Okay, let’s get real. I love vintage (obviously), but I am not completely unbiased when it comes to decades. I truly love the ’40s for music, and the ’50s for its innocence, and the amazing art that came from the ’60s, but if I absolutely had to choose a favorite, it would be the 1970′s. It was the perfect balance between the outlandish, psychedelic 1960′s and the over-the-top, conservative 1980′s. The Seventies brought us Americana, disco, bell-bottoms, and fresh-faced models and celebrities to idolize. It still inspires fashion today, as there are touches of the ’70s in nearly every contemporary runway collection. But here are the greats, the classics, the best 1970′s Designers.
The king of Disco fashion, basically any dress on the dancefloor at Studio 54 was made by Roy Halston Frowick. Maxi dresses in draping, shimmery fabric have become synonymous with Seventies fashion, and it was almost exclusively because of Halston’s designs.
Still a top designer brand, Missoni became known for its psychedelic, space-dyed prints in bright colors. Much like shag carpeting, groovy knitwear might have become a fad, but it has stood the test of time!
Diane von Furstenberg
Every fashion lover knows the history and the importance of Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dress. Made with jersey fabric in any color under the sun, the dress allowed a modern Seventies woman free range of movement, a far cry from the stiff dresses of previous decades. Furstenberg helped usher in a new kind of fashionable woman, something she is still doing today.
While other ’70s designers tried to make their clothes look like art pieces, Bill Blass focused on what the typical American woman would want to wear. Clean, modern, and simply elegant designs like the ones from the Seventies are still incredibly in fashion today!
While punk and high-fashion may not seem like they would go hand-in-hand, that was before Vivienne Westwood came onto the scene. Westwood was deeply influenced by the hard-rock movement, and it lent to some of the most iconic and interesting styles of the Seventies.