The Swinging Sixties took place in the United Kingdom during the mid-to-late s. Swinging London was the epicenter of this exciting era, which emphasized modernity and fun-loving hedonism, and reconfigured the music, fashion, photography, movies , and art of youth culture. But London in the s didn't always swing so smoothly. The capital also had its fair share of crime, and witnessed political unrest and anti-establishment revolt. One of the epicenters of the Swinging Sixties, Carnaby Street in London's Soho district was originally laid out in and was named for nearby Karnaby House, spelled with a K.
Time magazine declared on its cover of April that this issue was all about London… the swinging city. The artwork was hilarious: a stoned blonde girl in a short black and white op-art dress, white tights and red Mary-Janes stood behind a frazzled, long-haired man. A woman with a Vidal Sassoon bob and graphic eyeliner leaned on a roulette table smoking from a long cigarette holder, while in the background were the bright lights and big sights of London. It did sum up all the fun parts of the city and the fashions of the decade. Teenagers in Carnaby Street, London,
Swinging London is a catch-all term applied to the fashion and cultural scene which flourished in London , in the s. It was a phenomenon which emphasized the young, the new and the modern. It was a period of optimism and hedonism , and a cultural revolution. One catalyst was the recovery of the British economy after post- World War II hard times had lasted through much of the s.
By Dominic Sandbrook for the Daily Mail. In the public imagination, it was a decade of unbroken sunshine and sparkling blue skies, the headlines full of chart-topping pop stars and world-conquering footballers, a world of Minis and miniskirts, endless possibilities and thrilling pleasures. In an age of unprecedented economic austerity, stagnant social mobility, international terrorism and political bickering, we cannot help but dream of a lost golden age when life was sunnier, simpler, easier and happier.