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How the miniskirt has changed the fashion history

History and fun facts about the most controversial and revolutionary piece of clothing of the 60s

How the miniskirt has changed the fashion history History and fun facts about the most controversial and revolutionary piece of clothing of the 60s

Despite having recently celebrated its fifty years, the miniskirt has managed to keep intact its image of timeless freshness and novelty. The history of this garment tells what has been the path of emancipation of women, but also how social values ​​and aesthetic taste have changed throughout history. 

The strong desire for change, the claim for rights and the need for practical and economic clothing made this garment become the most discussed and representative of the 1900s, an era in which we can read in every modification of the miniskirt a change in the values ​​of the aesthetic sense of the society of the past. This small flap of very short, sensual and trendy fabric has been useful in the re-evaluation of everything that in clothing is a symbol of woman, bringing with it a strong connotation of social change. 


History of the miniskirt

The invention of the miniskirt dates back to 1963 when it appeared for the very first time on the window of the historic London shop "Bazaar" thanks to Mary Quant, British designer to whom the invention of the miniskirt is attributed and who has anticipated the birth of the English street-style. 

The designer, in fact, after the dispute with the tailor André Courrèges on the invention of the miniskirt, declared that it was the street itself that invented this garment and that the credit goes neither to her nor to her colleague. Many argued that in the 1960s the future laid in André Courragès' scissors. Mini-skirts, geometric lines, bodysuits, pop art, totally white, vinyl and plastic fabrics are the most characteristic features of those innovations that today we find everywhere in the world of fashion. 

"The Courrèges effect" was everywhere. Yves Saint Laurent himself declared that it was the example of this cotourier that led him in 1965 to create less conventional clothes; and Balenciaga himself, at the time, also shortened the rims of 10 cm, also influenced by the innovative style of his disciple and by the unstoppable change in current fashion.

The first miniskirts were colourful and geometrically squared, then with time, they became more transgressive and increasingly shorter. The tailor's merit was that of pausing to reflect on the needs of the working woman who required comfort, simplicity and freedom of movement. In fact, these new skirts characterized by a futuristic aspect perfectly reflected the vocation in seeking a way of living and dressing made easier through design.
The motto was to minimize to reach a maximum of seductiveness and comfort. 

Personalities like Twiggy, Jackie Kennedy and Brigitte Bardot started to wear this new item just as if it were a uniform and became the face behind his creation that saw the end of an era marked by conservationism and sexual modesty. 

In the 90s designers like Dolce & Gabbana or Prada built entire collections on this piece, affirming its importance and making the miniskirt become an icon of that time.

However, not everyone was enthusiastic about this new and controversial garment characterized by sartorial rationalism. For critics, in fact, the skirt was the symbol of the homologation of the woman-object rather than an achievement marked by emancipation. Coco Chanel herself described the miniskirt as "just awful".

It is certainly not a novelty that the past continually returns to the present: in fashion, courses have almost cyclical frequencies, in particular, the inspiration from the 60s we are talking about today is connected to the sensational awakening of the need for freedom in the way of dressing, a characteristic that appears again with more impudence and aggression than ever.

The miniskirt today has a very different value from that of the past, where this garment represented a casual mix of consumerism, generational struggle and rebellion against taboos. That this garment is in denim, leather, suede, satin or lace, it represents a fashion trend and a status symbol to be pursued beyond any critical sense; it is no longer the garment that is important but the way to wear it since it is the attitude that creates style.


Fun facts

1. The first appearances of the skirt date back to 2130 BC. with the Egyptians who spread the shendit, a short skirt wrapped around the hips and initially created as a purely male garment.

2. In 2009 a stamp was dedicated to the skirt in England.

3. It was nicknamed "mini" skirt because Mary Quant was obsessed with Fiat Mini-cars.

4. The spread of the miniskirt gave birth to the market of the nylon tights.

5. With the miniskirt George Taylor's theory "the index of the hem" was also born. This theory insinuated that the edges of the skirts went up along with the share prices. In fact, it was found that in periods of prosperity miniskirts were snapped up while periods of unfavourable economic times, such as the collapse of the Wall Street stock exchange, were characterized by chastened looks with very long skirts.

6. Shortening skirts under 61 cm made miniskirts children's garments and therefore not subject to the high purchase tax.

7. One of the reasons for the birth of the miniskirt was also the problem of the lack of textile material that did not allow to sew a skirt in its entirety.

8. In 1968 Paco Rabanne created a skirt made of gold and diamonds worth 10.4 million dollars.

9. In 2015 the World Mini-skirt Day was proclaimed, dated June 6 by Ben Othman, Tunisian president of the league in defence of secularism and freedoms, who dedicated this day to women oppressed by the system

10. The French feminist Hubertine Auclert created the league for short skirts, an association that fought for the right to less bulky clothing and more comfortable in movement.


nss G-Club special tips

And after this introduction, nss G-Club selected 10 of the coolest miniskirts of the moment, which recall the trends of the past that blend with the latest fashion trends. Enjoy!

Sandro

Sandro

195€
Courrèges

Courrèges

540€
Stussy

Stussy

155€
Jacquemus

Jacquemus

460€
AREA

AREA

780€
Carhartt Work In Progress

Carhartt Work In Progress

70€
SJYP

SJYP

265€
Calvin Klein Jeans

Calvin Klein Jeans

50€
Uniqlo x JW Anderson

Uniqlo x JW Anderson

40€