Fame in Fashion: the 1950s

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Fame in Fashion: the 1950s

poodle skirts, sloppy bobby socks, saddle shoes, sneakers

Elvis Presley

James Dean

FAME IN FASHION: the 1950s

H-Line (1954)

A-Line (1956)

Y-Line (1955)

Christian Dior's post-war attempt to refocus the fashion industry towards France. Used copious amounts of fabric previously reserved for uniforms and encouraged the femininity previously put on hold. His new silhouettes demanded the return of the corset (hourglass figure).

Dior's famous silhouettes of the 50s

NEW LOOK

String-tied Empire Waist

Draped Bathing Suit

Popover Dress

Claire McCardell: "I belong to a mass production country where any of us, all of us, deserve the right to good fashion." WWII (1939–45), when French designers were inactive, McCardell began to design practical & comfortable everyday clothing for the busy woman (bias-cuts, adjustable waist, side pockets)

AMERICAN LOOK

Gray Flannel Suit

(British) Edwardian Dandy + American Gangster style created by Savile Row tailors

Ivy League, Ofords, narrow ties, parental expectations, khaki pants

music inpiration, Elvis, blue jeans, white tee, rebellion against preppy

Teddy Boy

MENSWEAR

Preppy

Rock n' Roll

working husband, office wear, "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit"

Sportswear

WOMENSWEAR

Teen Trend

pedal pushers, clamdiggers,bermuda shorts, usually surburbans with leisure time

Marilyn Monroe

Audrey Hepburn

FASHION ICONS

bold sex symbol Marilyn for bustier/curvier women, classy & graceful Audrey for the thinner/petite women, rugged Elvis and James for the rebellious young men


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