It won’t be wrong to call her the poster girl of 60s. Winged eyeliner, fringe haircut that became so popular that it is still known as Sadhana cut, well fitted salwar kameez; these are some of the trends the lady gave life to and they are still in demand!!
2. Waheeda Rehman
A versatile actress and trained dancer, Waheeda Rehman has always defined elegance. From rural, demure belles to modern educated working women to more complex characters, she was always elegance personified. And after all these years, she still stands tall with her grace and classic style.
Mumtaz was glamour personified during 60s cinema. She introduced a new saree drape, still popular as the ‘Mumtaz drape’, while never looking awkward, she was the most stylish among her contemporaries.
4. Asha Parekh
She was the girl next door of 60s. Sweet and naughty, her on-screen style was wide, for she went from wearing kimonos to vibrant ghaghras to bland sarees.
5. Sharmila Tagore
Winged eyeliner, bouffant, dimpled smile were her style statements. The first leading lady from Hindi films to appear in a bikini on-screen and magazine cover, she could be anything from coy to sultry to homely, and all that with effortless ease.
6. Saira Banu
A born beauty, there wasn’t much variation to her screen appearances. However, her look in Purab aur Pashchim of a westernized NRI was a complete stunner.
We talk about fashion and style icons of 60s and Helen won’t be discussed? That’s impossible. It’s true she played major roles in very few films, but her influence and stardom was much more than even the leading ladies of that time. Her extravagant and outlandish attires, gaudy make-up fitted her on-screen cabaret performer’s role, but boy!! Did she ever look vulgar or obscene? That lady was uncommon, and in times to come became legendary.
And that sums up the sixties.