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As part of the Design Museum Fifty series,  50 Fashion Looks That Changed the 1960s (Paula Reed, Conran Octopus, £8.44 on Amazon) takes a  look at key fashion pieces from the Sixties.

With its youthquake, changing fashion industry and politically charged backdrop, the Sixties created a wealth of styles, fashions and looks of which many are still relevant today and continue to inspire. Be it Anital Pallenberg’s rock chick look, Vidal Sassoon’s precision hair cuts or Jackie Kennedy’s pill box hats, 50 Fashion Looks That Changed the 1960s highlights personal style, iconic models and celebrities as well as fashion designers from Quant to Courrèges, Pucci and YSL.

91HAaOUwyoL._AA1500_Each look is accompanied by a well-chosen image, which makes this not just an informative read but an inspiring browse through the decade’s many fashion highlights.

Picking just 50 looks from such a creative decade was never going to be easy, and the book features lesser known style icons  – Marsha Hunt, Nico or Jeanne Moreau – alongside the more obvious choices such as Twiggy or Quant.

However, key designers such as Tommy Nutter, who created Mick and Bianca Jagger’s wedding outfits, Foal and Tuffin – who put women in suits years before YSL –  or John Stephen, the retail guru who ‘made’ Carnaby Street, were left out, while the omission of design boutique Biba is simply inexcusable.

50 Fashion Looks That Changed the 1960s is a great introduction to the Sixties and inspirational showcase of some of the decade’s style icons although it somewhat fails in being a definitive guide to the decade’s fashion.

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