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Camelot vs. the Counterculture: Fashion and Society in the 1960s

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Jacqueline Kennedy in Oleg Cassini, 1962

The 1960s are considered to be one of this country’s most transformative decades, with sweeping cultural and political shifts that clearly influenced American fashion.  I’ve always found this period fascinating interesting, studying it in college at length. The early part of the decade saw the election of President John F. Kennedy and his vision for a “New Frontier” domestic agenda, with his wife Jacqueline quickly becoming a fashion icon. By the middle of the decade, the conflict in Southeast Asia escalated into the Vietnam War, all the while the civil rights movement unfolded at home.

It was a time of political and social revolution which was clearly reflected in the radical fashion frenzy seen throughout those 10 dynamic and uncertain years.

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Newport Restoration Foundation

Next month, the Newport Restoration Foundation will present the lecture: Camelot vs. the Counterculture: Fashion and Society in the 1960s. 

 Jackie Kennedy in the White House and Grace Slick at Woodstock represent the tug-of-war in the 1960s between fashion’s old guard, whose fashionable woman wore couture from the Paris runways, and the youthquake that championed an eclectic exoticism. This illustrated talk explores the tangled web of fashion, culture, and society in the 1960s.

The lecture will be presented by Madelyn Shaw, Curator of Textiles at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. From pillbox hats and pastel shift dresses to Mod looks and miniskirts, this is an era fashion won’t soon forget.

For information and tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camelot-vs-the-counterculture-fashion-and-society-in-the-1960s-tickets-46764760658

 

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July 21, 2018 at 3:43 pm Leave a comment

“King of Vintage” Cameron Silver Headed to Newport

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If you’ve ever lived in Southern California and had a penchant for vintage clothing, you knew Decades. The Melrose Avenue boutique, a treasure trove of designer duds, was founded in 1997 by Cameron Silver, whose bio barely scrapes the surface of his influence the fashion industry. (More on that later.)

Silver will be in the City by the Sea the last weekend of July for The Newport Show (previously the Newport Antiques Show). He’s carefully selected everything from dresses and handbags to belts and jewelry for Newport and (much to my delight!), will be delivering a lecture on the history of fashion from 1900-2000 with a book signing to follow. The Newport Historical DecadesSociety is currently selling Silver’s book Decades: A Century of Fashion in the Museum of Newport History & Shop.

Silver was an influencer long before the word became inextricably linked to social media darlings. The famed celebrity stylist (he’s dressed Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, Chloe Sevigny, Julia Roberts Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, was introduced to a wider audience when he starred in the Bravo TV docu-series Duke of Melrose, with Decades co-founder Christos Garkinos. Silver has also been a familiar face on E!, the Style Network and “Fashion File,” and is a regular face at the Met Gala. He’s served as an official ambassador and fashion consultant for well known lines and houses including Pringle, Boucheron, Azzaro and Hermès and today, serves as design director for H by Halston and H Halston. Silver curated the MOCA exhibition, The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton and was named one of the “25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion” by Time magazine in 2002. He’s also a familiar byline in fashion pubs, having penned pieces for Harpers Bazaar, Departures, Style.com and others.

Meet and shop with Cameron Silver at The Newport Show on Saturday, July 28 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, July 29 10am-4pm at St. George’s School in Middletown. Purchase tickets at TheNewportShow.com.

 

 

 

July 16, 2018 at 6:39 am Leave a comment


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