Vintage Glamour: 1960s Space Age Fashion


The 1960s celebrated a decade of many highlights, especially in the realm of fashion. It was during this time that one of the most unique yet lesser known trends emerged: the eye-catching Space Age Fashion.

During the space exploration boom in the early 1960s, many bold and visionary fashion designers found themselves inspired to create one of the most unique trends ever known to man.

Photo via Urban Taster

Aptly called Space Age Fashion, there was nothing as shocking as it before, during, or even after it skyrocketed to popularity. Spearheaded by Italian-born French designer Pierre Cardin, Franco-Spanish designer Paco Rabanne, and French designer Andre Courreges, the style featured an array of out-of-this-world boots, skirts, dresses, goggles, coats, and headgear in crazy geometric shapes and patterns. As the name suggests, among the dominant colors of this fashion trend are metallic and fluorescent shades, white, red, and yellow. Materials used to create a futuristic, otherworldly look included shiny fabrics, vinyl, wool-acrylic, sequins, glass, and PVC.

But, enough of the descriptions and introductions; let’s watch some vintage clips showcasing Space Age Fashion from the three designers:

Sources and additional readings:
Andre Courreges -- Wikipedia
Paco Rabanne -- Wikipedia
Pierre Cardin -- Wikipedia
1960s in fashion -- Wikipedia
Space Age Fashion in 1960s -- Glamour Splash
Space Age Fashion -- Powerhouse Museum
Space Age Fashion -- BBC

So, how do you find this bold, vintage style of the 1960s? Share your thoughts with us through a comment below!

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written by plasticpopsicle on 2011-09-09 in #lifestyle #glamour #vintage-glamour #vintage #fashion #analogue-lifestyle #space-age-fashion #retro #1960s #lomography


  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    what's happened to the world? I wanna be provocative..give me back the Berlin Wall, give me back those funky days!

  2. belletts
    belletts ·

    We have to go back for getting the inspiration to go further! @superlighter agree with your provocation!

  3. belletts
    belletts ·

    love Rabanne's "Star trek" models!

  4. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    Cardin made some pretty crazy designs too!

  5. poparama
    poparama ·

    i've always loved 60s fashion, another great 60s fashion designer was Mary Quant, very outrageous too for the era, she was a great inspiration back in my fashion designer student time,

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