The History Behind This Iconic Miniskirt Protest

By: Valeria Ramos

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Today, miniskirts are a summer staple in the closet of many women all over the world. So how did this once-controversial, now iconic piece of clothing make its way into mainstream fashion?

In the 1960s, the feminist movement was in full swing and designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Mary Quant began sending models down their runways with shorter hemlines. This trend later picked up speed with the help of women like Twiggy and Gloria Steinem.

It wasn’t long before the miniskirt became a symbol of female liberation. However, not all designers were so keen on cutting hemlines.

When Dior’s fashion show didn’t feature the hottest trend of the moment, a group of women known as the “British Society for the Protection of Mini Skirts,” stood outside the show in protest with signs that read, “Miniskirts forever.”

Sounds like a fun group of women to hang out with, if you ask us.

In the 1960s, women did not have the same freedom and opportunity that we have today, miniskirts being the least of their problems. However, this moment in fashion history goes to show how important clothing can be in terms of making one feel powerful and free.

So to that, we say, “Miniskirts forever!”