When I was a teen, I thought that the 1960s was the grooviest time ever. I thought it was fun, romantic, optimistic and kind. I loved watching movies made in the 60s. I loved the fashion and the type of women's beauty that was popular back then. Mama and Papa weren't mama and papa yet. They were young, fell madly in love, got married, moved to live in a very cool new town, where soon Andrei was born, and they became who they always will be - our Mama and Papa, though I did not became a reality till the 70s.
Life in the 1960s seemed simpler, happier and more genuine to me, when I was a teen. I would often have asked my parents whether they felt that way too.
I think they gently tried to let me know that some things were simpler, and some weren't. Later, I learned more about the Soviet history of that period, and I also learned that some things that they say in our school text books looked very different in real life. That even though in culture, literature, and cinema, there was a brief mini Renaissance, known as Khrushchev Thaw (оттепель) in the former USSR, it soon was stopped by the government, and new punishments and the heavy Iron Curtain followed that brief sip of fresh air.
Maybe that's why my feelings about the 1960s are bittersweet now. There was so much hope in that period, a hope for a real change, for more political, creative freedom, for freedom of thoughts and ideas. It seemed that it could never go back to where it was before, to the fear of government and the lack of freedom. Maybe that's why I subconsciously picked this outfit when I had an appointment with the government the other day. It is a nod to the dream period of my youth, to its hopefulness, cheeriness and a sip of freedom at first, and fear, imposed by the government, later.
All the pieces I'm wearing are modern and can be styled in a contemporary way. Both the funky print dress and the elegantly cool sleeveless coat were love at first sight. The dress is from Chico's, as probably half of my wardrobe is. And the coat is from a fantastic collaboration for Lane Bryant (another half of my wardrobe), only this time not by a recognized designer, but rather by future stars of the fashion design world - the students of the Otis College of Art and Design. I loved that whole collaboration, but this piece made it to my personal collection. Can you see these humongous pockets that go from front to back and are extra deep too?
These days, I do not dream about living in the 1960s, or any other time in the past, for that matter. But I still love certain aspects of the past, and fashion is one of them. The 60s with its looser (compared to the 50s) silhouettes and brighter (compared to the 40s) colors, the 60s with its happy music and new wave in the cinematography, the 60s with its hopeful and brave words in literature - yes, I love these aspects of the 60s. The 60s when Mama and Papa were young (I could be their parent now when I am in my 40s!), and madly in love, poor, but full of hope, with their whole life in front of them - yes, I love those sweet sixties.
Sleeveless coat - the collaboration between Otis College students and Lane Bryant
Dress - Chico's
Shoes - Vanelli
Purse - B Makowsky (old)
Earrings - old, from Russia
Sunglasses - Lane Bryant
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