BibaBefore H&M, Topshop, or Forever 21 there was Biba; the first high fashion, low price point line of clothes aimed at teenagers. The affordable couture recreations are recognizable by their drab, muddied color palette of brown, sepia, gray and plum. Long tight sleeves, short hemlines, and high shoulders define Biba's swinging London look.
Pierre CardinPierre Cardin created innovative designs for both men and women during the 1960s. Thigh high boots, collarless jackets, and target emblazoned mini shift dresses in bright colors were his trademarks.
André CourrègesThe true creator of the "mini" skirt, André Courrèges was more than a one trick pony. Courrèges also brought us the go-go boot and established the triangle shaped shift dress as the defining silhouette for the '60s. Since Courrèges was a high fashion label, it would be difficult and pricey to find an original, but his designs were widely copied for lower price points which are well within reach of today’s vintage fashion treasure hunters. Flat white shoes or boots with a sift dress or cigarette pant suit would be a spot on Courrèges-esque ensemble.
Bonnie CashinBonnie Cashin was an American sportswear designer well known for her numerous collaborations with famous manufacturers including Coach, for whom she designed the first line of women's products for in 1962. Cashin was also part of the "paper clothing" trend.
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Pacco RabanneOriginally a jewelry designer, Paco Rabanne’s designs used the same sensibilities for clothes. Making chain mail type garments with metal and plastic disks, Paco Rabanne was more avant garde artist than fashion designer. Rabanne also designed the costumes for the 1960s classic Barbarella.
Ossie Clark made a name by dressing celebrities like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Twiggy, Liza Minnell, and Talitha Getty. Together with his wife, Celia Birtwell who designed textiles for his collections, Clark's designs epitomized the 60s. Clark was also one of the first designers to do an accessible capsule collection with a major retailer, mass producing his designs at a lower price for British retailer Radley in 1968.