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The guys from the "Liverpool Four" have achieved a dizzying success not only by setting a new rhythm in music, but also by creating their own recognizable style, which had a huge impact on the fashion of the 60s. In this review, a fascinating story about music, about fashion and how the musicians of the cult British group asked the style.
At the dawn of the formation of the group, little-known teenage musicians followed a rather aggressive style of clothing common to rock bands — leather jackets, black turtlenecks, and sloppy hairstyles.
But when the group began to gain popularity, Brian Epstein, who is their manager, decided to radically change the stage image of the musicians.
And I chose a classic style for them, which was quite unusual for a rock band.
Strict fitted black jackets, ties, narrowed trousers ... But such an appearance of musicians, dressed “spick and span”, just made the “Liverpool four” recognizable, unlike others.
The musicians understood that the image, however, must be constantly changed. And a little later, they were already dressed in light gray suits with jackets without a collar.
Since 1967, when the world was embraced by the hippie movement, the Beatles also dramatically changed their style.
Now, instead of “good boys” in identical costumes, the audience was presented with actors dressed more freely and relaxed - in spacious bright striped clothes, with floral embroidery, with “cucumber” patterns. Instead of narrow black “herring” ties — bright scarves and necklaces. And the matching shoes are sandals or flip flops.
Later they returned to a more relaxed “casual” style - T-shirts, blue jeans and jackets.
In the 70s, the musicians completely switched to a free and individual wardrobe, each participant demonstrated his own style, because they could already afford it.
Paul continued to adhere to the style of the 60s and preferred the classics, Ringo constantly updated his wardrobe and was the brightest in the group, and George was fascinated by Oriental motifs, and he chose an extraordinary Indian style.
Thanks to the Beatles, the moptop haircut, reminiscent of the “French square,” which the musicians themselves called Arthur, became famous.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney saw her on the same guy, traveling hitchhiking in Europe. They liked the haircut, at first they had their hair cut like that, and behind them the rest of the band.
Very quickly this hairstyle became popular all over the world, but in the USSR it was not welcomed, often fashionists were forced to shear off their long hair.
Closer to the 70s, the Beatles changed their trendy haircuts and switched to longer hair with parting. And while recording the album “St. Pepper’s has also grown a horseshoe mustache.
For classical costumes musicians had to pick up and appropriate shoes. After seeing the famous chelsea shoes in one of London’s stores, Brian Epstein ordered almost the same for his players in the workshop. These shoes with a sharp rounded toe reached to the ankles and had “Cuban” heels resembling the heels of flamenco dancers.
The Beatles musicians and sharp-nosed shoes without laces were fond of “winklepickers,” which were repeatedly at their peak of popularity.
Very fond of experimenting with the image of the mod John Lennon. For himself, he took a fancy to the “Breton cap” and began to appear in it often even at concerts. Such a cap is now called the Lennon cap.
A special place among the Beatle accessories is occupied by round glasses, which are again associated with Lennon. Being short-sighted from childhood, he did not like to wear glasses. In addition, for a long time he believed that a rock band musician and glasses were incompatible.
But acting in the film “How I Won the War,” I decided to put on my glasses, after which I began to wear them all the time. These Givenchy round glasses have become an integral part of his image.
This year, such points, called “Lennons”, or “Tishays”, have returned to popularity.
Illustration showing the changing style of the famous Liverpool Four over the decade ...
And, although the style of the "Liverpool Four" is constantly changing, the most significant remains their original image - formal suits, chelsea shoes and moptop hairstyle.