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50's and 60's

This decade is a blast off from sock hop to Woodstock. For the ladies, the 1950's saw swirling tulle crinolines, poodle skirts, bobby socks, and saddle shoes. High pony tails, chiffon scarves, boyfriend rings, and cat eyes. Diner waitress' with beehives and brooches, drive in roller gals, and the upscale cigarette girls. Guys sported black leather jackets, pompadors and Bryl cream, white socks, loafers, and Marlboro's curled into white T-shirt sleeves. Soda jerks with folding hats, a smile, a whoosh, and a knock knock joke.

And then came the suits. For men, close fitting, with skinny ties and legs. Sharkskin for R & B performers. White sports coat and carnation boutanierres, with a splash of plaid for lounge singers and prom goers. For women, the Jackie O; sheath, jacket, and pillbox hat. Oversized white sunglasses and flip hair do's with blunt bangs and headbands deliver the transition to: Go go girls. With their short flirty dresses and revolutionary Go Go boots, these girls are outfitted with flips or boufants and birth control pills. Which led to:

The Hippies. Very comfortable costumes considering Arizona's desert climate. Low key, loose, and easy. Tie dye lab coats, T-shirts, skirts, and tank tops. Dashiki shirts and kaftans. The best selection of cool silk skirts and tops; long, short, miranda style, ikat, frilly, turkish, solids, prints, and lace. Recycled Indian sari bodices; half and full length, embroidered or plain. Long straight hippie wigs, all good dred lock options and peace sign jewelry, ganja wigs, leis, and jewelry. Feather earrings, beaded necklaces and headbands, hemp chokers, and hippie sunglasses. Beatnik berets, beards, and sunglasses.

Televisions are now in most American households and provide unprecedented exposure for entertainers; be they film makers, cartoonists, musicians, actors, or writers. This exhaustive list must include the Beatles, the Greatful Dead, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Dorris Day and Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O, Clark Gable, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Beach Boys, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Little Richard, Sonny and Cher, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. T.V. classics such as Gilligan's Island, Leave it to Beaver, Bewitched, Star Trek, Get Smart, the Flintstones, the Jetson's, Bonanza, Laugh In, and Lost in Space all debuted within this decade.

Many fun Broadway musicals are set in the 1950's and 1960's; Bye Bye Birdie, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Forever Plaid, Grease, and Hair.