Monday, August 12, 2013

60's Australia

Sometimes with all the excitement surrounding London or New York in the 60's, I sometimes forget about my own little country.

During my late night trawling of the National Archives of Australia, I came across some images of Australian fashion in the 60's and realised that although we weren't the center of the cultural revolution like London, we still were there doing our own version of the swinging sixties

Here are a few of my favourites

All images courtesy of the National Archives of Australia  Please credit appropriately if reusing images. Click on images for links


Pierre Cardin Fashion Parade at Canberra Theatre Centre
Pierre Cardin Fashion Parade at Canberra Theatre Centre
Cooma fashion and view photographs 1966







Prue Acton, dress designer, and husband Mike Treloar
Dutch fashion model's success in Melbourne. Maya Broersen, poses for photographer Peter Mayoh, on top a Melbourne building


Cat xo


20 comments:

  1. Thank you for the post, Catherine! Those pictures are absolutely amazing! I always wonder about the 60s in Australia but unfortunately is not very easy to find information and pictures. I know a bit about the revival going on in Sydney right now but not about the actual decade. Thank you for sharing! xxx

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    1. Oh im so glad you like it! i always think because we're so far away we get forgotten. Hence why we like to make a big fuss over ourselves! Ill have to keep looking to find more pretty pictures!

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  2. You and I definitely are in sync this week, dear Catherine, because my current post focuses on 1960s Australia. As you will notice, the third video in my post was shot at the Canberra Civic Square which, at the time, was brand new.

    As evidenced by the pictures in your post today, Australia had no shortage of fashion flair during the 60s and I am very proud of you for carrying on the tradition today.

    Good night to you, dear friend Cat, and have a super Tuesday and a fine week ahead!

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    1. Yes! I did notice that! They must have been so proud of their modern Square to feature it in a few different things. Canberra is probably the most dull place now, unless you're a politician or journalist.

      I'm still looking through the archives and getting a little more patriotic every time. I may have to post some more!

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  3. It's very easy to forget about places like Australia when you think of the 60s but these pictures show that it definitely had it's own thing going on. Great post! x

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    1. Thank you! I think most of these are from Australian Wool Boards fashion shoots....

      Wool is probably our biggest contribution to fashion!

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  4. These are all brilliant and totes fun to look at.

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  5. I know the American and British fashion was very different in the Sixties but the Aussie version looks remarkably alike! So much colour and fun and I love the marabou trimmed cape by Pierre Cardin. x

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    1. We do alright don't we!? Someone told me once that Sydney is like the US and Melbourne is like the UK in terms of Fashion sense. The good thing about that is they then go on to say Melbourne people are the best dressed! UK wins!

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  6. Had to stop by to say I loved the 60s retrospective. That last striped dress could easily be worn today!

    Cherie in Phoenix

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    1. Thanks! The striped dress is my favourite of the bunch!

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  7. This is a great post!
    I used to ask my mum what they wore in the 60s and 70s and was it as cool as TV made it look and she never made it sound very interesting! These photos are pretty cool. And agree with every that the striped dress is something that could be worn today!

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    1. My mum was the same. She'd never tell me the fun stories, but one of her friends did which was good, and one of my primary school teachers was a former "hippy". You should totally take a look at the archives! http://photos.naa.gov.au/

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  8. Ouah ,i love the last striped dress !!!!

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  9. Interesting post! I am always curious to see what The 1960's were like outside America and UK. You discover a lot of amazing fashion/films/music that way. I just wish I spoke more languages.

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    1. I agree! i once came across some photos of Afghanistan in the 60s. It looked so normal with record stores and kids in parks. Compare that to now and you would never think it possible

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  10. Wow, I love these! I should write a post about Italian fashion in the Sixties... Well, thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. oh nice! Italy was one of the cultural centres in the 60s so im sure there is no shortage of good photos!

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