Sixties, the colours of a liberation movement

Triplex 12.02.10 > 31.12.10

The 1960s were the decade of decadence! The emancipation of the woman’s body, the rise of ready-to-wear, new cuts and new materials. The female wardrobe opens its doors to freedom of expression. The miniskirt appears. The bikini pops onto the scene. In its exhibition Sixties, the colours of a liberation movement, the Brussels Fashion & Lace Museum retraced this trend via its collections.


In its collections, the Museum has outfits designed by André Courrèges, the iconic designer of the 1960s. These outfits such as the coat dress, showcased in the “Sixties” exhibition and highlighting the colours of the liberation movement, can be viewed via the inventory of the movable cultural heritage of the Brussels-Capital Region

Expo Sixties - Musee mode et dentelles Affiche ©Chuva Design

The 1960s set the scene for an unprecedented clothing revolution

During the Sixties, Western women experienced an unprecedented clothing revolution. Ladies wore trousers – allowing them to uncross their legs to walk proudly, taking large strides or to wallow in comfortable sofas. They showed their knees and thighs and dressed in multi-coloured tights, no matter the time of day, the hour or the place! This surge of freedom is perhaps the most visible manifestation of an irreversible movement towards the liberation of women.

Minirobe_Expo Sixties, les couleurs d’une libération ©Musée Mode & Dentelle

A temporary exhibition in Brussels on 1960s fashion

From 12 February 2010 to 31 December 2010, the Brussels Fashion & Lace Museum invited visitors to uncover this exhibition devoted to the liberation of clothing for women in the 1960s.

Exposition Sixties, les couleurs d’une libération ©Musée Mode & Dentelle