The Sixties in Pictures by James Lescott
” One of a series of books that that together provide a comprehensive pictorial history of the 20th Century, decade by decade. With over 250 pictures, this volume is a unique record of the moments of wonder and terror that can never be forgotten from the assassination of JFK to the massacre at Sharpeville, from the building of the Berlin wall to the first manned space flight, from the march on Washington to Beatlemania, from the Cultural Revolution to the coming of Bond. Here are the Swinging Sixties in all their dizzy detail”
Now i have had this book for quite a while and never really read through the whole thing properly due to lack of time. Recently it looked very appealing and i took the time to read through the whole book to get more information on the most documentary moments of the time period. Overall, i found the book very informing and interesting. Being a photographer i took the time to look into detail at the photographs taken analysing the composition of the photographs, subject matter, tonal range and depth of field. Not knowing who the photographers were in the book made the photos more interesting and exciting to analyse as you do not know the personal photographers history giving you less of a biast opinion. I was truly inspired by the book, making it a definite favourite of my photographic books collection. This post will be about the interesting photographic works in it and the Fashion side of the book, which to me is one of the most recognised things about the 60’s.
Firstly, the most shocking thing i read in the book was how Fashion caused riots! Most of it was good natured however, some violence did breakout in the smaller seaside towns. The riots were between “mods” who were neatly dressed and rode on scooters and the “rockers” who wore leather and rode motorcycles. This was mainly shocking to me due to them being totally different in appearance but not being able to co-inside in one community. Even though most of it was good natured, it still shocked me mainly for the fact at the time i read it Riots where happening here in the UK.
Checked Skirts, Patterns, tailored suits and much much more was seen over the 60s period in the fashion industry, making it a truly iconic era for styling. A vast use of materials, both traditional and unique where used to create iconic looks, advertised with French poses and beautiful models. The most we known model of the Swinging Sixties would be the young girl that was Twiggy. Still known in today’s modern society and idolised by young girls everywhere. During the 60s Twiggy became highly popular for sporting the latest fashions and quickly became a worldwide fashion icon. Over the sixties she worked for everyone and anyone appearing in magazines such as “the Newyorker” to “international Vogue” making her seen by a broad audience and getting her a very good reputation for looking fabulous.
The age of fashion was at its peak in the 60’s and no look would be complete without a signature haircut which was style in a “boutique” or “salon” at the time. Vidal Sassoon became the most renound stylist of the 60’s creating the signature hairstyle of the age. The hairstyle over the years has been adapted but still kept the basic shape of the bob. Timeless and simplistic it makes any woman look gorgeous.