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A micro-miniskirt or microskirt is a miniskirt with its hemline at the upper thigh. Short skirts have existed for a long time, though they were generally not called "mini" or recognised as a fashion trend until the s.
Instances of clothing resembling miniskirts have been identified by archaeologists and historians as far back as c. Extremely short skirts became a staple of 20th-century science fiction , particularly in s pulp artwork such as that by Earle K.
Bergey who depicted futuristic women in a "stereotyped combination" of metallic miniskirt, bra and boots. Hemlines were just above the knee in , and gradually climbed upward over the next few years.
By , some designs had the hem at the upper thigh. Stockings with suspenders were not considered practical with miniskirts and were replaced with coloured tights. The popular acceptance of miniskirts peaked in the " Swinging London " of the s, and has continued to be commonplace, particularly among younger women and teenage girls.
Before that time, short skirts were only seen in sport and dance clothing, such as skirts worn by female tennis players, figure skaters, cheerleaders, and dancers.
While very short skirts have existed for a long time, they were generally not called "mini" until the s. Extremely short skirts became a staple of 20th-century science fiction, particularly in s pulp artwork such as that by Earle K.
The manager of an unnamed shop in London's Oxford Street began experimenting in with skirt hemlines an inch above the knees of window mannequins, and noted how positively his customers responded.
Stockings with suspenders American English: " garters " were not considered practical with miniskirts and were replaced with coloured tights. Extremely short skirts, some as much as eight inches above the knee, were observed in Britain in the summer of The earliest known reference to the miniskirt is in a humorous article datelined Mexico City and describing the "mini-skirt" or "Ya-Ya" as a controversial item of clothing that was the latest thing on the production line there.
The article characterized the miniskirt as stopping eight inches above the knee. It referred to a writing by a psychiatrist, whose name it did not provide, who had argued that the miniskirt was a youthful protest of international threats to peace. Children's clothing was not subject to purchase tax whereas adult clothing was. Although Quant reportedly named the skirt after her favourite make of car, the Mini ,   there is no consensus as to who designed it first.
The miniskirt is one of the garments most widely associated with Mary Quant. Quant had started experimenting with shorter skirts in the late s, when she started making her own designs up to stock her boutique on the King's Road.
In , a Mary Quant minidress was among the 10 British "design classics" featured on a series of Royal Mail stamps, alongside the Tube map , the Spitfire , and the red telephone box. An alternative origin story for the miniskirt came from Barbara Hulanicki of the London boutique Biba , who recalled that in she received a delivery of stretchy jersey skirts that had shrunk drastically in transit.
Much to her surprise, the ten-inch long garments rapidly sold out. In Rudi Gernreich was among the first American designers to offer miniskirts, in the face of strongly worded censure and criticism from American couturiers James Galanos and Norman Norell. Owing to Quant's position in the heart of fashionable " Swinging London ", the miniskirt was able to spread beyond a simple street fashion into a major international trend.
The style came into prominence when Jean Shrimpton wore a short white shift dress , made by Colin Rolfe, on 30 October at Derby Day, first day of the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival in Australia, where it caused a sensation. According to Shrimpton, who claimed that the brevity of the skirt was due mainly to Rolfe's having insufficient material, the ensuing controversy was as much as anything to do with her having dispensed with a hat and gloves, seen as essential accessories in such a conservative society.
Upper garments, such as rugby shirts, were sometimes adapted as mini-dresses. With the rise in hemlines, the wearing of tights or pantyhose , in place of stockings , became more common. Some European countries banned mini-skirts from being worn in public, claiming they were an invitation to rapists. In response, Quant retorted that there was clearly no understanding of the tights worn underneath. The response to the miniskirt was particularly harsh in Africa, where many state governments saw them as an un-African garment and part of the corrupting influence of the West.
Kamuzu Banda , president of Malawi , described miniskirts as a "diabolic fashion which must disappear from the country once and for all. From onwards, the fashion industry largely returned to longer skirts such as the midi and the maxi. Journalist Christopher Booker gave two reasons for this reaction: firstly, that "there was almost nowhere else to go However, in the s the mini had been regarded as a symbol of liberation, and it was worn by some, such as Germaine Greer and, in the following decade, Gloria Steinem.
The women kept on dancing while their long skirts crept up, and their girdles dissolved, and their nipples burst through like hyacinth tips and their clothes withered away to the mere wisps and ghosts of draperies to adorn and glorify Although they disappeared from mainstream fashion by the mids, miniskirts never entirely went away. This was evidenced by Deborah Harry of the group Blondie , who often wore miniskirts during the "new wave" era of the late 70s; and by the female cast members of the TV show Hee Haw , who were known as the "Hee Haw Honeys," who always wore country-style minidresses even during the miniskirt's fashion hiatus in the late 70s and early 80s; and as mentioned above, by female tennis players, figure skaters, cheerleaders, and dancers.
The song " I Don't Want to Go to Chelsea" , by new wave artist Elvis Costello , contained the line: "There's no place here for the mini-skirt waddle". In spring of as featured in the June issue of Time Magazine that year , short skirts began to re-emerge, notably in the form of " rah-rahs ", which were modeled on those worn by female cheerleaders at sporting and other events. In , the British designer Vivienne Westwood offered her first "mini-crini," an abbreviated version of the Victorian crinoline.
From the s, many women began to incorporate the miniskirt into their business attire, a trend which grew during the remainder of the century. The titular character of the s television program Ally McBeal , a lawyer portrayed by Calista Flockhart , has been credited with popularising micro-skirts.
The very short skirt is an element of Japanese school uniform , which since the s has been exploited by young women who are part of the kogal or gyaru subculture as part of their look. In the early s, micro-minis were once again revived. A BBC article in wrote that miniskirts remained as contemporary a garment as ever, retaining their associations with youth. Despite this, in the early 21st century, miniskirts are still seen as controversial, and remain subject to bans and regulation.
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