Peace Signs: Still Going Strong At 50

Catherine Strawn | November 17, 2008 - 7:30 pm

Back in 1958, textile designer and commercial artist Gerald Holton designed a symbol for peace activists to put on their protest posters. The image he created was a combination of the letters N, for nuclear, and D, for disarmament, and it still represents peace 50 years later. The popularity and connotation of the peace sign has changed over time. It was used by Vietnam war protesters in the ’60s, and 30 years after that, my friends and I wore peace sign necklaces just because they looked cool. In celebration of the symbol’s anniversary, designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Proenza Schouler, and Alexander Wang have designed outfits inspired by the peace sign. (If you live in NYC, check them out in the windows at Barneys.) Below, 11 peace products that are more chic than hippie…

291 Oversized Raglan Tee, $
Urban Outfitters Peace Sign Drip V-Neck Tee, $28
ginette_ny Mini Peace Studs, $17
Lucky Brand Silver-Tone Peace Sign Earrings, $25
Anne Kiel Jewelry Hammered Peace Bangle, $72
Jessica Elliot Gold “Use Your Words” Bracelets, $65 each
Alex and Ani Peace Exandable Wire Bangle, $138
Dogeared Small Gold Dipped Peace Bracelet On Teal Irish Linen, $48
Axcess Silver-Tone Peace Ring, $10.72
Armand Diradourian Travel Blanket, $395
LED Peace Sign Tree Topper, $30