1968

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“Fashion is self-consciously sociological and frankly featherbrained. It’s classic and immediate. Nostalgic and now. Worldly and other-worldly. Whatever’s happening you are part of it and at last you can be yourself and look as you choose.” English Vogue, 1968

1968 was the year fashion run amok. Hemlines on the runway ranged from the mini to just above the knee to the midi and the maxi. Women wore midi-coats with mini-skirts and minidresses over bell-bottoms. Velvet jumped off the formal rack and raced over to casuals and was seen everywhere. Thrift store chic meant looking like you dressed in a thrift store, not actually dressing in a thrift store. Fashion became not just a way of looking good, but a signifier of political and generational divides. Tonight you can visit the wild and crazy 1968 at The Velvet from 7 to 9 SLT – as Rock per Annum moves forward one more year.

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1967 was the Summer of Love and 1968 was the year of sorrow. Martin Luther King was assassinated. So was Bobby Kennedy. The My Lai Massacre revealed that the American soldiers were not always the “good guys” of the romanticized war movies. The Tet Offensive challenged the military superiority of the American army. Richard Nixon is elected president after derailing the Paris peace talks by contacting the North Vietnamese and promising a better peace treaty with him. But it was not a completely horrible year. Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in a black power salute when getting their medals at the Olympics in Mexico. The Civil Rights Act was signed. Yale University opened admission to women. Intel was founded and President Johnson ordered that all computers purchased by the government support ASCII encoding, paving the way for generations of ASCII artists. Elvis made a comeback and the Beatles released The White Album and Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In debuted.

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My top is actually a minidress from BoHo Hobo that comes with the fun and colorful patchwork midi-coat. The boots are SL vintage from Tesla, the Ziggy boots. The jeans and scarf are also from Boho Hobo and the wild mixing of prints is classic 1968 hippie chic – a far cry from Carmody St and the mod looks of the runways. This is dressing as a political signifier. The clothing communicating membership in the counterculture.

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My hair is from Clawtooth – long and straight as was the counterculture fashion. I have a very chic beret that is also from Boho Hobo. The makeup is the Bardot look from Tres Blah’s Blessa line.

  • Poses: Di’s Opera
  • Skin: Tres Blah -tb- {Light} Blessa: Bardot – Red Brows
  • Eyes: Poetic Colors
  • Lashes: Lelutka
  • Nails: Mandala
  • Hair: Clawtooth
  • Coat: Boho Hobo Patched Top Coat
  • Top: BohoHobo minidress (wine-comes with coat)
  • Pants: Boho Hobo Flared Jeans – teal stripes
  • Scarf: Boho Hobo skinny scarf plaid
  • Shoes: Tesla Ziggy Shoes
  • Jewelry: EarthTones Chakra Hoop Earrings
  • Location: Golden Gate Bridge

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