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Mom and aunt Iva

The 1960s brought winds of cultural and social change around the world, which also reached communist Czechoslovakia. While restrictions were loosening during the Prague Spring of 1968, shorter skirts and fashions from the West challenged traditional norms.

Younger Czechs and Slovaks enthusiastically embraced youthful styles like mini skirts paired with boots, viewing them as freedoms long denied under communist rule. However, shorter skirts tended to be worn only privately or when socializing, remaining largely unacceptable in schools, workplaces or formal settings. State authorities and older generations saw them as symbols of Western decadence and individualism, clashing with the regime’s values of modesty and conformity.

So while avantgarde designers like Mary Quant inspired Czech/Slovak fashion followers, uptake of radically short skirts was generally more underground. Most women navigated a delicate balance, cautiously adopting modern fashion elements from the West while paying lip service to communist dress codes and sensibilities in public life. Shorter skirts may have represented liberty for youth cultures, but came with an implicit risk of censure for being perceived as anti-socialist, dissident behaviors.

The complex politics around fashion leave the popularity of 1960s mini skirts in Czechoslovakia is difficult to fully assess from a modern-day vantage point.
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8 comments

William Sutherland said:

Wonderful '60s capture!

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5 months ago ( translate )

Steve Bucknell said:

It’s all to do with the semiotics of fashion.
5 months ago

Roger (Grisly) said:

Fascinating notes and a wonderful image from the 1960s
5 months ago

Dominique 60 said:

c' est vrai que ces minis jupes et ces bottes sont un symbole de liberté !!
5 months ago ( translate )

Nicolas Mertens said:

Thanks for the caption. Brings back memories.
5 months ago

Tanja - Loughcrew said:

Solche Fotos hab ich auch von meiner Mum...und hey...wir Kinder trugen auch Kleider, die eigentlich zu kurz waren :))))
Mein fröhlicher Freund...ich wünsch Dir alles Gute für das kommende Jahr....bleib gesund und so besonders wie Du bist....und ich hab leider nie Miniröcke getragen....war schon immer zu rund :)))
Happy 2024 Dir!
5 months ago ( translate )

Deborah Lundbech said:

This was SO interesting to read - and the image is captivating. Thank you for posting to the Vintage Photos Theme Park theme.
5 months ago

Günter Klaus said:

Es ist ja immer toll,wenn man diese Erinnerungsaufnahmen anschaut,es ist ein eigener Look,der mir aber immer gefällt,er passt sehr gut zu dieser Zeit :))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Abend,liebe Grüße Güni :))
5 months ago ( translate )