Fruit Fashions of the Early 1960s

It was in the early 1940s that the singer, dancer, actress, Carmen Miranda made waves with her fruit cap piled high with berries and bananas in the musical ‘The Gang’s All Here’ and it later became her trademark costume.

But in the early 1960s, fashion designers, started by Charles W. Davis, began creating lady’s dresses, jewelry and hats with designs featuring various fruits and vegetables. There was a pineapple dress, mushroom cap, and lemon beehive hat all using extremely inventive silhouettes to make a statement.

Dresses especially could feature illustrations of apples, pineapples, pears along with flowers. But not just clothing. Customers also wanted tablecloths, napkins and placemats with various fruits, flowers and vegetables.

These were novelty print styles of the 1960s. Check family photos from this period and you may well find these styles in photos of a dining table setting, family get-together or portraits.

Photo: A 1960s dress with apple illustrations in the print fabric.

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