#6: Abstract Prints
After a decade of minimalist and practical prints in the ’50s, the ’60s exploded with color and expression as art met fashion and the body became a canvas for artistic experimentation.
The mod fashion culture was one to “wear and be seen wearing.” The mod youth and courageous housewives wore eye-catching prints of contrasting colors and swirling, multi-layered and optical illusion designs (including Op Art) that were so inexplicable in description that they were simply lumped into the catch-all of “abstract.”
Just about every designer — from the visionary to the traditional — incorporated some sense of abstract into their ’60s designs. Because who wants solid when you can have sensational?
By: Sammy Davis Vintage (Photo Credit: Simons Retro / Fashion-Pictures)