Retro Evening Wear
The Peacock Revolution: Late '60s - Early '70s
The formal wear aberrations
of this era – particularly the late 1960s – were limited only by
designers' hallucinations. The following examples are not only
an amusing look at the past but also a pertinent caution about the
present. Unlike the
powder-blue tuxedo and its mainstream ilk, these were not the
products of a rental industry looking to make a buck off of naïve
youngsters. Instead they
were the creations of respected menswear designers championed by
leading fashion magazines. Keep that in mind the next time GQ announces the
latest, greatest thing in modern formal wear.
Alternative Formal Wear
In the counterculture of the 1960s “formal” was a four letter word. As a result, menswear magazines began to favor “evening” and “host” as a more innocuous descriptor for the decidedly informal alternatives being offered by manufacturers. Here are some examples.