Skye Robertson-Hughes is one of The Stepford Wives in the production of Boomtown.
Skye Robertson-Hughes is one of The Stepford Wives in the production of Boomtown.

Boomtown looks back at the ’60s with fashion to delight

BOOMTOWN loosely places Gladstone in the 1960s era, which is known for its Mad Men-style clothing.

Mad Men character Joan Harris wears a conservative but fitted dress from the early '60s. This is before fashion changed about 1966 with shorter skirts, psychedelic patterns and thicker eyelashes.
Mad Men character Joan Harris wears a conservative but fitted dress from the early '60s. This is before fashion changed about 1966 with shorter skirts, psychedelic patterns and thicker eyelashes. Frank Ockenfels

Australian tie and scarf luxury designer Edwin Pireh said the years of style leading into the '60s was embodied by stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor.

"An era that was experiencing major global changes gave birth to a style that is still evident in today's fashion," Mr Pireh said.

The fashion is generally flattering to the female body, with cinched waists and A-line skirts.

Mr Pireh said women had a secret to creating that figure.

"Girdles were the must-have of the 1950s and were responsible for that perfect silhouette associated with this era. The addition of stockings and a garter added a risky, sexy element," he said.

Along with a feminine shape, flawless presentation carried to all elements.

"Make-up and grooming was applied with one rule, to appear natural," he said.

"Hair was curled in one way or another; otherwise, any other style was deemed 'not lady-like'."

These looks from Queensland Music Festival designer Josh McIntosh work around this concept.

"We were going for a simple late-'50s, early '60s housewife look," he said.

"But a little bit exaggerated, with the crazy big beehive hair and dresses in pastels. We've taken a lot of liberties with all the costumes in the show.

"We're not trying to be too era-specific. There's suggested notions of different eras and also of the era now."

Mad Men character Betty Francis wears a bright conservative style dress from the early '60s. This is before fashion changed about 1966 with shorter skirts, psychedelic patterns and thicker eyelashes.
Mad Men character Betty Francis wears a bright conservative style dress from the early '60s. This is before fashion changed about 1966 with shorter skirts, psychedelic patterns and thicker eyelashes. Frank Ockenfels

 

Mad Men character Peggy Olson in a '60s style outfit.
Mad Men character Peggy Olson in a '60s style outfit. Frank Ockenfels

Trend alert

FOLLOWING on from the success of the maxi skirt, we're now trending with the midi.

This skirt is full and flowing or it can be tight and pencil-like.

You're never in danger of tripping, as the midi falls to below the knee or mid-calf.

It's more elegant and conservative.

Check this style out in chiffon - perfect for dreamy springtime looks.



Seagrass with a twist with creative Crow St display

premium_icon Seagrass with a twist with creative Crow St display

The exhibition opens tonight at 6pm and continues until July 12

RedThorn takes the covers off

premium_icon RedThorn takes the covers off

New band to rock Kev Broome Stadium this Saturday night