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Bermuda Shorts

Bermuda Shorts were the strangest male fashion fad to come along in the 1950s. Businessmen would actually wear the big, baggy shorts to work during...

Biba

Designer Barbara Hulanicki began running a mail-order fashion operation in 1964 with her husband Stephen Fitzsimon. They felt that the price of fashion was too...

Big Glasses

Inside you there's a wacky, zany and crazy character just bursting to get out - but your problem is poor eyesight, and an aversion...

Big Hair

In the extremes of the 80s, the "bigger is better" concept came also to hair. To follow the fashion precept that all things must...

Bikini

The bikini made its official debut in the summer of 1946, just a few days after the US Military conducted nuclear tests and exploded...

Birkenstocks

The Birkenstock family of Germany created their first shoe business in 1774, and by 1897, the contoured insole would change the name of footwear...

Birthstone Jewellery

While the real things were precious gems and very expensive, it became a fad to create fake gems under the label of birthstones. Usually...

Bisexual Chic

During the sexually liberated 70's, when the rule of thumb was "if it feels good do it", gay sexuality seemed a lot less taboo....

Bobbie Brooks

Made in colourful prints, snappy styled and affordable fabrics, Bobbie Brooks was the label for suburban girls across America during the 50s, 60s and...

Bobby Socks

Bobby socks started as a rebellious fad in Britain, but soon became the quintessential teen fashion of the 50s. The girls who wore these anklets...

Body Paint

Painting the face and body became another psychedelic trip of the 60s. Mod model Twiggy added a famous flower eye to her look, and suddenly everyone wanted...

Boob Tube

It was hard not to stare at the girls prancing around in their spray-can fit designer jeans or satin pants, and that amazing piece...

Braces (Suspenders)

Wide - at *least* two inches - braces (or "suspenders" in the USA), generally with rainbows or anything colourful. Clipped-on with cheap metal clips....

Brothel Creepers

These thick crepe soled shoes first walked onto the scene when British Teddy Boys adopted the "brothel creeper" shoe style as a part of the...

Brylcreem

Created in 1929 and mass marketed as the first man's hair product, Brylcreem was a greasy hair cream that was run through the hair,...

Buster Brown Shoes

Buster Brown was a mischievous youngster from the comic strip of the same name - the creation of Richard Fenton Outcault. The little blonde boy...

Capri Pants

By the 1950s, Italy had already influenced the short pin curl cut, the stand-up collar on crisp cotton shirts, and now the slim calf-length...

Car Coats

The baby boom prosperity provided a streamlined, tail-finned car in every garage, and plenty of spending money to drive into town with. Department stores moved...

Carnaby Street

By 1965, London had become the fashion capital of the world as far as young people were concerned. At it's centre were three streets...

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12-Inch Remixes

In the 1980s, if you liked a song you went out and bought the single on 7-inch vinyl. If you loved it you went out and...

16 Magazine

Founded in late 1958 by George Winters, 16 magazine set the standard for all teen magazines. many imitators popped up over the years, and 16 withstood some pretty...

2-XL

The 2-XL was a "robot with a personality" manufactured and released by Mego Corp. in 1978. This small 'talking' robot came complete with an 8-track...

3-D Movies

Stereoscopic films had been around since the 1920s, but the 1950s was unquestionably the golden age of 3-D, with excited teenagers flocking to the...

60s Speak

THE BAWL GAME Baby-sitting. Self explanatory really. BOSS We know who the boss is.... Bruce Springsteen, of course. And as a verb, it means to order someone...