The Birth and Immortality of the Mini Dress

With liberation ideologies popping up from one corner after another, the new generation of the 1950s, the post war era, came up with different ways to express themselves not only through speech but also through symbols and actions represented by revolution in music such as Rock and Roll and many others. The ideas and expressions found its way also to the fashion industry were breakthroughs like the mini dress was born.

The advent of the 1960’s coined the term “teenagers” were this age group became an integral part of the society unlike the 1950’s. Trend in fashion and clothing bend towards the teenage market were comfort became an important aspect of the attire. These new craving inevitably led to the evolution of the skirt were for the first time it was accepted to go shorter in direct contrast to the 1950’s were it was deemed taboo.

As stated, during that time, the shortening of the skirt arises from the current need or type of activity. Thus, in high energy activities like sports, shorter kinds of skirts are typically seen. The mobility it provides to the women is vital. Now accepted to the general sporting circles, fashion designers took the bold step of incorporating them to the casual woman attire, these includes John Bates, Mary Quant and Andre Courreges.

The mini dress became the talk of the town during Quant’s “mini Bazaar” and other designers like Yves St. Laurent immediately rode the band wagon. The wildfire-like popularity of the mini dress owes it to the popular TV. The shows during the 60’s attend to the tastes of women and the mini dress’ popularity crossed boundaries and oceans. The mini skirt was introduced to the United States by Rudi Gernreich.

During the 70’s, ‘maxis’ or skirts that run its full length returned. In an ironic fashion, the women who drive for changes in this era are pushing against the mini, the usual icon for women’s liberty back a decade before. The mini dress are commonly attributed to the lowering the status or perception of women towards the society.

The minis returned in full and increasing force during the 80’s. Along with constant exposure from media of various sorts, film, theatre, TV and musicals. Many musicians wear minis to draw further attention and interests, these include super stars like DeBarge, Madonna (‘Like a virgin’ video), group ‘Pepsi and Shirlie’.

The popularity of miniskirts and mini dresses continue in the boob-tube since the early 90’s to the 21st century and is still enjoying so much popularity today that transcends the film and TV industry, that it is already a common sight, like the characters of ‘Sex in the City’.

Now a staple in the skirt and dress industry, the mini while already in its golden 50’s still has a long way to go, it has become a classic and ageless attire. Now, with all the possible types, colors and styles, it continues to grow bigger. Any possible occasion has a perfect mini dress that can come with it, yes, even in wedding events. The modern trend also gets inspiration from the past as wearing jeans and leggings is always an option to more conservative ones. Sports, night outs, formal celebrations and the list goes on, for each of those, you can always count on your mini dress.

Since being born back in the 50’s, the mini will always here to stay, and even grow bigger.