Fashion Flashback:
THE BOHEMIAN LOOK

In honour of the Festival season that would have been, we look back at the birth of the hippie and bohemian looks that have undoubtedly inspired festival fashion today.

           —By Luisa Tarantino

Woodstock 1969

Like many eras before and after, the 60s and 70s continue to have a significant influence on the fashion trends of today. From mini skirts and tie-dye to flower crowns and flared jeans, festival fashion draws a ton of inspiration from these iconic decades. Let’s take a look at how hippie fashion and bohemian fashion came to be, as well as the meanings behind these fashion movements.

The 60s was a decade of change and freedom (refer to last week’s Fashion Flashback on the 60s Swinging London), which brought about a series of groundbreaking trends. The hippie movement and the aesthetics attached to the movement remain iconic — we can all imagine a ‘hippie’ in our mind, down to the clothes they’re wearing. Hippie fashion, like other cultural and social movements of the time, was a response to the previous decade’s societal and aesthetic codes, meaning that hippie fashion, like hippies, rejected the mainstream and social constructs, and especially the polished, formal, and restrictive silhouettes of the 50s. Mixed prints, complex embroidery, acid-trip visuals, fringe, and flare silhouettes became popular. It was all about peace, love, freedom, sexual liberation, multiculturalism, and change, and that was reflected in relaxed, loose silhouettes and fashionable experimentation. Thrifting and DIY was also a huge part of the hippie movement, both for ecological reasons and in order to create new, cool items of clothing.

Cher

Dorian Grey Movie

Woodstock 1969

 

Bohemian fashion, on the other hand, dates as far back as the 19th century, widely adopted by artists, and inspired by nomadic gypsies. Like hippie culture, bohemian culture became associated with counterculture, creativity, freedom, and artistic expression. For women, adopting a bohemian style meant freedom to dress as one pleased, to feel free and liberated. Loose silhouettes like flowy skirts, durable yet comfortable fabrics like chiffon or suede, warm earthy tones, tons of unique, hand-crafted and  layered accessories, ‘peasant-style’ clothing such as tunics, etc. all define what we know as ‘boho’ today.

Freedom, culture expression, art – it’s no surprise these youthful, counterculture fashion movements came to be associated with music festivals. Take Woodstock for example — what is considered to be the first huge, yet successful festival (despite the chaos). If you look back on Woodstock fashion today, you’re sure to see plenty of looks that women and men would certainly still wear today.

Check out some incredible hippie/bohemian looks from the 60s and 70s below.

 

 

Performance movie with Anna Pallenberg and Mick Jagger

Patti and George Harrison

Performance Movie with Anna Pallenberg and Mick Jagger

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Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

George Harrison and his wife in the late 1960s

Jane Birkin and  Serge Gainsbourg in the late 60s

Woodstock 1969

Bohemian style in the late 60s

Anita Brian

Woodstock 1969

Woodstock 1969

Cher

Woodstock 1969

 

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Written on: August 27, 2020