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Hippies and Post Hippies

The hippy look was linked with the scene of rock music of the late 60's, just like the Beatnik movement was linked to the Beat artists. Bands began to brake away form the button-up look that was inspired by the Beatniks and instead wear brocades, velvets, leathers, clashing colors, and lots of patterns and odd shapes. As the populace began to adopt this radical style and make it the norm, the 'cool kids' had to dress more and more radical. To be cool was no longer to conform to the masses, but to express your personality and imagination in what your wore. Because of this dressing became a contest of who could look crazier, and many people resorted to the thrift store to find one-of-a-kind garments. But wearing thrifted items was cool for another reason - political and social protest. Wearing a used garment was important to those who wanted to be viewed as anti-materialistic, opposed to the fashion rules, and, in the case of a lot of the garments from army surplus stores, make a statement against the war.
Of course the media loved this colorful new way of dressing and popularized it all over through movies, television, etc. By the time the 70's rolled around, people could get away with almost any look because dressing in a crazy manner was loosing it's shock factor.
This info is taken form the book "Thrift Score" by Al Hoff

The hippy movement still inspires many designers, as well as young people, today.
More modern versions of hippy.... (all from foto decadent Ex. for the last one, which is form Panda Mag)


Tyler said...

thats a lot of hippies. i like these posts where you talk about scenes. good pics.

oh dear. im pretty sure you would. have you seen lost in translation? if you like that movie, you like shoegaze.

thats too bad about your music situation. i hope you figure that out soon.

you'd be surprised how screamy the music i listen to can get. i can take a lot of that. i'll listen to that stuff on imeem.

Bumblebee said...

I love the freeness of the hippie era! People aren't like that anymore. In a way it's probably a good thing but at the same time so many people never let loose and be themselves. Are you taking like a "history of fashion"class or something?

Tyler said...

and the music is punk from the 80's ^^ (Jesus and Mary Chain). well if you mean xanga, i can see it fine.
yupp. it looks like its from the Blair Witch Project. ha.

you should do the punkers first. whats your favorite punk music?

imeem is a lot of fun. you can listen to so much music, and it just streams for free. it's easy once you figure it out.

i think you're refering to post-hardcore sound. it's definitely a good one.

Bumblebee said...

I agree. Actually living in the hippie era would be very hard and sad. But I respect how they really stood up for what they believed in.
As for my inspiration, it's like a kaleidoscope. I am inspired by so many things! Art, music, people, history, places, thoughts. Along with fashion I also like to cook, make art, take pictures etc. so my inspiration is carried on through that as well.

audrey said...

the black & white pictures are beautiful.
your blog is so much fun, abigail; i'm looking forward to the hardcore post.
it was really, really, good to hear from you. i have some stuff to send to you as well, so i'll get on that soon.
come & see me. soon.
love you!

Bumblebee said...

I love Picasso, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Annie Liebowitz, Mario Testino, Degas, Wassily Kandinsky etc.

I may post a picture of my deserts later on


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