MINI SKIRTS FOREVER!
MINI SKIRTS ARE FOR EVERYONE!
Mini skirts forever and mini skirts for everyone! At Babes Rage, we love considering how fashion makes an impact. If you’re a babe who enjoys a higher hemline, you know that mini skirts still make an impression. To this day, while we look at fashion history from our favorite era, we note that in many ways not much has changed societally since mini skirts (and go go boots) rose to the forefront of fashion trends in the mid-60s.
On one hand, mini skirts symbolize freedom and empowerment. However, to this day dressing how one chooses (in higher hemlines for example), comes with judgments and can even be dangerous depending on who and where you are. Why?
Shouldn’t babes everywhere be free to dress how they choose without having to cater to other’s expectations? Or worse case scenario, worry about safety?
Babes Rage celebrates the 60s and 70s casting a spotlight on trends from our favorite era. Let’s consider how fashion trends from the past changed society. Let’s also take it a step further, making sure everyone is included in the fun. Mini skirts are forever and mini skirts are for everyone!
IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT MINI SKIRTS
Origination of the mini skirt is credited to designer Mary Quant who named the iconic fashion game-changer after her favorite car, the Mini Cooper.
While Quant insists the mini skirt largely evolved in conjunction with street fashion trends, Quant’s designs popularized the mini through her signature hallmark 60s style.
The mini skirt was born from street fashion, where the collective of ragin’ babes reigns supreme. Babes make the rules. And they wanted shorter skirts! Because not only do mini skirts look groovy, they feel groovy too! Imagine a world without mini skirts. You feel sad, don’t you?
For an excellent article on what mini skirts meant during the 60s and how short skirts remain relevant, check out: How to To Show Rebellion? Wear A Miniskirt.
Here’s a highlight from the article which shows the impact of mini skirts: ‘What you choose to wear, describes the core of your personality. If you are brave enough to wear a mini, you are free and empowered. V&A Curator, Stephanie Woods spoke to BBC Designed on how high hemlines didn’t stop women from being in charge of their sexual preferences. She said that, “As more women entered the workforce, gaining their own independent wealth, and women began to gain more autonomy over their own bodies with the introduction of the contraceptive pill.” That was how the women during 1960s presented themselves when they adorned a mini.’
Mini skirts meant something then and still mean something now.
DON'T BETRAY THE MINI
Mini skirts aren’t everyone’s taste. But at the peak of mini skirt popularity, when fashion designer Christian Dior failed to include higher hemlines in their 1966 collection, a group of babes called Women from the British Society for the Protection of Mini Skirts took to the streets to make their voices heard. While perhaps leaning more towards an endearing theatrical happening than an outcry, the “Mini Skirts Forever” protest is a real historical event.
On September 12, 1966, there was a protest outside the House of Dior against the “unfair” or lack of mini skirt representation in the 1966 Dior fashion collection. Thankfully, there are images from the protest now preserved as an iconic moment and memorable phrase. Mini skirts forever!
In our own World, we wanted to recreate the message of that moment for fun.
More broadly though, we want to express that fashion is for everyone. And that includes mini skirts! If a babe is wearing something, it means they like the way they look and feel. And that’s definitely something worth fighting for.
Amelia Bearhardt is wearing our Kansas Mojo Graphic Tee.