The 1960s - The Swinging 60s Era

Take a blast to the past as we explore our history, decade by decade. What traditions have stuck?
What fashion trends have returned? What games do we still play? A lot can happen in 100 years!

popular dresses in the 1950s with bright colors and defined waists
  • Attire

    Fashion became progressively more casual across all genders and ages. Women’s wear followed 3 broad trends: a continuation of the previous decade’s ladylike style of Mary Quant and the Space Age influence, and the late 60s Hippie style. Menswear saw an increasing amount of color and pattern, military influence, and new fashion icons in the form of rock stars!

  • Music & Dance

    Music played in the 1960's popular music from the 60s. British Invasion. Motown/R&B. Surf Rock and Psychedelic Rock. Roots Rock and Hard Rock. Folk Rock and Protest Music.

    The dance styles brought to us in the 60s were as “original” as they come. The Twist, the Mashed Potato, the Hully Gully, and the Madison all started with one goal in mind: to liberate and recreate the way the world danced. The Twist, made famous by Chubby Checker, took its first step in 1960.

  • Famous Faces Born

    ● RuPaul ● Barack Obama ● Jane Lynch ● Niki Mahajan ● Diego Maradona ● Bono ● Hugh Grant ● Colin Firth ● Antonio Banderas ● John F Kennedy Jr. ● Valerie Bertinelli ● John Elway ● Prince Andrew ● James Spader

  • Popular Food

    ● Fondue ● Shrimp Cocktail ● Fudge Cake ● Pop Tarts ● Doritos ● Super Sugary Cereals ● Starburst ● Gatorade ● Chips Ahoy ● Fast Foods ● 24 hour Diners

    Trendy Hippies ate organic salads, fresh veggies, tofu, wheats, and grains.

  • Art

    Visual art, movements such as Pop Art, Psychedelic Art, Op Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, and the appearance of Happenings, became the most significant and shape-shifting concepts of the 1960s art world.

    Our Art Throbs Club will be painting famous artwork by Andy Warhol and sketching fashions of the decade.

  • Fun Facts

    ● On July 15, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy accepts the Democratic nomination for president ● After 13 years, NBC cancels Howdy Doody ● Harper Lee's 1961 book To Kill A Mockingbird is a bestseller ● On October 1, 1962, James H. Meredith becomes the first black student to attend the University of Mississippi ● The Beatles make their U.S. debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, on February 9, 1964 ● The 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade arrive in Vietnam on March 8, 1965 ● Apollo astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee die during a simulated launch exercise on January 27, 1967 ● Western movie hero John Wayne wins the 1969 Best Actor Oscar for his role in the movie True Grit ● The August 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair draws more than 450,000 people to Bethel, NY