Swinging 60s fashion show

Swinging 60s fashion is on at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest from 2pm on Saturday, May 26. Cost $25 includes afternoon tea.

The swinging 60s was an era of prosperity and rebellion for the young who developed a new and very different interest in fashion, music and nightclubs. After a decade of cinched waists, full skirts and impeccable hair and makeup, many fashion traditions were broken in an act of rebellion, mirroring the momentous social and political changes of the decade.

Fashion became fun, designed by the young for the young and broke away from the exclusivity of haute couture. It was the era where no skirt was too short and no beehive too high.

Cavalcade’s presentation on the Swinging 60s will feature a selection of gowns from this era – miniskirts, cocktail frocks, little black dress, paper dresses, beachwear, underwear and nightwear. Hear the fascinating stories of the time and the women who wore these gowns.

Today we can still thank Jean Shrimpton for bare legs and ‘that’ white mini, Mary Quant for mod prints, Audrey Hepburn and her LBD, Twiggy’s pixie cut and original IT girl Edie Sedgwick for lashings of eyeliner, chandelier earrings and sheer black tights.

Come along and relive the 60s with the Friends of the Gallery’s Cavalcade of History and Fashion themed talk.  Examples from the 60s collection are carried amongst the audience, allowing a closer look at pieces as commentary highlights the background stories!

ll funds raised go toward restoration projects managed by Friends of the Gallery. To book and pay please contact Fiona Knoke at 4732 8702 or fiona.knoke@penrith.city. Payment is via credit card or cash at the time of booking.