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Fashion Trends…Couture Auctions

Last week I posted on the fashions and fabrics of the 60s. This week I was browsing the catalogs of upcoming premier auction houses and found oodles of fashion items in this auction. This auction of Couture Fashion items is starting tomorrow 4/19/09. The online catalog includes photos, brief descriptions and anticipated price ranges.

I browsed the catalog and found 341 items of couture fashion clothing plus scarves, purses and jewelry lots. There are 615 lots total. Lots of 60s era fashion eye candy!

Vintage Couture and Accessories
9:00 AM PT – Apr 19th, 2009
3 days
offered by
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

1338 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Such fun to look! and you can register to bid if you just can’t resist trying for an item you can’t live without!

60s Fashion=New Fabrics

We can’t talk about 60s fashion without talking about 60s fabrics. But first a quick trip through memory lane.
Fashion Trends of the 60s
Social mobility, daring fashion photography, easier travel abroad, the Vietnam war, new music of the Beatles and their much copied hairstyles, retro military and ethnic clothes, musicals, pop art and film all played a part in setting the fashion trends of the 60s. The era began with Jackie Kennedy in the early 1960s wearing her trademark pill box hat and three quarter sleeves. Then Courrèges created a new space-age inspired style. Courreges introduced shorter lengths and those boots! Mary Quant followed with mini-skirts and the introduction of panty hose,or tights. Emilio Pucci’s exotic psychedelic beautiful fabric prints was important as the fresh approach to fashion of Yves St. Laurent. Who can forget his Mondrian inspired dress?

The Fabrics
Many of the fashions of the 1960s existed because of the fabrics. Use of synthetic fibers introduced new fabric properties. When synthetics were mixed with natural fibres there was improved wear. The bright colors and textures were due to these new properties. Some fibers had been invented years earlier in the 1930s and 1940s, but it was only in the 60s that huge production plants for synthetic fibres sprang up globally.

Du Pont and ICI were the giants of synthetic manufacture producing a wide range of fabrics under trade names relating to Polyamide (nylon), Polyesters, Polyurethanes, Polyolefins and Polyacrylonitriles. Polyamide is nylon. It came under trade names such as Nylon 6, Celon, Enkalon, Perlon, Bri-Nylon, Cantrece and others. Polyester was known variously as Terylene, Dacron, Terlenka, Trevira, Kodel, Diolen, Tergal and Lavsan. Polyurethane is the generic name of the elastomeric family of stretch fibres like Spandex, Lycra and Spanzelle.