A Sign of Times 1950’s

Posted by Anna Espindola on

1950s style clothing is timeless. Cool cats and hipsters made the

1950s decade iconic for the youthful freedoms and fun sense of style. Fifties fashion goes beyond poodle skirts and saddle shoes and teenagers were not the only ones setting clothing trends.

1950s housewives played a role in defining the ultra-feminine style we love to wear today.

 

I really love the 50's fashion ; I hope this article will spark joy in you to make some amazing outfits:

And of course I also have a little summary: 

 

1950’S

OVERALL MOOD

Conformity

White Picket Fences Return to old standards Improved quality of family life

POLITICAL & HISTORICAL EVENTS

Baby boom

Women back in traditional roles

ECONOMY

Income rising Prosperity Credit

More imports

Movie Industry expands, goes public

TECHNOLOGY

Improved public transportation Improved communications: TV popular Development of more synthetic fabrics and finishes Diner’s Club, first modern-day credit card TV

Dinners

LIFESTYLE & SOCIAL VALUES

Move to suburbs

Buy new homes, appliances, furnishings Increased leisure time for sports & recreation The station wagon culture

Emergence of “Good” Girl vs. “Bad” Girl

MASS MEDIA & THE ARTS

Leave it to Beaver Birth of Rock ‘n’ roll Rebel Without a Cause

INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, James

Dean, Elvis Presley

KEY DESIGNERS

Christian Dior Givenchy Chanel Balmain Balenciaga

RESULTING FASHION TRENDS

Influence of Dior’s New Look continues

Feminine shape, vanishing waist, conical breasts

Girdles and bullet bras Sweater sets, full skirts Ivy League looks

Emerging rebel look: jeans, white t-shirts, leather for guys; slim fitted dresses and capri pants for gals

 

Stay tuned I still have lots to share! Next week comes the 60’s

Thanks,

Anna

 


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