At this moment in time what is your favourite party outfit? How do you like to dress for a marquee event, night club jaunt or disco? Colourful tights? A skaters dress? Or are you a lover of the skinny jeans with matching tight top? What’s the wackiest thing you’ve worn to a party in a marquee?
Whatever your choices, it’s funny to think that in a few decades in to the future, future generations will look back at today’s clothes we wear and be amazed and blown away by them. These once fine high street ensembles in your wardrobe will become vintage and your children will probably be asking if they can borrow some of your clothes for a fancy dress party rather than for a respectable do in a plush marquee.
But what are some of the other memorable party items of the past and what did your parents or grandparents wear when they went out dancing, or possibly wear to that special marquee event?
The 1920s were something of a turning point for fashion and this was when clothes really entered a new fashionable age. Fashionable females no longer wanted to be out socialising in restricted garments and layer upon layers of clothing anymore, skirts became funkier, looser and nicely fitted. Some of the most iconic dresses from the 1920s were Flapper dresses which were straight-fitting, chemise-like dresses that usually featured shiny tassels. These iconic dresses were often complemented with scarves, beads, fur coats and elaborate head dresses for a glamorous party look, befitting of any marquee party event. These outfits liberated women who became free to move around easily and could enjoy plenty of dancing. A get together in a marquee was not uncommon in those days, though they were reserved for the respected gentry of the time.
Moving forward a few decades, the 1960s were a time when women really went to town with fashion trying new and funky looks. The era was all about a new found freedom, living life to the full and experimentation. When it came to party wear and marquee party wear, mini-skirts reigned supreme for women and models like Twiggy were the fashion icons of the day.
Mini dresses were huge and hemlines got shorter and shorter as the swinging sixties progressed. Geometric patterns were all the rage on cute A-line dresses that filled and swung across many of the vogue like dance floors of the sixties.
Many of the trends from the 1960s continued into the 1970s and many of the 60s fashions continued to dominate. However, the 70s became the era of the disco and this started to change the clothes people wore on nights out. Think about the dancing king himself – John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever and you’ll start to get the right idea. The incredible jumpsuit became a topic for many and the disco music brought about the introduction of loads of spandex and glitter. The popularity of boob tube tops grew when worn with flared trousers and plenty of glitter for a night out at the local disco, whilst the platform shoe rose in height.
It was a different story altogether in the 1980s and the clothes Madonna worn were a big influence on girl’s fashion. Overnight, almost all the cool kids were walking about in tight skirts, big shoulder pads and ripped tights which were definitely in – as were rather big hairdos. Similar to the disco decade of the 70s, glitter was also a big deal in the 1980s and lots of the outfits people wore on a night out included plenty of sparkle.
These outfits do seem to be bordering toward the outrageous in hindsight but when you consider some of the towering heels and sequined dresses we wear these days, you can only imagine what people will think of our party clothes in the future.