Monday, July 16, 2012

Manic Mod-Day: Youthquake

One of the very best items I ever found was this 60's Emmanuelle Khanh for Youthquake silver lamé dress. I can still remember finding it in the children's clothing section of the Salvation Army about 8 years ago. It was in pristine condition! I sold it eBay shortly after and I've missed it ever since.

Emmanuelle Khanh for Youthquake silver lame dress

Emmanuelle Khanh for Youthquake
Youthquake was a 1960s fashion, musical and cultural movement. The term was coined by Vogue's editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland in 1963. London was the center of this movement. Teenagers dominated the fashion and music scene. The fashion of youthquake was fun, spirited and youthful – miniskirts and jumpsuits. Poster girls of the youthquakers such as Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, Penelope Tree, Veruschka, and Edie Sedgwick were often on the cover of fashion magazines such as Vogue. Mary Quant and Betsey Johnson were named as some of the fashion designers at the helm of the youthquake movement. Andy Warhol and his muses were also seen as part of the youthquake movement. - via Wikipedia

Youthquake was also a clothing line that included talent from London such as Mary Quant and Emmanuelle Khahn (who designed my dress above), and creative young American designers like Betsey Johnson, Deanna Littell, and Joel Schumacher (yep the Hollywood director!). Youthquake was a division of Puritan Fashion owned by Carl Rosen that sold traditional dresses. The line sold in the undisputed house of mod, the Paraphernalia boutiques. Shops in London and New York opened by British entrepreneur Paul Young.
Betsey Johnson, a zany assistant in the art department of Mademoiselle—she had won the magazine’s Guest Editor contest for college students and was charming the staff with the little sweaters and T-shirt dresses she sewed at home. She was “young and kicky and with-it,” Mademoiselle’s Locke remembers. So when Young called looking for ideas, Locke didn’t hesitate to recommend her. Johnson still remembers her first meeting with Young: “I had all these crayon drawings, and I went to meet Paul and there he was, drawing with crayons.” She was hired on the spot. - via NY Magazine

[caption id="attachment_2173" align="aligncenter" width="440"] Yellow Gold YouthQuake by Michael Mott Dress $150.00 by The Roo Vintage[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2172" align="aligncenter" width="440"] Vintage 1960s Youthquake Knit Spaceage Knit Mini Dress $215.00 by Yum Yum Vintage[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2175" align="aligncenter" width="440"] Dress 1960s Vintage 60s YOUTHQUAKE Purple Metallic Mod Mini Dress - SOLD by BombshellShocked[/caption]

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[...] gander around for Carlette. Turns out Emmanuelle Khanh was one of the lines contributing designers. I’ve had another Khanh piece in my possession some years ago. That one was for Youthquake and included her name on the label, so we know it was her [...]