1960: Miniskirts forever
Since the early sixties, miniskirts have become a symbol of women’s liberation, and in a way, they still are. The first miniskirts were designed by Mary Quant, followed by big names in the industry such as André Courrèges and Yves Saint Laurent. It wasn’t an American trend, but a worldwide statement of women’s independence. British model Twiggy sported miniskirts with knee-high boots, and in the U.S., Gloria Steinem raised some eyebrows with the short skirts.
When big names in fashion, namely Dior, failed to include miniskirts in their new collection, women who were considered the first feminists and called themselves the “British Society for the Protection of Mini Skirts” protested outside the Dior fashion show, holding signs reading “mini skirts forever.” Today it seems like more of a prophecy than a protest, since miniskirts did leave a mark on the fashion world, and they were around for a very long time.