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1950s fashion

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Elizabeth Miller

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Women's Fashion More Fashion Facts and Timeline 1950's Fashion By: Elizabeth && Ellen New advances in technology, including the credit card system, made mass-produced clothing the popular choice in westernized countries. The boom in prosperity, and the emptiness many felt in this new world, made conspicuous consumption a must. 1950s fashion, like all fashion, reflected the fears and aspirations of its time. Two decades of deprivation and struggle were relieved by the threat of global nuclear war. Wartime restrictions and rations were removed, disappearing for most by the mid-1950s; in America, and parts of Europe, a new prosperity blossomed out of the ashes. The 50's were some of the most happiest times in American History. It was in the 1950s that the "teenager" began adopting fashions of his/her own design, mirroring her peers instead of her elders. America and the Soviet Union emerged from World War II as the two world superpowers. American movies, fashions, and consumer products were exported across the world. While many nations resented America's influence, they had little power to stop it. After World War II, there was a huge push to get women back into the home and the kitchen, to do the traditionally womanly duties of raising children and looking after the house. 1950s fashions emphasized fragile femininity, in the form of soft shoulders, stiletto heels, wrist-length gloves and full, billowing skirts. Even working women's outfits hinted at fragility, with pencil-slim skirts and little hats with veil and feathers. Conservative business suits were favored by men, so much so that the "Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" became a known archetype Men's 1950s fashion was clean cut and conservative. The "gray flannel suit" referred to a style popular among American men, which started out in the Ivy League colleges. The "American suit" was usually charcoal gray, single-breasted with two or three widely spaced buttons, unwaisted, with no back vent. Also popular was the "penny loafer," a slip-on shoe with a cut-out apron that could fit a penny.
Hats became less and less popular among both men and women, throughout the 1950s. By the end of the 1950s they were still seen, though not required for a business uniform; by 1970, they had vanished almost entirely.
Men's hair was kept short and neat, typically in a crewcut Men's Fashion You're going to want to hear this... Women's Fashion. Jane Russell Johnny Cash Elvis Presley Audrey Hepburn Marilyn Monroe *1950 STARS * The Kitchen;; Rock Hudson Jimmy Dean Lucille Ball
From "I Love Lucy." Raymond Burr Advertisement Men's Fashion Family Diners The ready to wear industry was born in the1950s. This was the era of mass-produced clothing and standardized sizes but also the decade of a revival for couture tailored to fit perfectly. Women wore feminine, charming clothes with bows, flounces and frills. Young ladies donned trousers which ranged from ankle length to just below the knee and Rockers and Beatniks expressed their dissatisfaction with the status quo by wearing jeans, leather jackets and drinking coffee. Advances in aniline dyes meant colors were bright and varied and prints were busy. 1950s Cowl Neck CoatThree-quarter length evening coats in satin or Shantung silk were popular as well as fur stoles and evening wraps. The suit of the year was the tailor's suit, with a straight skirt and a jacket tailored as strictly as the jacket of an old-fashioned riding habit, with high, notched lapels, narrow sleeves, high armholes and vents at either side or in the back. 1950s Skirt and Sweater set is a fifties staple. A short or long-sleeved sweater (sometimes even sleeveless) with a matching cardigan proved a favourite of the period. Cardigans in the fifties had exquisite details such as pearl buttons and satin piping and were made of cashmere, angora or plain wool. Cardigans decorated with lace, embroidery, rhinestones, beads or sequins were worn in the evening instead of a jacket. Early 1950's shoes were often very high with rounded or peep toes and low cut front uppers. Strapped sandals with finer heels were popular as were heavier, thicker heels for lower shoes. By the mid fifties kitten heels and metal-tipped steel stiletto heels were in. Underwear changed dramatically in the fifties to compliment the fashion. The bullet bra, the cantilevered bra, and the padded bra all emphasized the bust which had became fashionable again. Thanks to material like nylon a new type of corset was created that could simply be pulled up rather than having to depend on a maid to lace you into it. More expensive dresses would have this corset built-in, complete with padded bra and whalebone at the waist and bust.
Teenagers and young people not wanting to conform became Rockers or Beatniks. These counter-culture groups had their own particular fashion.
Ladies who favored the Rocker style wore tight sweaters, very tight trousers, nipped in at the waist by elastic belts and spiked-heeled mules.
Beatniks wore a lot of black, often only accessorized by a pair of dark sunglasses and a beret.
Figure-hugging turtle necks were popular in this group as well as oversized jumpers (sloppy Joe) with fitted trousers and flat ballet-style shoes.
Jeans became a popular garment for those who wanted to rebel like the pin-up of the day, James Dean. Ladies often rolled them up to mid calf length.
Teenagers wore stiff, crinoline petticoats under their circle dresses to make them stick out. Alternative 1950s Fashion 1950
•First Modern Credit Card Introduced
•First Organ Transplant
•First "Peanuts" Cartoon Strip
•Korean War Begins
•Senator Joseph McCarthy Begins Communist Witch Hunt
•U.S. President Truman Orders Construction of Hydrogen Bomb 1951
•Color TV Introduced
•South Africans Forced to Carry ID Cards Identifying Race
•Truman Signs Peace Treaty With Japan, Officially Ending WWII 1952
•Car Seat Belts Introduced
•Princess Elizabeth Becomes Queen at Age 25 1953
•DNA Discovered
•First Playboy Magazine
•Hillary and Norgay Climb Mt. Everest 1954
•Britain Sponsors an Expedition to Search for the Abominable Snowman
•First Atomic Submarine Launched
•Report Says Cigarettes Cause Cancer 1955
•Disneyland Opens
•James Dean Dies in Car Accident
•McDonald's Corporation Founded
•Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat on a Bus 1956
•T.V. Remote Control Invented 1957
•Dr. Seuss Publishes The Cat in the Hat
•Soviet Satellite Sputnik Launches Space Age 1958
•Hope Diamond is Donated to the Smithsonian
•Hula Hoops Become Popular
•LEGO Toy Bricks First Introduced
•NASA Founded
•Peace Symbol Created 1959
•Castro Becomes Dictator of Cuba
•International Treaty Makes Antarctica Scientific Preserve
•The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway END.
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