Making Vintage 1950s Clothes for Women


Author: Theresa Parker
Publisher: The Crowood Press
ISBN: 1785004360
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 128
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Nothing epitomizes the look of the 1950s more for women than the hour-glass silhouette of the tightly fitted bodice and full skirt. This ubiquitous style - first introduced in 1947 with Dior's New Look - was so widely adopted by the mid-50s that it came to define the decade. This practical book introduces and explores the styles and construction techniques used in the 1950s. Step-by-step instructions and photographs demonstrate how to achieve a well-finished and authentic look using equipment easily obtainable at home. Chapters explain the processes from fabric selection, cutting out and preparation through to garment assembly using traditional techniques for creating the silhouette of the day. There are photographs and analysis of original pieces from private collections and museum archives and scaled patterns that have been standardized to a modern size 12 and can be graded up and down in size. With patterns and instructions for making your own bullet bra and girdle, each project includes a materials and equipment list and a section on specialist stockists and suppliers. Additional chapters include practical advice on measuring and fitting, and how to create the 1950s look. Aimed at students, teachers of costume, re-enactment societies and costume designers for TV, theatre and film and superbly illustrated with 300 colour photographs and 14 patterns.

1950s American Style: A Reference Guide (soft cover)


Author: Daniel Niemeyer
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1304201651
Category: Nineteen fifties
Page: 283
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Facets of the Fifties. A reference guide to an iconic Decade of Movie Palaces, Television, Classic Cars, Sports, Department Stores, Trains, Music, Food, Fashion and more

The 1950s


Author: William H. Young,Nancy K. Young
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313323935
Category: History
Page: 348
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Mose and Lilybell Middleton had had enough of picking cotton and saw no future in continuing it. They were especially mindful of the lack of a future in the South for their daughter, Hannah Rose. Their plans were to make a secretive effort to move to the North when cotton season was over, but the plans were overheard by the landowner s young son, James, which inconveniently expedited the move. A poignant consequence was an almost-lifelong breach in the friendship between James and Mose s younger brother, Actris. With significant help from a black preacher, the Middletons were successful in their northern exodus. Before leaving South Carolina, Hannah Rose, with uncanny prevision, left one of her two possessions to help her later in life make a decision to come back home. Gradually their lives began to improve after a lengthy acclimation to their new surroundings. Mose got a job as a janitor in a factory in Philadelphia owned by Catherine Rutledge Bradford, part of an old and influential family from Charleston. Mose s hard work and ingenuity were recognized by his superiors and rewarded accordingly. Lilybell s intelligence and refinement came to the attention of Mrs. Bradford, who took her into her home as hostess and companion. After several years, Mrs. Bradford s declining health necessitated a change in the factory s ownership that didn t value Mose s abilities, which put him on top of the list for removal.

Couture & Commerce

The Transatlantic Fashion Trade in the 1950s
Author: Alexandra Palmer,Royal Ontario Museum
Publisher: UBC Press
ISBN: 9780774808262
Category: Design
Page: 351
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The 1950s were the golden years of haute couture, captured by iconic images of glamorous models wearing dramatic clothes. Yet the real women who wore these clothes adapted them to suit their own tastes, altered them to extend their life, and often could not bear to part with them long after the dresses had outlived their use. This gorgeously illustrated book demonstrates why so many of these designs are still in existence and why we are fascinated by them fifty years later. Couture and Commerce investigates how and why postwar couture fashion was important in its own day. The Paris couture houses survived due to the enthusiasm of the North American fashion press and commercial buyers. Alexandra Palmer traces the European haute couture trade with North America by following actual surviving couture dresses from the design house sketch, through the model used in New York fashion shows and as a template for copies and knock-offs, and finally to the consumer. Couture and Commerce is a remarkable mixture of accessible text, color photographs of the original garments, design house sketches and photographs, retailers’ advertisements, and society page images. Weaving together analysis of the clothes and interviews with those who traded, sold, and wore couture, Alexandra Palmer vividly recreates the 1950s fashion world.

Horrockses Fashions

Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s
Author: Christine Boydell
Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum
ISBN: 9781851776016
Category: Design
Page: 192
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Horrockses Fashion was one of the most respected ready-to-wear labels of the 1940s and '50s. This book tells the story of the iconic label, illustrating its role in the history of the British high street, while exploring the connections between couture and ready-to-wear fashions in the post-war decades.

Changing Clothes in China

Fashion, History, Nation
Author: Antonia Finnane
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231512732
Category: History
Page: 360
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Based largely on nineteenth and twentieth-century representations of Chinese dress as traditional and unchanging, historians have long regarded fashion as something peculiarly Western. But in this surprising, sumptuously illustrated book, Antonia Finnane proves that vibrant fashions were a vital part of Chinese life in the late imperial era, when well-to-do men and women showed a keen awareness of what was up-to-date. Though foreigners who traveled to China in the early decades of the twentieth century came away with the impression that Chinese dress was simple and monotone, the key features of modern fashion were beginning to emerge, especially in Shanghai. Men in blue gowns donned felt caps and leather shoes, girls began to wear fitted jackets and narrow pants, and homespun garments gave way to machine-woven cloth, often made in foreign lands. These innovations marked the start of a far-reaching vestimentary revolution that would transform the clothing culture in urban and much of rural China over the next half century. Through Finnane's meticulous research, we are able to see how the close-fitting jacket and high collar of the 1911 Revolutionary period, the skirt and jacket-blouse of the May Fourth era, and the military style popular in the Cultural Revolution led to the variegated, globalized wardrobe of today. She brilliantly connects China's modernization and global visibility with changes in dress, offering a vivid portrait of the complex, subtle, and sometimes contradictory ways the people of China have worn their nation on their backs.

1950s American Fashion


Author: Jonathan Walford
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 0747812802
Category: Design
Page: 64
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The 1950s was the first decade when American fashion became truly American. The United States had always relied on Europe for its style leads, but during World War II, when necessity became the mother of invention, the country had to find its own way. American designers looked to what American women needed and found new inspirations for American fashion design. Sportswear became a strength, but not at the expense of elegance. Easy-wear materials were adapted for producing more formal clothes, and versatile separates and adaptable dress and jacket suits became hallmarks of American style. This book follows the American fashion industry from New York's 7th Avenue to the beaches of California in search of the clothes that defined 1950s American fashion.

Fashions of a Decade

The 1950s
Author: Patricia Baker
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780816024681
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 64
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Surveys the fads, fashions, trends, and cultural and intellectual preoccupations of the self-satisfied, consumeristic 1950s.

Contemporary Youth Culture

An International Encyclopedia
Author: Shirley R. Steinberg,Priya Parmar,Birgit Richard
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313337291
Category: Popular culture
Page: 674
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An international and inter-disciplinary roster of experts shed light by exploring such topics as hip hop culture; punk culture; social justice movements; video games and others.

Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1950s

Design Museum Fifty
Author: Design Museum Enterprise Limited,Paula Reed
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 184091615X
Category: Design
Page: 112
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The Design Museum and fashion guru Paula Reed present Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1950s. The most exciting, influential and definitive looks of one of the most significant decades in fashion! The Design Museum's mission is to celebrate, enterain and inform. It is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to fashion, and carchitecture to graphics. It is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture and demonstrates both the richness of the creativity to be found in all forms of design, and its importance. This beautiful reference work showcases 50 iconic outfits from one of fashion's most influential and exciting decades. From the bombshell glamour of Marilyn Monroe in 'How to Marry a Millionaire' to the immergence of teenage style, via the sculptural forms of Christian Dior's New Look and Balenciaga's double A-Line, it celebrates all of the important looks that revolutionised modern fashion. With Paula Reed's lively and informative text and a wealth of fabulous photography, it is vital reading for design students, collectors of vintage, and everyone who truly loves fashion.

1950s Childhood Spangles, Tiddlywinks and The Clitheroe Kid

Spangles, Tiddlywinks and the Clitheroe Kid
Author: Derek Tait
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445635399
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 192
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A book recalling what it was like to be a child in the 1950s, including home life, school days, music and fashions.

1950s Fashion

1945-1960 in Fashion, Levi Strauss and Co. , Top Hat, Aloha Shirt, Ray-Ban Wayfarer, Western Wear, Petticoat, Teddy Boy, Winklepickers, Fe
Author: Source Wikipedia
Publisher: University-Press.org
ISBN: 9781230530505
Category:
Page: 46
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 44. Chapters: 1945-1960 in fashion, Levi Strauss & Co., Top hat, Aloha shirt, Ray-Ban Wayfarer, Western wear, Petticoat, Teddy Boy, Winklepickers, Fedora, Coonskin cap, Perfecto motorcycle jacket, Pompadour, Slim-fit pants, Horn-rimmed glasses, Beanie, Bolo tie, Hobble skirt, Browline glasses, Pork pie hat, PF Flyers, Duck's Ass, Chuck Taylor All-Stars, Deerstalker, Longchamp, Harlequin print, Crew cut, Trilby, Bobby sock, Mary Jane, Barkcloth, Homburg, Poodle skirt, Newsboy cap, Sweater girl, Saddle shoe, Spaghetti strap, Bobby soxer, Pedal pushers. Excerpt: Fashion in the years following World War II is characterized by the resurgence of haute couture after the austerity of the war years. Square shoulders and short skirts were replaced by the soft femininity of Christian Dior's "New Look" silhouette, with its sweeping longer skirts, fitted waist, and rounded shoulders, which in turn gave way to an unfitted, structural look in the later 1950s. Innovations in textile technology following the war resulted in new synthetic fabrics and easy-care fabric finishes that fitted the suburban lifestyle of the 1950s with its emphasis on casual sportswear for both men and women. For the first time, teenagers became a force in fashion. By 1947, the Paris fashion houses had reopened, and once again Paris resumed its position as the arbiter of high fashion. The "orderly, rhythmic evolution of fashion change" had been disrupted by the war, and a new direction was long overdue. A succession of style trends led by Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga defined the changing silhouette of women's clothes through the 1950s. Television joined fashion magazines and movies in disseminating clothing styles. One result of the Post-World War II economic expansion was a flood of synthetic fabrics and easy-care processes. "Drip-dry" nylon, orlon and...

Fifty Fashion Designers That Changed the World

Design Museum Fifty
Author: Design Museum Enterprise Limited,Lauren Cochrane
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1840916907
Category: Design
Page: 112
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In the world of fashion trends come and go, but the work of a small number of designers has survived to stand the test of time. From pioneers such as Coco Chanel and Christian Dior to the era-defining figures of Alexander McQueen and Paul Smith, explore the stories and examine the work of the 50 most ingenious and influential designers in fashion history. With stunning photography illustrating the seminal designers selected by the Design Museum in conjunction with Lauren Cochrane, Assistant Fashion Editor at the Guardian, Fifty Fashion Designers That Changed The World is a collection of the most illustrious, innovative tastemakers the fashion world has ever seen. Contents include: Coco Chanel Yves Saint Laurent Issey Miyake Jean-Paul Gaultier Vivienne Westwood Pierre Cardin Miuccia Prada Karl Lagerfeld Calvin Klein Tom Ford Giorgia Armani Phoebe Philo Christopher Kane ...and many more.

Moment of Grace

The American City in the 1950s
Author: Michael Johns
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520931497
Category: Social Science
Page: 194
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Moment of Grace tells the story of the American city in its remarkable heyday. Never before or after the 1950s were downtowns so exciting, neighborhoods so settled, or suburban dwellers so optimistic. Urban culture was at its peak: it was vital, urbane, conformist, and generating rebellion all at once. Capturing the mood of the '50s in superb historical photographs and mining delightfully varied sources—including urban critics, interviews with city residents, novels, songs, magazines, and newspapers—Moment of Grace brings alive the downtowns, the neighborhoods, and the suburbs of the era. A rich historical reflection on a singular decade, the book also portrays the '50s as a critical turning point in American culture and economy. Michael Johns shows us exactly why city life never could or would be the same again. Giving a vivid sense of the lived experience of the day, Johns explores the '50s in cities such as New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Oakland, writing about fashion (which demanded the highest heels and pointiest breasts in history), nightlife, architecture, literature, business and economic trends, and teenage culture. He tells us what was for sale in the stores, who lived in the neighborhoods, what life was like for women in the brand-new suburbs, and much more. And he confronts difficult issues head-on. What did the loss of city jobs and the simultaneous success of the civil rights movement mean for black neighborhoods? What were the profound consequences of the rise of the suburbs for family life? In contrast to the vibrant cities of the '50s, the streets of today's downtowns are often empty if not suffused with melancholy. Johns uncovers the seeds of the transformation from the '50s to today, and at the same time, he paints a memorable picture of the American past.

Service and Style

How the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class
Author: Jan Whitaker
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429909914
Category: History
Page: 352
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Downtown department stores were once the heart and soul of America's pulsing Broadways and Main Streets. With names such as City of Paris, Penn Traffic, The Maze, Maison Blanche, or The Popular, they suggested spheres far beyond mundane shopping. Nicknames reflected the affection customers felt for their favorites, whether Woodie's, Wanny's, Stek's, O.T.'s, Herp's, or Bam's. The history of downtown department stores is as fascinating as their names and as diverse as their merchandise. Their stories encompass many themes: the rise of decorative design, new career paths for women, the growth of consumerism, and the technological ingenuity of escalators and pneumatic tubes. Just as the big stores made up their own small universes, their stories are microcosmic narratives of American culture and society. The big stores were much more than mere businesses. They were local institutions where shoppers could listen to concerts, see fashion shows and art exhibits, learn golf or bridge, pay electric bills, and plan vacations – all while their children played in the store's nursery under the eye of a uniformed nursemaid. From Boston to San Diego and Miami to Seattle, department stores symbolized a city's spirit, wealth, and progressiveness. Situated at busy intersections, they occupied the largest and finest downtown buildings, and their massive corner clocks became popular meeting places. Their locations became the epicenters of commerce, the high point from which downtown property taxes were calculated. Spanning the late 19th century well into the 20th, their peak development mirrors the growth of cities and of industrial America when both were robust and flourishing. The time may be gone when children accompany their mothers downtown for a day of shopping and lunch in the tea room, when monogrammed trucks deliver purchases for free the very same day, and when the personality of a city or town can be read in its big stores. But they are far from forgotten and they still have power to influence how we shop today. Service and Style recreates the days of downtown department stores in their prime, from the 1890s through the 1960s. Exploring in detail the wide range of merchandise they sold, particularly style goods such as clothing and home furnishings, it examines how they displayed, promoted, and sometimes produced goods. It reveals how the stores grew, why they declined, and how they responded to and shaped the society around them.

The Fabric of Cultures

Fashion, Identity, and Globalization
Author: Eugenia Paulicelli,Hazel Clark,Professor of the History and Theory of Design Hazel Clark
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135253560
Category: Design
Page: 240
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Fashion is both public and private, material and symbolic, always caught within the lived experience and providing an incredible tool to study culture and history. The Fabric of Cultures examines the impact of fashion as a manufacturing industry and as a culture industry that shapes the identities of nations and cities in a cross-cultural perspective, within a global framework. The collected essays investigate local and global economies, cultures and identities and the book offers for the first time, a wide spectrum of case studies which focus on a diversity of geographical spaces and places, from global capitals of fashion such as New York, to countries less known or identifiable for fashion such as contemporary Greece and soviet Russia. Highly illustrated and including essays from all over the world, The Fabric of Cultures provides a comprehensive survey of the latest interdisciplinary scholarship on fashion, identity and globalisation.

In the Know

The Classic Guide to Being Cultured and Cool
Author: Nancy MacDonell
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440619762
Category: Social Science
Page: 240
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There are still a few things money can’t buy. Love is one, cool is another. But while love can be left to fate, cool doesn’t need to be. Though it may seem like something you’re born with, cool is actually a code, and you’re holding the key to the code in your hands. It’s all a matter of getting the right facts straight: Why is Jackson Pollock important? What handbag will get you upgraded at the airport? Who is Jacques Derrida and why does he matter? Covering everything from fashion and design to art and philosophy—all in entertaining, fact-filled bites—Nancy MacDonell has assembled the ultimate cheat sheet. In the Know is nothing less than a one-volume guide to navigating life with style and flair.

Japanese Fashion Cultures

Dress and Gender in Contemporary Japan
Author: Masafumi Monden
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472586727
Category: History
Page: 216
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From Rococo to Edwardian fashions, Japanese street style has reinvented many western dress styles, reinterpreting and altering their meanings and messages in a different cultural and historical context. This wide ranging and original study reveals the complex exchange of styles and what they represent in Japan and beyond, contesting common perceptions of gender in Japanese dress and the notion that non-western fashions simply imitate western styles. Through case studies focussing on fashion image consumption in style tribes such as Kamikaze Girls, Lolita, Edwardian, Ivy Style, Victorian, Romantic and Kawaii, this ground-breaking book investigates the complexities of dress and gender and demonstrates the flexible nature of contemporary fashion and style exchange in a global context. Japanese Fashion Cultures will appeal to students and scholars of fashion, cultural studies, gender studies, media studies and related fields.

Fashion Media

Past and Present
Author: Djurdja Bartlett,Shaun Cole,Agnès Rocamora
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 0857853090
Category: Design
Page: 256
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The fashion media is in the midst of deep social and technological change. Including a broad range of case studies, from fashion plates to fashion films, and from fashion magazines to fashion blogs, this ground-breaking book provides an up-to-date examination of the role and significance of this field. Winner of the PCA/ACA Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection, Fashion Media includes chapters written by international scholars covering topics from historic magazine cultures and contemporary digital innovations to art and film, exploring themes such as gender, ethnicity, design, taste and authorship. Highlighting the complexity of processes that bind design, design, technology, society and identity together, Fashion Media will be of be essential reading for students of fashion studies, cultural studies, visual culture studies, design history, communications and art and design practice and theory.

Blueprints of Fashion

Home Sewing Patterns of the 1950s
Author: Wade Laboissonniere
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780764309199
Category: Art
Page: 175
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The most popular 1940s clothing styles were available in patterns for the home seamstress. Companies like Advance, Butterick, McCall and others marketed their patterns to housewives with beautifully illustrated envelopes featuring everything from couture to everyday workclothes, ensembles, sportswear, lingerie, and more. Collectible in themselves, these illustrations also document an era of fashion design.