Summer of love: how did the boho style appear
On April 12, Coachella 2019 started in California – the first music festival in the marathon that lasts all summer and autumn. Coachella is famous not only for its famous headliners, who this year will be Ariana Grande and Childish Gambino, but also for its bohemian aesthetics, which the festival soloists and guests annually experiment with. In honor of the start of “Coachella”, Vogue.ua tells what elements the boho music festival’s favorite style of visitors consists of.
The first carriers of the famous bohemian style were hippies: tired of the rules imposed by society, and still the cruelty of the world, in the second half of the 1960s they were grouped into Gate Ashbury in San Francisco, where they began the political movement Human Be-In Rallies. Hippies spread the spirit of the uprising against the then politics, in particular the Vietnam War, as well as liberal views on such things as gender equality, civil rights, and also sex and drugs. They did this peacefully, and made their outfits as one of the means of protest.
Generation of flowers
Hippies decorated their hair with fresh flowers, and chose things with floral patterns, or drew them on their own. The flower was a symbol of peace and love, but it is believed that young people were inspired by this film adaptation of the novel "Time Machine" by HG Wells, which tied the future community with floral motifs. The colors were complemented not only by the images, but also by the inventory: during the protests they often carried flowers in the barrel of a police officer or a soldier's pistol. And in the text of the favorite youth hit the lines sounded: "If you are going to San Francisco, make sure that there are flowers in your hair."
The amateur approach, the DIY philosophy (Do-It-Yourself, that is, "Do it yourself") became a feature of the boho style. One of the ways to create a new kind of clothes was washing them in colorful paints. So, smooth silhouettes sundresses have gained a tie-dye effect, and jeans have become "cooked."
Everything is allowed
The outfits were often sewn with patches of other fabrics, or vice versa, their parts were cut off – often the spirit of hippie freedom was expressed through full or partial exposure: short dresses, no top or bodice, and low pants. For clothing fastened fringe, various fasteners, embroidered flowers on it or wrote slogans. Both sexes loved gypsy scarves, caftans, headbands, many chains, necklaces and amulets.
Also in the 1960s, people began to wear vintage, such as flowing dresses from the 1940s or jewelery from the roaring 20s. Any flight of fantasy was welcomed, because freedom became the main word of the decade. Moreover, hippies challenged the concept of gender: if by the end of the 1960s it would be strange to see a teenage boy with flowers in his hair, or wrapped in a plate, then everything became possible during the Summer of Love in 1967.
In the memoirs of eyewitnesses of that time one can often hear that no one expected, but national clothes from all over the world have gained a new reading. So, boho style loved Indian tunics and Peruvian alpaca ponchos, African dashiki and Pakistani pants. The place of honor was taken by the things that were sent to the US flag, and the jackets in the spirit of the American military uniform. All this is often decorated with embroidery, macrame and other weaving, as well as colored feathers.
Inspiration also drew from the work of some musical performers of the time: Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin and the rock band Jefferson Airplane. So the boho style appeared elements characteristic of psychedelic rock, hypnotic patterns and bright colors.
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