For all those obsessing over the latest trends in giant bell sleeves, sky high platforms, and floral jumpsuits, here is a quick history lesson in 70s fashion. Now I’m not calling myself an expert by any means, but when you have a Cher-obsessed mother who listens to her 40-year-old record player on repeat while doing the dishes every night, you learn a thing or two about American culture. The most important person to know about before I start name dropping the basics would be Bob Mackie. If you don’t know who Bob Mackie is you should probably take a class in Hollywood Fashion 101. Mackie was (and still is) known by many as “the sultan of sequins” or “the rajah of rhinestones”. His career took off in the early 60s and has flourished ever since. He dressed everyone from Carol Burnett, to Dianna Ross, and even the queen herself (Cher of course). Being dressed by Bob Mackie was like being baptized by the Pope. Any 70s sensation worth mentioning just HAD to wear one of his famous designs.
Let’s move on to some of my favorite fashionistas of the time. First, there is Peggy Lipton. This fresh-faced beauty is well known as her role as a flower child hippie in a show called Mod Squad. Her look was very all-American with her long golden hair and her floral shift dresses and paisley scarves. She is pretty much the poster child of a modern day Free People catalog. Next we have Ali MacGraw. Her style was what I like to call boho-glamour with a subtle hint of New England prep. MacGraw’s look embodied romanticism with her easy silhouettes and innocent details. Finally a shout-out to the biggest hippie of them all: Janis Joplin. Joplin’s style is the go-to for festival fashion inspiration. She started everything from crotchet tops, suede jackets, over-sized glasses, and layers upon layers of beaded jewelry.
As an ode to 70s fashion I decided to shoot some fun pictures in this effortless bell sleeved maxi (thank you Forever 21 for making hippie fashion at such an affordable price). As always, I had so much fun shooting with the amazing Alyssa Keel of Prism Photography along with my blogger bestie Cait Christy of Love Your Fate. Go Check both of them out!
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