Category Archives: fashion

Hot Pants Were The Sexiest Clothing of the 1960s and 1970s

Hot pants, or ‘short shorts’ describe extremely short shorts, which may be worn by women or to a lesser extent, by men. The term was first used by Women’s Wear Daily in 1970 to describe shorts made in luxury fabrics such as velvet and satin for fashionable wear, rather than their more practical equivalents that had been […]

Everything ’80s Is New Again —The Most Famous Looks of the Decade

When it comes to ’80s fashion, we have a (surprising) amount to be thankful for. While the decade hasn’t influenced our wardrobes for a long time, in recent months, we’ve come to the realization that all the most current trends today are courtesy of the ’80s. And if you’re sitting there with a raised eyebrow, […]

Vintage 1970s Photos of New York Street Life and Home Life

Dancing at the Ice Palace During Bartenders Weekend Cherry Grove Fire Island, NY September 1977

Paradise & Purgatory: SASSY ’70s Suburbia & The City juxtaposes intimate images of home life on Long Island alongside NYC street and night life – the likes of which have never been seen. Quirky, nostalgic and a bit naughty, it’s a genuine cultural capsule of a decade that captivates today’s generation. The photos and stories […]

Strike a Pose – Australian Fashion Photos in 1960s and 1970s

'Granny' dresses, 1975

In 2008 the National Archives created the touring exhibition Strike a Pose, with guest curator Lee Lin Chin. Australian style of the 1960s and 70s is explored through the eyes of government photographers during a period of cultural and social change. A sample of photographs from Strike a Pose are showcased here, along with commentary by Lee Lin Chin. (Via Australian Archives) You […]

18 Vintage Photos of New York Disco Era in Bushwick 1970’s and 1980s

NYC in the late 1970s and early 80s could best be described using Charles Dickens’ phrase “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Meryl Meisler’s photographs documented it with compassion and humor. As the city neared bankruptcy, crime rates rose, epidemics of arson and crack made the Big Apple seem […]

If You Wore Bell Bottoms and Watched “Charlie’s Angels,” Chances Are You’ll Remember “Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific” Shampoo

Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific was a popular shampoo in the 1970s and 1980s. Manufactured by the Andrew Jergens Company, the shampoo had a strong floral scent that softened after rinsing and remained in the user’s hair for some time. The product’s unusually long name was satirized on The Simpsons. In one episode, Patty Bouvier waxes […]

Vintage Photos Show How Women Straighten Their Hair With a Clothes Iron From the 1960s

Hair straighteners have become popular in the early 1960s and have been in use ever since. Some women used clothes irons to straighten their hair. This dangerous practice was abandoned after the 1960s although it can still be found in some countries. The sexual revolution was not the only backlash against the idealistic demands placed […]

Old Portraits of Jews From the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Until the 1860s, all Jerusalem residents lived within the walls of the Old City. The walls were built in the 16th century by Suleiman the Magnificent, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, secure in the knowledge that the city gates were locked from sunset to sunrise and that residents were protected from marauding Bedouins. But as […]

These Vintage Photos Reveal New York City Fashion of the 1960s

Women’s 1960s fashion was an extreme style and attitude from the start of the decade to the end. In the early years the fashion idol was Jackie Kennedy with her perfectly white pearls and tailored suit dresses. By the the middle of the decade supper model Twiggy had women freeing their minds and bodies into […]