• Jodie Foster's midriff baring floral top and booty shorts in Taxi Driver

    Trend: That '70s Style

    Few decades produced as much polarizing fashion as the '70s, but it's all love and positive vibrations this spring, with a resurgence of gypsy florals, denim bells and platform shoes. 

    Big hats, scarves and bellbottoms from Biba

    After the political upheaval of the 1960s, the 1970s were a decade of hedonism. Rather than wanting to change the world, people just wanted to go out and have fun. 

    Cher with a typical early '70s hairstyle—long and straight

    Much of '70s fashion was still influenced by the hippie movement, though the focus of spirituality shifted inward, with people finding themselves through things such as astrology, crystal healing, indigenous traditions, and even, yes, mood rings. 

    Bette Midler in The Rose

    The '70s was also a decade marked by excess, and several icons of the 1960s—Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Mama Cass—died as a result of overindulgent lifestyles. Bette Midler's iconic 1979 film The Rose, about a self-destructive female singer, was loosely modeled after Joplin and was also, incidentally, filled to the brim with '70s gypsy fashion. 



    Ironically, while pants veered to hot shorts and tops to the tube and crop variety, the '70s was all about the one-piece swimsuit, which also doubled as a body-suit when worn with high-waisted trousers. 


    One of the most iconic idols to emerge from the '70s was Stevie Nicks, the bewitching Fleetwood Mac singer who layered velvet, crystals, scarves, feathers and top-hats over peasant skirts, tight tanks and sky-high platforms. 




    We'll skip over the atrocity that was disco, and end the decade at night spots like Max's Kansas City and Studio 54; both drew hordes of the rich and beautiful. Bianca Jagger, Mick's wife and a favorite of Andy Warhol, was the reigning queen of Studio 54, where she celebrated her 32nd birthday riding in on a white horse—lead by naked men. Now if that's  not enough reason to celebrate the '70s, then what is?

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