What is it about styles that originate in European countries? How do they morph as they cross the ocean to American shores? This is my American Mod, mid-1960s period. My contest entry.
My childhood home is not far from the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. My father retired from the Federal Aviation Agency located at the airport. Aviation was a big deal in our house and in the USA at large during the 1960s as we set our sites on even the moon. In the mid 1960s I looked up in the sky and saw a lemon yellow plane landing at the airport. It was so pretty against the blue sky. It was a Braniff jet ( anyone remember Braniff?) and it signaled "The End of the Plain Plane," Braniff's advertising slogan. Each plane was painted a bright solid color. (There was even a lavender plane until it was discovered that lavender combined with white or black was considered "bad fortune" in Mexico and South America, where Braniff also flew.) But it was the "Lord of the Bright Colors," Italian designer, Emilio Pucci, who put Braniff in the headlines both on the fashion runway and the airport runway for it was Pucci who designed the uniforms for Braniff's "air hostesses." The uniforms were the latest in mod and chic. He even designed bubble helmets for the "air hostesses" to echo the space gear that astronauts wore into space. Pucci's signature was all over everything -- his bright colors, his complex patterns utilizing geometrics and marbling patterns. So an Italian created what I remember as the "mod" style in the USA -- bright colors and an escape from the restraints of the 1950s. This design represents the flurry of colors that flew in the sky for a brief time. Colors are Spoonflower Color Map V 2.1 Essentials Yellow FFD900 and Deep Pink DD2695, along with Spoonflower Blue 68B1E5 (not an Essential, but pretty nonetheless!) Black is the background color.
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