The sexual revolution has gone too far, according to a founding figure of the Swinging Sixties who says the Pill means sex is no longer about love for young girls.
Barbara Hulanicki, the founder of the Biba fashion label made the comments in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.
She said that women are taking the contraceptive pill earlier than ever before.
“What’s scary now is that there are very young girls taking it,” said Ms Hulanicki, 78.
“They’re starting too early. It’s not about love anymore. We’ve been liberated too much.”
More than three million British women take the Pill. The UK teenage pregnancy rate has fallen by more than a quarter since 2004, but Britain still has the highest rate in western Europe, at 19.7 per 1,000 girls and women aged 15 to 19.
Famous for dressing high profile figures such as Twiggy, Ms Hulanicki also lamented the “horrible clothes” that celebrities now wear on the red carpet, saying: “There’s no mystery. Talk about cleavages. It’s like porn – over the top.”
Her comments come in the week she announced plans to rejoin Biba, now owned by House of Fraser, as a consultant, 39 years after leaving the company and 50 years after launching it with her husband, Stephen Fitz-Simon.
The pair and their shop in Kensington were at the forefront of the Swinging Sixties in London. In its heyday, Biba dressed actors, models and rock stars, including Mick and Bianca Jagger, David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich. Customers could relax in the Biba restaurant and watch live bands including Queen and the New York Dolls.
Recalling the launch of the Pill in 1961, Ms Hulanicki said: “Very quickly, women’s bodies were different. I remember when all the fuss about the Pill came out, I spotted these girls with hips and thighs. I’d never seen that before.
“Before the pill women lived in hormonal hell. We had two good weeks out of every six. We didn’t know whether we were coming or going. I went on it. It gave me a happier life and a happier husband.”
– Daily Telegraph UK