1970s

Fashion Through the Decades

The 1970s was a decade of fragmentation for the United States. The economy collapsed, the country was divided over Vietnam, and the Watergate scandal destroyed the nation's trust in their elected officials. At the same time, young people, especially women, were rebelling against a system they thought was oppressive and unfair. This rebellion carried over into the world of fashion, bringing with it a rejection of clothing trends from previous decades. In the words of Charlotte Seeling, "[f]ashion - like life in general - was no longer subject to fixed rules; everyone could dress in what suited them." The result was a mishmash of patterns and fabrics meant to express the wearer's independence.

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