With the 60s and 70s being a big trend on the runway, for this throwback thursday we’re taking a look at 1970s prints and silhouttes that are inspiring us today.

TBT PicA while back we looked at 1960s prints, which had a heavy influence from geometry and the rise of television and media. The new attraction to exotic musical and artistic influences in the 1970s catapulted the paisley print in magazines and adorned the hippest pop icons of the day; most noticeably The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Kinks, and The Who. The paisley design was commonly associated with rebellion; it was a statement of non-conformity, a welcome alternative to the preceding sober mod fashion trends. It was the perfect print for the androgynous hedonistic counter-culture of the hippies. The hippie look encouraged the spirit of multiculturalism and paisley patterns and other fabrics from around the world were visual statements of this principle.

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On the runway today we are seeing a blend of the 60s and 70s. This time around it’s a new-wave approach to androgyny. We’re seeing tailored shirts or suit jackets paired with wide leg trousers and a printed long-sleeve maxi that perfectly reflects the boho silhoutte that thrived in the 70s. 

Miu Miu Fall 2012 RTW
Miu Miu Fall 2012 RTW
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Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear

Check out our Pinterest Page for more 70s print inspiration!