1964 – 1970: When Fashion was a social revolution, not just a brand!

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dark green quote 1Clothes make the man but often imprison the woman.
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………………………….Kerry Cue, Sibylesque (Written for this post).


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This is the story of a Fashion Revolution

1. How our mothers dressed in 1960.

1 Melbourne Cup 1960 island continent blog

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2. How we dressed in 1964.

1a Beatles Concert Brisbane 1964 qsl archive

 

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3. We wore the same clothes as our mothers and the same UNDERWEAR too!

2 panty girdle barbarafalconernewhall

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4. Ads were patronising. This was pre-feminism! Women, apparently, didn’t have brains back then.

3 Berlei Sarong Girdle pinterest

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5. Mothers bought girdles for their girls, but they were a fashion statement!

4 1960s Girdle eBay

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6. Bloomers could be worn over the ‘tarty’ suspender belts!

5 witches britches eBay

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7. 1964: The revolution begins ….

6 Anita 1964 Flikr Paul Galesko photostream

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8. 1965: Now hemlines go up, Up, UP!

8a JeanShrimpton Derby Day 1965 The Vine Blog

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9. 1966: Mother cannot wear this new mini-skirt fashion!

7 Mini skirt is born vintageeveryday blog

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10. 1967: The mini-skirt becomes the hottest fashion.

9 Melbourne Cup 1967 pinterest

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11. 1968: The mini-skirt goes mainstream

9a mini 63highlanders blog

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12. 1969: The mini-skirt defines Pop Culture

10 Go Go Dancer Sandy Goretro blog

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13. Don’t forget the boots …

11 Go Go Dancer Boot

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14. 1970: Mama don’t rule no more!

12 Hot Pants dellamoda blog

Kerry Cue is a humorist, journalist, mathematician, and author. You can find more of her writing on her blog. Her latest book is a crime novel, Target 91, Penmore Press, Tucson, AZ (2019).

Photo Source: 1. Islandcontinent blog, 2. Queensland State Library Archive, 3. barbarafalconernewhall blog, 4. pinterest, 5.eBay, 6. eBay, 7. Flikr Paul Galesko photostream, 8. The Vine, 9. vintageeveryday blog, 10. pinterest, 11. 63highlanders blog, 12. goretro blog, 13 eBay, 14. dellamoda blog

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The Sibyls Salute: Merle Thornton and Ro Bogner

by Kerry Cue

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Fifty years ago on 31 March 1965 Merle Thornton* and Rosalie Bogner chained themselves to the Regatta Hotel bar rail in a strategic and planned protest for women’s rights.

The protest was aimed at lifting the marriage bar whereby women were forced to resign from the public service when they married. Merle had not informed her employer, the ABC, of her marriage, but when she fell pregnant she was forced to resign.

Merle and Ro staged the protest in a hotel opposite the ABC buildings in Brisbane in time for the evening news. Their husbands handed out leaflets and both news reporters and the police turned up. Following the publicity that ‘the wives of two well know university lecturers’ had staged a protest, both Merle and Ro received death threats and abuse over the phone but also some support.

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Questions asked in the Queensland parliament included: ‘Where were their children?’, ‘Should the children be put in care?’ and ‘Should their husbands be psychologically examined to see if they are fit to be academics?’

Merle and Ro went on to form The Equal Opportunities for Women Assoc, the first in Australia and possibly the world. Neither the unions nor the political parties were interested in lifting the Marriage Bar.

After much lobbying Bill Hayden, a member of this association and a federal member of parliament introduced a private members bill to lift the ban. An emergency Cabinet meeting was called, followed by an announcement that the ban would be lifted under a Commonwealth Act.

In August 1966, 18 months after Merle and Ro’s bar protest, the lifting of the marriage bar was signed into law along with the introduction of the first accouchement leave or (unpaid) Maternity leave.

We, the Sibyls, salute Merle Thornton and Ro Bogner for their strategic brilliance, gutsy determination and political nous. We also thank them for kick-starting the 2nd Wave Feminist Agenda 50 years ago to the benefit of all Australian women.

*Merle is the mother of well-known actress Sigrid Thornton. In 2014, the Regatta Hotel named a bar after Merle Thornton.

More details:

TV interview Merle Thornton and Ro Bogner, ABC, aired 10 April, 1965.

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1964: The year fashion promoted a revolution, not just a brand!

Roman border green


dark green quote 1Clothes make the man but often imprison the woman.
dark green quote 2

………………………….Kerry Cue, Sibylesque (Written for this post).

Roman border green

This is the story of a Fashion Revolution

1. How our mothers dressed in 1960.

1 Melbourne Cup 1960  island continent blog

………………..

2. How we dressed in 1964.

1a Beatles Concert Brisbane 1964 qsl archive

 

………………………………………

3. We wore the same clothes as our mothers and the same UNDERWEAR too!

2 panty girdle barbarafalconernewhall

……………………………………..

4. Ads were patronising. This was pre-feminism! Women, apparently, didn’t have brains back then.

3 Berlei Sarong Girdle  pinterest

………………………….

5. Mothers bought girdles for their girls, but they were a fashion statement!

4 1960s Girdle eBay

……………………………..

6. Bloomers could be wore over the ‘tarty’ suspender belts!

5 witches britches eBay

………………………………….

7. 1964: The revolution begins ….

6 Anita 1964 Flikr Paul Galesko photostream

……………………………………..

8. 1965: Now hemlines go up, Up, UP!

8a JeanShrimpton Derby Day 1965  The Vine Blog

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9. 1966: Mother cannot wear this new mini-skirt fashion!

7 Mini skirt is born vintageeveryday blog

……………………………………

10. 1967: The mini-skirt becomes the hottest fashion.

9 Melbourne Cup 1967   pinterest

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11. 1968: The mini-skirt goes mainstream

9a  mini 63highlanders blog

…………………………………

12. 1969: The mini-skirt defines Pop Culture

10 Go Go Dancer Sandy    Goretro blog

…………………………..

13. Don’t forget the boots …

11 Go Go Dancer Boot

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14. 1970: Mama don’t rule no more!

12 Hot Pants  dellamoda blog

Photo Source: 1. Islandcontinent blog, 2. Queensland State Library Archive, 3. barbarafalconernewhall blog, 4. pinterest, 5.eBay, 6. eBay, 7. Flikr Paul Galesko photostream, 8. The Vine, 9. vintageeveryday blog, 10. pinterest, 11. 63highlanders blog, 12. goretro blog, 13 eBay, 14. dellamoda blog

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