The style, beauty and fashion from the 1960’s is classic and just plain gorgeous. When I think 1960’s style, I think of two different looks:
Late 60’s mod/ hip style a la Twiggy, Jane Birkin and Eddie Sedgwick.
Early 60’s lady-like, classic, sexy a la Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Jean Shrimpton.
No matter which part of the era is your personal fav, the styles from the 1960’s live on today. Many designers pull inspiration from the era and 60’s beauty trends can still be seen everywhere- winged eyeliner, a nude lip, Bardot hair and so many more! Why? because the looks are timeless, elegant and incredibly sexy.
I had the pleasure to shoot a season of a TV show, Public Morals, which took place in New York City in the 1960’s. The season showcased the beauty and glamour of the 60’s, but in a very gritty setting surrounded by all types of vice: prostitution, gangs, mobs and violence. Although the series shows the underbelly of NYC in the 60’s, the beauty of the era still shines through and makes even the most tense, violent scenes seem elegant and extremely stylized.
I had never worked on a period piece before, and I loved every second of it! On the show, I played “Fortune” a high end call girl/ school teacher who gets involved with one of the Public Morals cops. The wardrobe, hair and makeup really made me feel transported to another era and the locations we used made me see my city in a very different way. We shot out on the streets of NYC most of the time- it was incredible how many locations still today fit the look of the era!
To achieve the big hair, our hair stylist used hot rollers sets that were actually from the 1960’s and I sat in the “set” for about 45 minutes while I got my makeup done. The big full curls were then brushed out, teased at the top of my head, pinned and then sprayed to near death with hairspray. I haven’t used this technique for my daily life, and I probably never will, but I’ve learned that a little light teasing can really add life to my fine hair.
The makeup looks were SO fun. Playful eyeshadow colors, winged black eyeliner and lashes for days. This is so not my typical makeup look, but it made me feel transformed and inspired me to try experimenting with winged liner on my own- now it’s my go to look for a night out! Winged liner takes some practice and patience, but once you nail the technicalities of it, it’s a breeze.
I also swooned over the wardrobe I wore- the dresses, skirts, blouses were all vintage and all stunning! Many of the dresses could totally fit into my wardrobe of today- I love how fashion trends come back around so often….especially from such a classic, fashionable era.
Drawing inspiration from different eras can be a fun, fresh way to shake up your look.