Arts and Culture

Four Fashion Trends That Defined Style in 1968

For the U.S., 1968 was a sociopolitical crossroads at which a war, political schisms, activism, youth culture, style, the arts and the widening gender gap all converged in a fast moment of change. The exhibit 1968: The Year That Rocked History, which officially opens to the public on Saturday, February 7 and runs through May 10 at the History Colorado Center, brings all of those divergent directions together; in advance of the show's debut, we're rolling out a suite of lists to prep you for the 1968 experience.

In fashion, 1968 marked the rise of clothing both geometrically precise and soft and romantic, as well as the fall of some experiments like the doomed midi skirt. Top designers began to launch ready-to-wear lines that brought affordable high fashion to the hoi polloi in the streets, and everyone's sense of style was touched by a youthful air of revolution. Keep reading for our primer of 1968 fashion trends.

See also: 1968: The Year That Rocked History at History Colorado

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