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The Beatles: Fashion Icons Through the Decades


Music  •  9 May, 2024  •  39,459 Views  •  ⭐ 1.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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When The Beatles burst onto the scene in the early 1960s, they didn't just revolutionize music; they also became enduring style icons, setting trends that transcended the world of fashion. This blog delves into the sartorial choices of The Beatles, tracing how their distinctive styles mirrored and influenced cultural shifts across decades. From John Lennon’s signature round glasses to the iconic Beatle boots, each member of the band brought his unique flair to the ensemble, leaving a mark on fashion that is as indelible as their music. We'll explore various iconic items associated with The Beatles, each telling a story of artistic expression and cultural evolution. These range from the sophisticated yet rebellious black turtleneck sweaters to the bohemian Afghan coats that became symbols of the hippie movement. As we unpack the stories behind these trend-setting choices, we uncover not only a series of fashionable items but also a deeper narrative about how The Beatles continuously reinvented the visual and cultural landscape of their times, influencing not just their fans but generations to come.

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A Canadian Fashion Icon

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During a visit to Montreal in May 1969, part of their second honeymoon bed-ins, John Lennon acquired a notable piece of attire from the Canadian retailer Le Château—a black velour zip-front jumpsuit, a staple product of the brand, available in various colours and fabric densities. This unisex outfit with a slightly flared leg was equally fitting for both men and women, prompting Yoko Ono to pick one up as well.

Lennon's jumpsuit became iconic when he wore it on the cover of the Beatles' "Hey Jude" album, enhancing it with a custom Aztec-pattern fanny pack, a broad-brimmed black hat in the Spanish style, likely a bespoke piece from Herbert Johnson, a London milliner, and his signature pointed-toe Beatle boots. The garment, which blurred traditional gender lines in fashion, became widely popular after Lennon was seen wearing it frequently, including during a notable visit back to Canada where he met with then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in December of the same year. This jumpsuit didn't just signal a shift towards sexual freedom—it also cemented the Beatles' status as fashion trendsetters.

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When Toronto-based rock journalist Ritchie Yorke travelled to China with American rockabilly artist Ronnie Hawkins as part of Lennon and Ono’s global peace initiative, he wore a black velour jumpsuit from Le Château, a gift from Lennon himself. Today, this piece is treasured and preserved by Minnie Yorke, Ritchie’s widow, in their Australian home, where it continues to embody the spirit of that era, shining perpetually like celestial bodies.

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