Hippies Meet Yuppies as a New Generation Is Fit to Be Tie-Dyed
Dye-hard Deadheads, however, aren't the only ones caught up in the revival. Teenagers across the country are twisting their clothes in rubber bands and coloring them to produce tie-dyes. "People our age are fighting conservatives and yuppies," explains Cheri Weitman, 23, a Rhode Island School of Design grad. "We're trying to bring back the '60s as a time of free expression, as in doing your own shirts."
Yuppies, however, will not be denied their participation in the fad. Boutiques like Chicago's Sugar Magnolia specialize in tie-dyed outfits of silk and rayon. L.A. designer Joanie Zappola, 38, who camped out at Woodstock in her younger days, sells tie-dyed evening gowns, at a minimum price of $1,500, to the likes of Falcon Crest's Ana Alicia. "In the '60s we were trying to bring back the love," says Zappola. "Now it seems to be happening again. You know—peace, love and tie-dye." Baby-boomer business types who have gone from tie-dyed rags to riches have even begun shelling out $18 to outfit their offspring in tie-dyed diaper sets.
Whatever the cost of the garment, the appeal of tie-dyeing is still its unpredictability. "It's like each time you make a tie-dye," says Deadhead Collin Manning, 22, "fate creates a different work of art." And, for some, a new profit margin too.