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Stunning photos depicting the rebellious fashion at Woodstock, 1969

 

No one expected the 1969 Woodstock concert and festival to draw a crowd of five million – nor would the gathering become a great testament to 1960s counterculture and a unique event in music history.

Held in the open air at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York, Woodstock 1969 can now be seen as one of the most important events of the twentieth century.

From site selection to interactions with musicians, concert organizers faced hurdles. Many residents objected to the "lifestyle" of the concert-goers, in particular, their use of drugs and their opposition to the Vietnam War.

The event eventually proceeded, as Friday, August 15, was scheduled through Sunday, August 17, 1969 (the celebration actually ended on Monday, August 18).

Nothing went smoothly: torrential rains, closed roads, lack of food and drink, and widespread drug use added to the chaos—yet the event was remembered as an almost mystical experience. "I was at Woodstock" is a claim to fame that still resonates.

The festival crowd included "hippies", "flower children," anti-war (Vietnam) youth, civil-rights proponents, and many others who felt deprived of the "system". The event, which was promoted as a celebration of "love and peace", was somehow held together by thrilling musical performances.

The legendary festival with its half-million attendees shows the era perfectly – groovy vibes, peaceful mindset, and of course, 1960s fashion. This photo collection incorporates the fashions of the original Woodstock that still resonate with new generations.


Home-made and handmade techniques that remain in fashion today were born out of the Woodstock era: tie-dye was built into the kitchen sink, while crochet, formerly reserved for Grandma's bedspreads, was barely used. Used to make bras.

The ultimate symbol of rebellion backed by Marlon Brando and James Dean in the 1950s, denim was everywhere, but in the late 1960s true blues were painted, frayed, embroidered and patchworked, creating a new psychedelic type of aesthetic rebellion. was a sign.

Starting in 1967, youth culture began to shift to music and mod culture shifted to a more sober hippie or bohemian style. Hosiery makers of the time such as Marie Quant (who founded Pamela Mann Legwear) combined the "flower power" style of dress and the Pop Art school of design to create fashion tights that would appeal to female audiences who enjoyed psychedelia. .

Ponchos, moccasins, love beads, piece signs, medallion necklaces, chain belts, polka dot-printed dresses, and long, puffy "bubble" sleeves were popular fashion in the late 1960s.

Both men and women wore worn-out jeans, tie-dye shirts, work shirts, Jesus sandals and headbands. Women often went barefoot and some ruthlessly.


The idea of ​​multiculturalism also became very popular; Much of the style's inspiration was drawn from traditional costumes from Nepal, India, Bali, Morocco and African countries.

As inspiration was drawn from around the world, the separation of the genre was increasing; The pieces of clothing often contained similar elements and formed similar silhouettes, but there was no real "uniform".

Ruffled buckskin vests, flowing kaftans, "lounging" or "hostess" pajamas were also popular. "hostess" pajamas consist of a tunic over floor-length culottes, usually made of polyester or chiffon. Long maxi coats, often belted and lined in sheepskin, appeared at the end of the decade.

Animal prints for women were popular in the autumn and winter of 1969. Women's shirts often had transparent sleeves. The form of psychedelic prints, hemp and "woodstock" emerged during this era.

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