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The Swinging Sixties with My Generation

Posted on March 14 2018

 

Narrated by British actor Michael Caine, David Batty’s ‘My Generation’ looks back the British youth culture of the 1960s. With archived footage and a classic soundtrack, this incredible documentary film looks back at the heart of what became of London's infamous sixties popular culture scene travelling through the personal journey of London’s Michael Caine, where he talks to The Beatles, Twiggy, David Bailey, Mary Quant, The Rolling Stones, David Hockney and other star names..  

“For the first time in history, the young working class stood up for ourselves and said: We’re here, this is our society and we’re not going away!”  Michael Caine

Michael Caine
Michael Caine on set for My Generation

The 1960s, a decade where finally the gloomy suppression of which was bought by after the war was lifted, and society and culture were about to be transformed into something the young culture of the time embraced full throttle. The Swinging Sixties were upon us, beginning the transition from the dreary Capital of post-war, to the heart of style, fashion and youth culture of the 1960s.

David Bailey and Penelope Tree

Penelope Tree & David Bailey

London was now the capital of cool, it had developed into a new version of itself - youth and money were ‘swinging’ the city. Fashion, music and design were banishing the drab that had smothered London, disposable income was at an all-time high! These young Londoners had the cash to spend and wanted to look good doing it! Here came the youth revolution!

With inspirations feeling pretty high even just after watching the trailer for My Generation, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite Beyond Retro looks from the 1960s from the Mods of Carnaby Street, the designers of Kinds Road and the age of the supermodels we’ll take you on a journey of style and culture still seen throughout the modern wardrobe.

 

 

 

Michael Caine talks to Mary Quant in ‘My Generation’

The rise of Mary Quant and Bazaar, her new boutique on Kings Road invaded the fashion scene, creating, designing and selling affordable fashion that was new and exciting. The radical mini skirt was created; shift dresses and go-go boots were a-go-go! Kings Road was now the destination for any young stylish woman in the 60s, Mary has set the standard, she broke fashion constraints and reigned Queen of the cool 'Chelsea Set', who wouldn't want to run with this pack?

Want the look? Here are our favourite 60s mini's!

1960s Floral Mini                             1960s Mini Dress                          1960s Day Dress

Shop more original 60s mini dresses and mini skirts (you'll have to make your own matching pants) online or head into one of our stores where our vintage experts help you get the look!

Michael Caine

Michael Caine 1960s Archived Contact Sheet

Much has been said about the impact of 1960's fashion designers such as Mary Quant or Barbara Hulanicki on female fashion, but John Stephen was just as revolutionary in a field of male fashion and often known as the King Of Carnaby Street. Members of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Kinks were sporting his looks, helping to lead the male peacock revolution of the 1960s. Here came the Dandy boys of Carnaby Street!

Mary Quant

John Stephen and Mary Quant, 1966.

 

Want the look? Here are our favourite classic blazers!

Three Button Sack Jackets Burgundy & Green   

You can shop more 1960s menswear online or head into one of our stores where our vintage experts help you get the look!   

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 Feeling inspired and want to explore the cultural revolution of the Swinging Sixties?  Found out more about the decade that changed the world, My Generation is in cinemas now!   

Words Mary Costello

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