Iconic Wedding Dresses : Mia Farrow

Let’s take a look at Mia Farrow’s sweet two-piece suit she wore during her wedding to Frank Sinatra. American actress and model Mia Farrow married Frank Sinatra on July 19th, 1966. He was 50 at the time, and she was just 21. The unlikely couple had met two years previously on the set of Sinatra’s film ‘Von Ryan’s Express’.

Never one to blindly follow convention, Mia chose to wear a two-piece crisp white suit to go with her short pixie hairstyle, and looked the epitome of ’60s mod on her wedding day. Mia’s short hair perfectly complemented her delicate features, and her pale clean-cut suit looked effortlessly sweet and chic.

The mod movement, or rather a subculture, began in London in the late 1950s, eventually influencing fashions and trends all over the world. Drawing its roots from music, mod started with stylish young Londoners. The dominant elements of mod subculture included fashion, music and art.

The mod movement drifted towards pop art and psychedelia by the mid ’60s. London become known for its fashion, music and pop culture – referred to as ‘Swinging London’. Mod continued to spread and held great influence in the United States. Mod today represents the youth culture and style of the era.

Mod fashion encompassed a wide variety of styles, with mod subcategories such as ‘soft mod’ or ‘peacock mod’, being coined for the eclectic mix of trends. For some, mod went in the punk rock direction, while others went for the bohemian, hippie look.

For female mods the dress code was androgyny, short haircuts, men’s trousers or shirts and flat shoes, with little makeup, dominating the trend. Skirts started getting shorter, popularised by fashion favourites – Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton.

Mod fashion was always innovative, creative, bold and brash. Mod underwent a revival in the ’80s and ’90s and is still apparent today. Mod is still prevalent on the catwalks of this era; three-piece suits, Chelsea boots and mini dresses are on heavy rotation in the fashion world.

Mod was considered a fashion revolution, the youth driven movement signified individuality and the importance of fashion. Many leading fashion houses followed suit, including Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and Givenchy. Most notable however, was Mary Quant; her boutique in Chelsea was credited as the beginning of the ‘London Look’. Her designs challenged the fashion world, she made mod fashion affordable and readily available to the masses.

These youth led movements inspired designers and the elites, including Mia Farrow’s two-piece suit that she chose to don for her first marriage. Although this was her first marriage, it was Sinatra’s third, and the couple famously married in a whirlwind 15 minutes at The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.

Sadly, this was to be a short-lived marriage. Just two years after their wedding, Sinatra served Mia with divorce papers on the set of her film ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ in front of the entire cast and crew, after she had refused to appear in his film ‘The Detective’. The divorce was finalised the same year.


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