Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

Fresh Prints

The mid sixties into the seventies was a spectacular period for fabric design. There were innovations in cloth that gave us silky polyesters. When they were printed with the new synthetic dyes, a whole world of exciting possibilities opened up.

The color combinations were wild, shocking, sometimes clashing. And the prints! Swirls, paisleys, geometrics, psychedelics and all manner of reigned florals emerged.

In contrast to the rather ladylike patterns of the fifties, sixties textiles were a whirlwind of fantasy and wit. Here are a few examples.

Emilio Pucci, the Prince of Prints, designed in bright, clear colors and modern geometric designs:

emilio-pucci print

Emilio Pucci print

In England, the designer Barbara Hulanicki reached back to art deco themes, updated with modern color palettes for her popular Biba shops.

Biba print

Biba print

Master colorist Emanuel Ungaro gave us fluid prints:

Ungaro print

Ungaro print

Textile designer Celia Birtwell drew her inspiration from romantic and classical themes, reinterpreted for a modern audience. Her husband, designer Ossie Clark, printed her designs onto chiffon, jersey or crepe de chine and cut them into his flamboyant frocks.

cecelia birtwell print

Cecelia Birtwell print

Here are some prints on dresses I have in the shop right now.

vintage mod prints

Dreamy colors

vintage mod prints

Pop art prints

vintage mod prints

Paisleys and geometrics

vintage mod prints

vintage mod prints

Author: Winters Past

I am a vintage clothing shop owner living and working in rural north Florida. I believe in adding a little vinegar and molasses to my greens, having my coffee outside whenever possible, and mixing something vintage into every room and every outfit.

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