These Color Photos Capture the Psychedelic Hippie Fashion in London during the 1960s


These fascinating photographs of psychedelic fashion in London were published in Paris Match magazine (October 1967 issue) and taken by photographer Philippe Le Taylor.

The 1960s were a time of cultural change and upheaval, an era that brought peace movements, hippie communes, and sweeping trends in music, art, and fashion. Rejecting consumerism, rebellious youth adopted psychedelic clothing as a creative reflection of the changing culture.

Considered unconventional and anti-establishment, the psychedelic clothing style's design can be seen in fur-trimmed vests, wide bell-bottom denim trousers, flowing kaftans, and floral decorations, used on both men's and women's apparel. is done. Distinctive characteristics of psychedelic clothing include intense vivid colors and swirling abstract patterns.

The psychedelic movement, also known as psychedelia, is characterized by the frequent use of bright, contrasting colors and typeset fonts that bend, balloon, and distort almost to the point of illegibility.

Technicolor paisley prints inspired by oriental textiles and bright flowers became very popular. The overall aesthetics were designed to simulate the visual sensorium associated with recreationally used psychoactive drugs such as LSD and psilocybin.

Artists such as Janis Joplin, the Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix became icons of the psychedelic movement and are known for adopting the boldly innovative styles and fashions associated with this era.

His psychedelic rock concert posters were inspired by Art Nouveau, Victoriana, Dada and Pop Art. Popular with hippie audiences, the posters for concerts at the Fillmore West, a concert auditorium in San Francisco, were among the most notable posters of the time.

Rich saturated colors in bright contrast, elaborately ornamented letters, strongly symmetrical compositions, collage elements, rubber-like distortions, and bizarre iconography are all hallmarks of the San Francisco psychedelic poster art style.

The genre flourished from approximately 1966 to 1972. His work was immediately influential to album cover art, and indeed all of the above artists also created album covers.

The psychedelic light show was a new art form developed for rock concerts. Using oil and dye in emulsion set between large convex lenses on overhead projectors, light show artists created bubbling liquid scenes that pulsated to the beat of the music.

It was mixed with slide shows and film loops to create an improvised motion picture art form, and to give visual representation to the rock band's improvised jams and create an altogether "trippy" atmosphere for the audience.

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