Swinging London

Swinging London, Carnaby Street, circa 1966
“The term Swinging London refers to a youth-driven cultural revolution that took place in London during the mid-to-late 1960s. It saw a flourishing in art, music and fashion, and was symbolized by the city’s ‘pop and fashion exports,’ like the British Invasion, Mary Quant‘s miniskirt, popular fashion models such as Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, the mod subculture, the iconic status of popular shopping areas (such as King’s Road, Kensington and Carnaby Street), the political activism of the anti-nuclear movement; and sexual liberation. Music was a big part of the scene, with ‘the London sound’ including the Who, the Kinks, the Small Faces and the Rolling Stones; bands which were the mainstay of pirate radio stations like Radio Caroline and Swinging Radio England. The Swinging London also reached British cinema, which ‘saw a surge in formal experimentation, freedom of expression, colour, and comedy.’ During this period, ‘creative types of all kinds gravitated to the capital, from artists and writers to magazine publishers, photographers, advertisers, film-makers and product designers.’ …”
Vanity Fair: Why the Cinema of Swinging London Matters, 50 Years Later
YouTube: Look at life.Swinging London of sixties., Swinging London and Carnaby Street

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