The 1970s - The ME Decade 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!

  • Attire

    Popular styles included bell bottom pants, frayed jeans, midi skirts, maxi dresses, Tie dye, peasant blouses, ponchos. chokers, headbands, scarves, and jewelry made of wood, stones, feathers, and beads.

    Women's fashions in the late 1970s included cowl-neck shirts and sweaters, pantsuits, leisure suits, sundresses worn with tight T-shirts, strapless tops, lower-cut shirts, cardigans, velour shirts, tunics, robes, crop tops, tube tops, embroidered vests and jeans, knee-length skirts, loose satin pants!

  • Music & Dance

    Aside from disco, funk, smooth jazz, jazz fusion, and soul remained popular throughout the decade. It is this influx of popular music that soon transformed into rock and roll during the Early 1970s.

    The late 70s also witness the birth of another young music style: hip-hop. Some of the best rock n roll of all time was recorded in the 70s.

    Disco Swing. One of the most iconic dance styles of the 1970s, Disco gets its name from the dance clubs in which it originated, which used records instead of live bands. The Bump is a form of popular dance introduced in the 1970s. Two partners, generally one male and one female, bump their hips against each other to the beat of the song.

  • Famous Faces Born

    ● Matt Damon ● Melania Trump ● Mariah Carey ● Naomi Campbell ● Ted Cruz ● Jason Lee ● Tonya Harding ● Julie Chen ● Andre Agassi ● Tina Fey ● Kelly Ripa

  • Popular Food

    ● Black Forest Cake ● Cheese Straws ● Fondue ● Watergate Salad ● Crepes ● Wacky Cakes ● Hamburger Helper ● Jell-O Salad ● Cheese balls ● Poke Cakes

  • Art

    Neo-expressionism, a style of modern painting, was very popular during the 1970's. Neo-expressionism focused on portraying simple objects like the human body in an abstract manner. They were referred to as the “new wild ones”. Artist in that field were people like Chuck Connelly and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

    Crafting became very popular in the 70. From crocheting, painting rocks, to Shrink Dinks!

    Our Art Throbs Club will be painting Neo-expressionism and sketching fashions of the decade.

  • Fun Facts

    ● Construction is completed on the Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) in Chicago, IL, in 1973, and it becomes the tallest building in the world until surpassed by the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1998 ● President Richard M. Nixon resigns from office on August 8, 1974 ● The last Americans (10 U.S. Marines) depart Vietnam on April 30, 1975 ● NASA's Viking 1 lands on Mars on July 20, 1976 ● The miniseries Roots airs from January 23 to January 30, 1977. The series would earn 36 Emmy nominations and win 9 ● The 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical is awarded to "Ain't Misbehavin'" ● The Bee Gees dominate the music charts with hits songs, including "Night Fever," "Stayin' Alive," and "How Deep Is Your Love"