Clothes of the Seventies, Granny Gowns

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Description: These were long dresses worn mostly by pre-teen girls and most of them had a floral print design.
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:) - October 17, 2008 - Report this comment
Susan Martin - March 09, 2010 - Report this comment
Granny gowns and granny glasses (rectangular with colored lenses) were big in the late 60s. I remember going to Disneyland with my parents and all the teenage girls were wearing this fashion. That's back when everyone followed the same fashion cues.
PMG - June 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Why are they called granny gowns if pre-teens used to wear them?
Jo - October 03, 2010 - Report this comment
because they looked like something your Granny would wear! I am from that era. Though I sewed since 5 on the machine because my mother taught me I didnt make those. More popular were granny skirts, though no one seems to talk about it, and easier to make, just a long tube of floral print fabric...the small floral denoting the style as much as how it looked...hemed at bottom and waist, elastic insert. Some girls made dresses that were basicall an elogated skirt and tube made higher with another elastic around top, like an attached tube top. In my time frame the granny gowns were only this. No sleeves etc. as no one except me had higher sewing skills. Anything that could be minimally sewed or retied during the hippie era became clothing. Large scarbes were tied up as bra tops or hole cut in them and worn poncho style as tops or skirtts. So the next step was to make it more constructed as tops or skirts, so what became popular from that? handerchief hems!
Tammy - February 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Ah the simpler days. 1976. Mom would take me to the material store and there would be dozens of bolts of that stuff. Elastic on the top part, plain and straight on the bottom. Tiny flowers, all colors, or pure white, or paisley designs. Mom would get a couple different kinds and slam together tubetop dresses with little straps made from the scraps. Real white trash clothes, but everyone wore them. Do they still make those bolts of cloth?
Rob Lambert - March 06, 2018 - Report this comment
The wearing of Granny Gowns was a big teenage fad in the mid 1960s. Both boys and girls wore them, usually on a dare or as a prank. This fad was well demonstrated in Archie comic books. Also, on Dick Clark's "Where the Action Is" music show on ABC-TV (1965-67), young guys would be seen running Santa Monica Beach in Granny Gowns.

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