Friday, February 22, 2013

1950s Fashion

I LOVE the fashion of the 50s!!! All of the garments made the woman look spectacular.  Fitted dresses and skirts, cinched waistlines, pencil skirts, etc.  I am getting so excited just thinking about the garments from the 50s.  To those of you who don't know what I am talking about when it comes to 50s fashion, here are some examples.

Just gorgeous!!!! To all of my viewers, if you do not know how the fashion of the 1950s evolved, here is the story.  After WWII ended in 1945, women were tired of dressing like they were in the military (everything, including pantyhose, had to be donated to support and fund the war).  So in 1947, Christian Dior created the "New Look" for the next decade, which included a fitted blazer with a cinched waist, and a full skirt to create the "hourglass" figure.  This look was created to enhance the classic elegance in women's fashion.

When this look was created, of course people were offended because "it was too much fabric used for the skirt," but more women demanded this look to celebrate freedom.  Another look that was created during the 50s, the Trapeze Shirt (and dress), aka the maternity shirt!!  After WWII, more people were getting married and having babies, so the maternity shirt was born. 


Lucille Ball was the first woman to popularize the Trapeze Shirt when her pregnancy was shown throughout her TV show, "I Love Lucy".  Here is a picture of Lucille Ball, with her husband, Desi Arnaz, wearing the Trapeze Shirt.

So many beautiful garments were created to show the woman's figure, and I am so happy the these looks are still being modernized.  Another thing that I have noticed is that a lot of unique hats were worn throughout the 50s.  Perfect example:

More examples of hats are shown at the beginning of this post.  So many gorgeous looks...I can't control myself.  Until Next Time...when another favorite decade will be shown!!

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