In the Sixties a new generation of young people changed the face of fashion. Whereas before fashion was aimed at older people, who had both money and lifestyle, now there was a whole generation with a lifestyle of its own. Young designers were quick to pick up on the mood, and styles such as mini-skirts and blue jeans became very popular.
This dress shows some of the features that we associate with fashion in the sixties. It is brightly coloured with a bold and unrestrained pattern. It is also very simple. It has a high neck with a little round collar, a plain unfussy front and a skirt that is straight apart from two pleats at the centre front. The pattern on the fabric is in the Art Deco style that was popular in the early sixties. The dress is home-made, probably using a shop-bought pattern. Dress-making at home had been popular since the beginning of the century, but most shop-bought patterns had to be fairly simple in order to cater for the abilities of the people who bought them. This dress has the 'ingredients' of colour and fun that helped to give the Swinging Sixties its name.