An era of wide costume choices, here are just some of our ideas
Mary Quant – black and white was THE look here
Elizabeth Taylor (Cleopatra 1962)
Julie Andrews (Sound Of Music 1965)
Mary Poppins (1966)
Jeannie (from ‘I Dream of Genie’
Cruella de Vil (1962)
Eliza Dolittle (1964 My Fair Lady)
Mens fashion was influenced by the pop stars of the day. The Beatles wore smart suits with a small collar. The suit had a single breasted collarless jacket and slim pants. At Props & Frocks, we stock the plain grey suit favoured by The Beatles, but also the Sargent Pepper style costume as well.
Men wore Paisley shirts, velvet trousers and high collared Regency jackets. Men also began to wear their hair long
The beatnik look was popular with men as with women. Black berets, black slacks and dark glasses wore worn. Men wore sandals.
The ‘hippy’ look begun to develop towards the end of the decade. Mens hair got longer moustaches and sideburns were popular. We stock a large range of mens hippy costumes and accessories to help you to complete your outfit.
1960s fancy dress suggestions:
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (1969)
Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia 1962)
Dick Van Dyck (Mary Poppins 1962)
Batman & Robin
Lawrence of Arabia
- Wacky weed
- Giant spliffs
- Peace Medallions
- Hippy wigs
- Round Glasses
- Flower Power Glasses
- Hippy Kits
Many of the events we are asked to provide costumes for relate to specific decades, notably birthdays and anniversaries. Today, we celebrate the eightieth birthday of Petula Clark, a childhood star of the 1940s, who was the first British solo artist to win a Grammy, which she did in 1964, for the pop song ‘Downtown’.
Unlike some of the other stars of the 1960s era, she did not have a specific look and was very much the ‘girl next door’, even if she was fluent in several languages – very useful for the growing Euro-pop market of the time. That said, she also turned up in a number of films as a leading actress, notably ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ with Fred Astaire, and ‘Goodbye Mr Chips’ which starred Peter O’Toole. Her music regularly features on film soundtracks and period TV shows to ‘set the 60s mood’ – she was even credited with an intermission slot on a Monty Python show!
Obviously this is another ideal opportunity to work on a 1960s theme for an event, especially as the decade seems to be well into celebrating its 50th anniversary with help of keynote events – Bond, Beatles last month, Rolling Stones this month, etc., etc. To help you out, we are currently upgrading our ‘Decades’ information area within this website – just use the Search box to find more details.