Last Chance Dept.
Carnaby Street, London. 1966.
Swinging to the fullest.
Who do we owe for this?
Women, of course.
Sure, the boys were out there too. Michael Caine and Terence Stamp. The Stones and The Who. Good Ol’ Arnold. Well dressed Neanderthals. Sure, sure. Fine. However…
We owe it to Jean Shrimpton, Diana Vreeland (to my knowledge the first to use the term “swinging” in association with London), Mary Quant and Twiggy. Many others too. But it was intellectual writer, artist and Manhattanite Piri Halasz who made it cool to everyone, everywhere, with her Time cover story.
During an era when most women were not allowed to write for Time it was her piece that catapulted London, its fashion and its counter-culture, into the global lexicon. If you read the article you understand the why of it all. Why snooty London let the kids run things for a bit.
Back then the discotheques were heavily mirrored so the boys and dolly birds could “see what a good time they were having” in their fabulous new gear (clothes). Gear like this T-Neck dress in the classic '60s shift style.
Now go see what a good time you’re having.
The Mod T-Neck Dress (No. 4424). Below knee length. Scoop neckline with 1 1/8” trim in navy. Same size band down center front that tends to 11” hem band in textured navy and black jacquard. Bra keepers at shoulder. Straight hem with side slits. Back waist shaping darts. Invisible zipper in back with hook and eye at top. Fully lined with stretch lining.
Women’s sizes: 0 through 20.
Color: Black with Navy Trim.
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