Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution, on exhibit now at The Museum at FIT, runs March 6 - April 7. The exhibit explores the dramatic impact of youth culture on fashion during the 1960s. More than thirty garments, accessories, videos, and other related media are featured, including fashions by Yves Saint Laurent, André Courrèges, Giorgio di Sant’Angelo, and Biba.

The epicenter of youth-generated style was London, where young shoppers flocked to boutiques opened by energetic, equally young designers like Mary Quant. From the early 60s Mods to Hippies in the late 60s, their style influence was appropriated by mass marketers and high fashion alike. By comparing designs ranging from cutting-edge boutique and mass-market labels to high fashion ready-to-wear and couture, the exhibition attests to the ascendance of youth as the driving force in fashion.

Great examples of the most iconic fashion moments of the decade, including YSL’s safari shirt, and magazine pages of model Twiggy, plus references to the influence of music on fashion.

This exhibition has been organized and curated by FIT graduate students of the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program. Co-curators Tracy Jenkins and Cassidy Zachary will give public tours of the exhibition on March 14 at 10:30am, and on March 19 at 6pm. See their interview with Betsey Johnson on The Museum at FIT’s Youthquake page.

While visiting, don’t forget to check out FIT’s other exhibits: IMPACT and Fashion A-Z. For more info, see the FIT website. (photos: M.K.)