| Wartime Forties
Fabric, hosiery, dye, and buttons
were regulated, leading to plain, above the knee skirts and boxy
jackets with padded shoulders. France as a fashion center was halted
with Britian and America creating collections. Longer hemlines returned
following the war, climaxing in 1949 with Dior's "New Look.". Notable
designers include Adrian, Claire McCardell, Edith Head, Hardy Aimes,
and Norman Norell.
Web Sites | Books
Web Sites about 1940s Fashions and Culture
Books About 1940s Fashions and Culture
Great Fashion Designs of the Forties :...
Fashion Sourcebooks the 1940s
Fashions of a Decade : The 1940s...
Fashion in the Forties
by Julian Robinson
This 1976 book is worth a look if you can find it at libraries
or bookstores. It offers a look at the 1940s in interviews,
news clippings, photographs and sketches. It explains how the
war affected fashion, how fashion returned to Paris, and the
post-war rush on fabric. Many of these photos cannot be found
Everyday Fashions of the Forties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs
Edited by JoAnne Olian
This is a great book to quickly and easily identify forties
clothing, compiled by the curator of the costume collection
at the Museum of New York. It offers a great selection of collectible
items, ranging from children and women¼s day wear to menswear
and accessories like leg makeup. Each page is identified year
it first appeared.
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Videos About 1940s Fashion and Culture
This 1939 movie shows the artistry of Hollywood costume
designer Adrian, who's screen fantasies influenced what women
wore off screen during the forties. It set the tone for the
decade with an all star cast in stunning clothes - pay attention
to the fashion show scene!
This movie has wonderful forties fashions. Most notable
is the fashion show scene, where hats to die for follow one
after the other in a wish-you-could-have-one sequence.
This 1943 film captures the glory days of zoot suits, before
they were banned due to wartime restrictions on fabric. Riots
caused between servicemen and those defiantly wearing zoot suits
in public ensured this would be a short lived fad during the
Vintage Pattern Lending Library
A collection of over 800 antique sewing and needlework patterns
covering periods of 1870 - the late 1940s. Only members may
check out patterns, but paying the fee allows free check out,
discounts on pattern purchases, and the chance to check out
more than one pattern at time. From the teen patterns include
those from rare French fashion magazines and British fashion
patterns. This is a fantastic idea.
The Canadian Virtual Museum - Virtual Fashion Hat Exhibition
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