Perusing through my stash of vintage Seventeen magazines, I am now utterly convinced that 1968 was the year of the Romantic in fashion, movies and advertising. The key players seem to be the stars of the movie Romeo and Juliet, Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting. They were gloriously featured, not only in the film, but in advertising and fashion campaigns.
In the September 1968 issue of Seventeen, an editorial fashion spread captured the opulent Romantic Renaissance 1968 fashions modeled by Leonard and Olivia. This first picture shows them both in lush velvet. Olivia’s dress accented by pearl sleeves and a Maltese cross brooch, Leonard’s shirt trimmed in gold braid.
Here they are in brocade and velveteen. Olivia’s dress featuring a fleur de lis print, and Leonard’s velveteen Nehru jacket topped with a heavy Maltese cross necklace.
Olivia models a navy blue rabbit coat, with Leonard wearing a white satin shirt and jeweled necklace. Gorgeous! What a fabulous era in 60s fashion. Alas, short-lived, but utterly memorable. 🙂