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Skiing style in Life magazine, c. 1940s
Love those shades!
Knitted turban and muff/purse combo (how fab!), c. 1940s
Bathing Ensemble | LACMA | late 1940s
I love the idea of matching jackets for swimwear.. maybe that would help me from getting burnt, too :p
Street style, circa 1940s
Vogue, 1948 - photographed by Norman Parkinson
This looks SO ’50s. I’m doubtful of that date.. evening though ’50s styles did start in the late ’40s!
Plaid skirt and matching shoes from Life Magazine, 1948.
Charles James Evening Cape | Met Museum | c. 1944
Charles James was a master.
Day Dress | c. 1947
An enormous bustle bow dominates this striped silk dress by Victor Steibel. In February 1947 Christian Dior had launched the New Look featuring pinched waists, full skirts and a soft shoulder line. It was an attempt to reinstate feminity in dress after a period of wartime austerity and shortage. The impractical scale and frivolity of Steibel’s bow was clearly a defiant gesture against rationing. It makes lavish use of material and is so large and weighty that it requires the support of a sturdy horsehair frill beneath the skirts.
Claire McCardell beachwear ensemble, Met, 1944
Advance playsuit pattern, c. 1945