Vintage Afghan Style (Part 1) – Groovy Parents, Hippies & VOGUE Magazine
October 28th, 2015 – I’ve always been inspired by the mod and boho fashions of the 60’s. Maybe it has to do with growing up and seeing photos of my parents in the late 60’s/early 70’s wearing groovy clothes from a lost time in Afghanistan – a “golden era” when there was peace, stability and style – when Kabul was known as the “Paris of Central Asia”. In the photos, there my mom was in her handmade or custom tailored dresses she designed, standing next to my dad who was young and excited about the future. Or maybe it has something to do with growing up in America and being drawn to reruns from popular shows from the 60’s (“The Monkees” was my fave!) and being fascinated by style and beauty trends – the voluminous hair, the Jackie O dresses, the winged liner, the mod cuts and the graphic bold prints and colors. Perhaps I’m reminded of when both Afghanistan and America were at peace with each other – a seemingly fun and glamorous chapter for my parents and for so many Afghans. Maybe part of me wants to freeze that time before war and destruction changed everything. Whatever the reason is, to this day, the late 60’s have subconsciously been my inspiration in so much of my work – from my fashion collections to the branding of FLOW Blow Dry & Beauty Bar. Call me old fashioned – or an old soul – I love that era and the love vintage clothes from the 60’s/70’s.
In the 60’s and early 70’s, Afghanistan was an exotic destination for both the world’s fashion elite and young hippies looking for adventure. Kabul was vibrant and had cute little boutiques and bazaars selling beautiful textiles, jewelry, fabrics and fashions.
Road trip in Afghanistan in the 60’s – it’s unfortunate that we can’t do that these days
When Vogue magazine landed in Kabul in 1969, the result was an editorial called “Afghan Adventure” which appeared in the December issue of that year. The spread was gorgeous of models standing against ancient Afghan ruins and the beautiful rural landscape. I would love to get my hands on an original copy of this issue!!
Vogue’s December 1969 cover (left) and patterns at a Kabul dressmaking school in the 60’s.