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Sunday, 30 December 2012

To read the past 136 Miniskirt Monday posts, you'd think the miniskirt was invented in the late sixties.  Granted, Retrospace is mainly about the 70s, so perhaps I can be forgiven for not covering pre-1960s minis.

As we all know, the miniskirt didn't magically appear on Carnaby Street in 1965. If you want to be technical about it, you could take it back to the Greek, Egyptian and even Neolithic periods. In the twentieth century it experienced some popularity among the Flappers, and was pretty common in the female dominated service arena (i.e. cigarette girls, hat check girls, waitresses, etc.) The Depression and Dust Bowl were unkind to the mini, but you can't keep it down for long, and the female leg started showing itself once more.

So, let's have a brief look at some ancestors of the mini.  It is time we paid them their due.  Enjoy.

Virginia Mayo

Vera Lee

All the girls on the 1950s show "Space Patrol" wore minis.  Like Star Trek after it, the miniskirt was the uniform of the future.

More Space Patrol girls

"High adventure in the wild, vast reaches of space. Missions of daring in the name of interplanetary justice. Travel into the future with Buzz Corry, Commander-in-Chief of the...... SPACE PATROL!"

Patricia Hardy

Martha Raye

Iris Adrien and Elena Verdugo

Hat Check Honey (1944)

A Girl in Every Port (1952)

Elena Verdugo 

1950's Detroit

Charlotte Dewey

Annette Wilson and Candita Raye

Barbara Nichols

Audrey Hepburn

Adrienne Dore

St. Trinians

Claire Carleton

Ozzie Nelson and Miniskirt


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