fox (and in Australia, the penguin) . . . All these mascots were proud to...

Hush Puppies

Before Hush Puppies Shoes revolutionised the footwear market in 1958 with their super-soft comfort sole and the forgiving stretch of pigskin suede, there were...

False Eyelashes

False eyelashes were already a common accessory for women by the 1960s, but when Twiggy’s long and lush lashes made her famous, girls wanted...

Duffle Coats

John Partridge, a British purveyor of outerwear, began to design and offer the duffle coat for sale in 1887. The look back then was...

Chelsea Boots

First appearing in the 1960s, Chelsea boots featured a slim, ankle-high top with a wedge block heel. The boot returned heels to the fashion...

A-Line Dresses

The A-line was first introduced by Christian Dior in 1955, but the style was too extreme a departure from the tiny waist, full skirt...

Afghan Coats

The Afghan Coat was a fur-lined and trimmed sheepskin or goatskin coat, sometimes with intricate embroidery decoration, but often crudely made. Particularly loved by hippies...

Sweaters

  The soft fuzzy feeling of a sweater comforted many a lady and her beau in the backseat of Dad's car in the 1950s. Female sex...

Ballerina Pumps

It all started with a simple request. "All-American look" fashion designer Claire McCardell commissioned dance shoe manufacturer Capezio to create a comfortable, yet fashion-savvy...

Wallet Chains

The concept of a wallet chain came from 1950s biker culture when leather and metal combined to create the fearsome image of bike gangs. Like...

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Surfing

Once the ancient sport of Hawaiian kings, modern surfing became synonymous with the slacker lifestyle. But it wasn’t laziness that drove these surfers to...

Wasteland

The gameplay of Warlords (from Interplay) revealed the strong Dungeons & Dragons role-playing influence on the generation of game programmers throughout the early 1980s. These...

Custom Vans

Whether you were travelling in the Mystery Machine with Scooby Doo and crew, or just pulling bongs in the back of a Dodge Econoline...

Robert Crumb

Born on 30 August 1943, the son of a Marine Corps father and housewife mother, Robert Crumb and his two older brothers rejected the...

Moors Murderers

Between 1963 and 1965, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were responsible for the abduction, sexual abuse, and murder of two children and a 17-year-old...