The Art of Vintage Part III by Allie Michelle

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The Mod

The Mod represents The Original Trendsetter. She is bold, daring, and rebellious with a youthful, artistic sense of style.

The Clothes

Women’s fashion of the 1960’s dramatically changed due to the sexual revolution. The Mod look became popular starting in Britain with shorter hems above the knee and fabrics that fitted against the body. Female Mods dressed androgynously with short haircuts, men’s trousers or shirts, and dresses with boyish silhouettes. Geometrical shapes, mismatched patterns, and color blocks reminiscent of the Pop-Art movement were the rage with women’s fashion. Trendy colors included baby pink, sunshine yellow, lime green, white, and red, along with variations on plaids, checks, and stripes.

Look 1: The Chelsea Look

Mod ladies pushed the boundaries of parental tolerance with their miniskirts, which got progressively shorter. Iconic model, Twiggy, worked closely with Mary Quant to design dresses and mini-skirts that hit at around six or seven inches above the knees. Incomparably scandalous for the time, The Chelsea Look quickly made its way onto magazine covers and remains a prominent style today.


Look 2: The Beatnik
The Mod movement had its roots in the beatnik coffee bar culture, which catered to art students in the radical counterculture scene in London. In terms of style, the all movement influenced fashion icons including Edie Sedgwick and Audrey Hepburn who demonstrated the all-black, Parisian-inspired beatnik look. To achieve this look, wear all black or black and white knit shirts or thin sweaters with cowl necks paired with black tights.



The Accessories

Flats: Loafers added a touch of boyish style to everyday looks. Styles included brown leather, patent leather in black or white as well as colorful styles with prismatic designs.
Colorful Tights: Tights with geometrical shapes, mismatched patterns, and bright colors worn with a short mini dress or skirt create the perfect Mod look.
Pop-Art: In the era of Andy Warhol, Pop-Art accessories made a statement in the form of bold, bright colors, geometric shapes, and even images from mass culture and advertisements. Get creative and go bold with art-piece fashion accessories!

The Look

The Hair: The Twiggy
This androgynous style is extremely short and cut to a point at the back of the neck. Hair is then parted on the side and worn tucked behind the ears.


The Makeup: 
The London-based model, Twiggy, quickly became an icon known for her long, false eyelashes, exaggerated eye makeup, pale foundation, brown eye shadow, and white or pale lipstick.