Fashion by Disney Decades: ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s

A short while ago, we dove into the Disney archives and modeled outfit sets around animated Disney films and the corresponding decades in which they were released. Having covered the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, we’re back to pick up where we left off.

The ’60s

Animated films: 101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book

A decade that saw everything from the rise of the space age to the hippie movement, the ’60s featured a fittingly diverse array of fashions. Women indulged opposite ends of style spectrum at once, popularizing trousers and mini-skirts—pixie hair cuts and long, straight hair—in a refusal to conform or settle for a single style.

Considering the fashion in 101 Dalmatians, we’ve chosen a neat, houndstooth dress with a ’60s silhouette and kitten heels, even adding a pair of glasses that look particularly Anita-esque. The accessories in this outfit, however, are more heavily influenced by The Jungle Book, including snake-shaped earrings and a bold printed scarf—an accessory women of the era would often use as headbands.

Disney Decades 60s
Dress: ModCloth; Shoes: ModCloth; Glasses: Warby Parker; Earrings: Betsey Johnson; Scarf: Kate Spade; Clutch: Kate Spade

The ’70s

Animated films: The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Rescuers

With hippie fashion at its peak, the ’70s were marked by a boost in flared dresses, maxi skirts, and an all-around bohemian chic style. Clothing became increasingly casual, as T-shirts grew in popularity and women often wore their hair long and loose.

Considering that the bulk of Disney animated films released in this era featured animals—rather than humans dressed in clothes from the era—we’ve leaned heavily on popular ’70s fashions and added color schemes and style elements from the films. The fit of this loose ’70s dress reminds us of something Maid Marian would wear, while its bold yellow hue is reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh—whose eponymous movie was released in this decade.

Disney Decades 70s
Dress: ModCloth; Necklace: Topshop; Hat: ASOS; Camera: Lomo’Instant; Ring: Bill Skinner; Sandals: ModCloth

The ’80s

Animated films: The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver & Company, The Little Mermaid

When it comes to extreme style, you’d be hard pressed to find a decade bolder than the ’80s. Geometric shapes, boxy silhouettes, big hair, and neon color schemes dominated the fashion scene, in a sharp, futuristic departure from the styles of previous eras.

Largely influenced by films released later in the era—The Little Mermaid and Oliver & Company—we’ve assembled a modern interpretation of 80s fashion, complete with metallic heels and no shortage of accessories. Its off the shoulder top in particular reminds us of Ariel’s makeshift sail dress, while the choker resembles Oliver’s cute collar.

Disney Decades 80s
Top: Topshop; Skirt: Topshop; Choker: ASOS; Shoes: Chelsea; Rings: ASOS; Wrap Ring: Topshop; Clutch: Whistles

Which fashion decade is your favorite? Are you excited they’re all making a comeback? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Posted 4 years Ago
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