The 1950s and 1960s (Costume and Fashion Source Books) by Anne Rooney

By Anne Rooney

Following the second one global battle, type turned on hand to a much wider inhabitants for the 1st time as mass-production garments crammed shops and televisions and different media retailers relayed what the wealthy and well-known wore every day. With this elevate in pop culture intake got here a rise in customer intake, and kinds and models replaced fast within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties. This colourful, appealing quantity info how women and men wearing their day-by-day lives and for targeted events. attractive sidebars and considerable full-color images and illustrations provide readers a correct, distinctive photo of the types that have been the entire rage in post-war the US and the years past. Chapters of this identify comprise: a brand new period; Women's Day put on; Men's Day put on; Women's Formal and night gown; Men's Formal and night gown; day off - rest put on; paintings put on and Uniforms; and, finishing the glance.

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A fedora hat and plain, black shoes completed the outfit. Other men, who did not need to wear a formal suit to work, wore trousers with cuffs, again held up by suspenders, and often a plain or checked shirt in a color that would not show dirt. These shirts had an integral collar and were not starched. qxd 2/13/09 10:41 AM Page 50 CHAPTER 8 Completing the Look HIGH HEELS “ I don’t know who invented the high heel, but all men owe him a lot. Attention to detail makes a look. In the 1950s and 1960s, many of the clothes worn by ordinary people going about their daily lives were not so very different from many of the clothes worn today.

The shirt had short sleeves and was worn open at the neck, with a turned-back collar. It was paired with sunglasses, a new fashion item in the 1950s. ” 45 EXPLOSIVE BIKINI The bikini was invented in 1946, but it was not adopted by most women until the 1960s. At first, bikinis were cut straight across the top of the leg. Later, “high-cut” bikinis became more popular but would still be considered low-cut by modern standards. The bikini was named after Bikini Atoll, one of the Marshall Islands, where nuclear weapons were tested in 1946, because the bikini’s impact was considered equivalent to setting off an atom bomb.

Heels became lower or disappeared altogether. Toes were still pointed at the start of the decade, but later a square or rounded toe became popular. The big innovation was boots for women. There was a craze for white leather knee-length or mid-calf boots. Eventually, boots made from shiny plastic even reached the thigh, ending just below the miniskirt. Fake snakeskin in black and white was used for shoes and boots for a while. Boots could also be in colored suede or leather. Men’s shoes in the 1950s were often simple laceups, but loafers were popular for informal wear.

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