Pan Am, the latest new period piece television drama, focuses on the lives of stewardesses and pilots in 1963. And there is some serious vintage eye candy in this show. Lots of sleek, chic and sophisticated clothing to drool over. So I thought it would be fun to post some Paris designer fashions from that same year. These were THE latest styles for the jetsetting fashionista!
From a 1963 article by Eugenia Shepard in the Saturday Evening Post-
“The soft, pretty look is in vogue, flattering the figure from the waist up. Sleeves are back, hats are big, necklines are low, the waist is high, the heels are low and the hair is short.”
Key style elements for that year included-
-False eyelashes, the more and bigger the better. Smoother hairdos (no more teased beehives!), french twists, and the addition of hair pieces and jewelled hair ornaments for evening.
- Natural looking makeup, rouge, no eyeliner, smoky gray or brown eyeshadow.
-Strappy shoes with a thicker heel, slingbacks.
-Lots of organdy and silk abstract prints.
-Sky blue and bright green.
-Hemlines just below the knee.
-Large statement piece costume jewelry.
-Hat styles borrowed from men.
Here’s a great shot of the famous Japanese model, Hiroko , posing in the hat workshop. Discovered by Pierre Cardin, she was the first Asian model to walk the Paris runway. She is wearing a pale pink polka dot organdy dress with a ruffled neckline.
After many seasons of the two piece dress ensemble trend (dresses worn with matching coats), the tailored skirt suit became popular once again in 1963.
Stay tuned for more! Up next classy coats in slim silhouttes and colorful, captivating evening dresses from 1963.