One in a series of eight books updated and revised, the 1960s edition follows fashion through that decade, juxtaposing its trends and influences alongside the events of the day. The 1960s is characterized in the introduction as a shift from middle class adult standards to a focus on youth and their rising freedoms. The popular culture of rock and roll, television, and increasing female freedoms all had their influence on the fashions of the day. Subsequent chapters focus in more detail on the Beatles and Mod fashion, flower power, the psychedelic phenomenon, and the overall explosion of youth culture. The appealing layout utilizes text, outstanding photos and illustrations, and boxed highlights designed to grab young readers' attention. The text is comprehensive and well researched but often goes into more detail than necessary for the intended audience. The wide variety of illustrations may help keep readers' attention. A chronology, glossary, and an index are included.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-- Almost every page in these two volumes includes at least one vivid full-color fashion drawing or photograph (sometimes color, sometimes black-and-white, others in tinted half-tones), and often there is more illustration than narrative. The different pictorial formats place the fashions in the context of the era (historical settings such as Woodstock and GIs in Vietnam) or allow them to be viewed in detail. No important trends are ignored: Twiggy, Dior, the hippies and the mini, ripped jeans, Lagerfeld, Lauren, and Armani are but a few of the designers and fads represented. There is just enough text to create a sense of the events that influenced people, and to show how those events tied into trends. These titles are not for serious students of fashion, but will be fun for browsers and those interested in an introduction to the concept of clothing design in the context of contemporary events. Lila Perl's From Top Hats to Baseball Caps, from Bustles to Blue Jeans: Why We Dress the Way We Do (Clarion, 1990) also tackles this subject. In addition , The History of 20th Century Fashion (Barnes & Noble, 1986) by Elizabeth Ewing and Fashion: The Mirror of History (Crown, 1982; o.p.) by Michael and Ariane Batterberry give similar information in a more thorough presentation. --Janet E. Gelfand, Lawrence Junior High School, NY