Fashion in the 1950s

Fashion in the 1950s

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More than a footnote to the Second World War, or a foreword to the youth-obsessed exhilaration of the Sixties, the Fifties was a thrilling decade devoted to newness and freshness. The British people, rebuilding their lives and wardrobes, demanded modern materials, vibrant patterns and exciting prints inspired by scientific discoveries and modern art. Despite the influence of glamorous Paris couture led by Dior, home-grown fashion labels including Horrockses and the young Queen Elizabeth's couturier Norman Hartnell had an equally great, if not greater impact on British style. This book, written by an assistant curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is a fascinating look back to the days when post-war Britain developed a fresh sense of style.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 149 x 210 x 7.62mm | 146g
  • Bloomsbury Shire Publications
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 33 col
  • 0747812241
  • 9780747812241
  • 996,558

About Daniel Milford-Cottam

Daniel Milford-Cottam has studied the history of dress from a young age. While assistant curator in the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, he worked on the Wedding Dress exhibition and the accompanying publication.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: The End of Clothing Rationing Work and Pleasure: Everyday Fashion Seaside Style: Swimwear and Beachwear Smartness and Sunday Best: Formal Wear Eye-Catching! Jewellry and Eyewear Going to the Ball: Evening Wear The Style of Youth: Teenage Fashion Epilogue: Slipping into the Sixtiesshow more