Monday, January 9, 2012

The Nehru Jacket - Hip or Hippie?

The Nehru jacket from India became popular in the west in the mid-to-late1960s.  This style of jacket was slightly fitted and distinctive with its band or cadet-style collar.  It was named after the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru because he commonly wore this traditional garment. The Nehru jacket became popular at a time when many foreign (read: exotic) styles were becoming popular. With its slim lines, the Nehru jacket was considered Mod and definitely hip. Adding beads was not uncommon (oooh, almost hippie!). It was worn by  pop stars, rock stars, and other famous folks, and appeared in movies. For a fine overview of this phenomenon, read Spyvibe blog. 

Here are a few examples of this fab style in my shop:

Butterick 5078
Vogue 7452
Simplicity 7883
What do you think? Is it still a cool style?

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