March 24, 2017, by Leigh Rudd
It is a two-square-mile area in London that birthed the “Youth Quake” in England in the mid-60’s and a few years later spread like wildfire in New York (1969) and then middle-America. California always had its own look, although even southern California was influenced to some extent.
There is no way of minimizing the “swinging 60’s” because it took over the fashion and music worlds in its influence. Yes, the King’s Road meant gorgeous, long-legged girls in micro-mini skirts and high boots; Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. But it was much more. It was all-encompassing in its impact on women’s attitudes about themselves. It influenced morality, creativity, sexuality, self-expression and courage. Fashion exploded in the 60’s from London. And it began in the area where I was living at the time… Chelsea, London.
This was what became known famously as the “Swinging 60’s” – the cultural firestorm that rocked the world.
To be continued…