What do you need to know about the Peacock Revolution?

What do you need to know about the Peacock Revolution?

What do you need to know about the Peacock Revolution? – In the early 1960s, men in London changed men’s fashion and their style of appearance. As the economy boomed, the young men took well-paid jobs or started their own businesses.

This period is known as the peacock revolution. Because these men started wearing colourful clothes. The peacock revolution was a period of social liberation for man.

Men did not conform to the dress codes and norms of their social class. They wore what they wanted.

 

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“You might have three halfpennies in your pocket and not a view on the world, but you could stand on a street corner in your new clothes and indulge in a private reverie like Clark Gable.”

-George Orwell


Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones guitar embodied this look. Velvet or striped suits, brocade waistcoats, ruffled collared shirts. “These ‘young’ men grew their hair long and dressed in radically new styles, largely as a break from their parents’ conformist traditionalism, but also to explore and assert their individuality.”

 

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During the peacock revolution, some men blurred gender boundaries. Not because of sexual orientation, but because of the way the hottest rock stars dressed. Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix’s masculinity was not compromised by the clothes they wore.

 

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As The Guardian reported, “Ever since Elvis wore eyeliner, rock men have enjoyed dressing up and challenging the cultural ideal of masculinity. Pop’s most iconic men – David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Jimi Hendrix – have dominated rock ’till nine in ruffled blouses, glittery make-up, brocades, heels and feather boas.”

The androgynous look was not the look of homosexual men. There were many phenomena that experimented with wearing clothes and accessories worn by the opposite sex.

“Ten years ago, the average man hid safely behind the rugged anonymity of his uniform, a dark, three-button single-breasted suit. Today men are not afraid of the criticism that would have kept them from showing originality in their wardrobe 10 years ago.”

 

 

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