Photo Courtesy Sedgwick County Historical Museum
The 1960s was a tumultuous period in America. The pride of landing a man on the moon in 1969 was tempered by the lingering shock of assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy. The escalation of the war in Vietnam and the struggle for equal treatment united young people who participated in civil-rights sit-ins and anti-war demonstrations. The influence of young people was unprecedented, and their influence was especially felt in fashion.
This polyester dress combines two important symbols of youth and the anti-war movement: the miniskirt and the peace sign. Designed for the junior market, the Young Edwardian label was a popular brand for girls across America, especially for the girl who wanted to make a statement with her clothes.