1940’s College Fashion Show

This 1940’s college fashion feature comes from 1948.  It is the conclusion to a series of 1940’s dress making films. Features a group of enthusiastic students showing off their dress making skills. The patterns were supplied by the Simplicity Pattern Co.

It is led by a girl named Betty.

1940's college fashion
Betty introduces her college fashion show. All dresses were made by the girls in school

1940’s College Fashion Show

Betty –  introduces this rare and surprisingly inventive 1940’s college fashion film .“These clothes are just what we’ve made in our clothing class this past semester.I hope you’ll like them.” 

1940’s white dress and boxy jacket

1940s college fashion - white dress and boxy jacket
1940s white dress and boxy jacket

Wouldn’t you like to look this cool on a summer day? White does wonders for your suntan and takes any color accessories. This basic white dress goes smartly at a sports event or to school or to the movies with the boyfriend.A bright red boxy jacket takes care of cool evenings.

1940’s dress and skirt ensemble

1940's college fashion - dress and skirt ensemble

Now here’s a grand idea.Plan a wardrobe that makes two outfits do the work of several. For instance, the three buttoned jacket of this green wool suit can be combined with the other costumes plaid skirt to make a third ensemble. Or you can team up the green turtle neck blouse with the green suit skirt and you have a fourth smart outfit.

1940's college fashion - dress and skirt ensemble

1940’s corduroy jumper and gaberdine sack dress


School mates. The corduroy jumper and gabardine sack dress. Both with a new angle.
The jumper has a circular back, contrasting with a prim square bodice. And there’s a clever trick in the sack dress – a belted in shoulder scarf ending in a pocket.

1940's college fashion - gabardine sack dress
Lovely tartan shoulder scarf which ends in a pocket !

The 1940’s Midi Dress

1940's Midi Dress
The 1940’s Midi Dress

Sailor beware ! Here’s the new midi dress. A long torso top over a box pleated skirt. Match and mix your colors. Make sleeves long or short. Both of these dresses are of full jersey.

1940’s Jersey blouse and skirt with wide belt

1940's College Fashion - Jersey blouse and skirt with wide belt
1940’s Jersey blouse and skirt with wide belt

Betty tells us that 1940’s blouses and skirts rate AA plus with girls. Here’s a combination that’s great for spring. A wide belt gives the new look of small waist and rounded hips.

1940’s Dirndl skirt and beach skirt

1940's College Fashion - Dirndl wrap skirt and beach skirt
1940s Dirndl wrap skirt and beach skirt
1940's College Fashion - Dirndl wrap skirt and beach skirt
An early appearance of the mini skirt. A striped-cotton-wrap-skirt-and-beach-skirt.

Striped cotton shines at the beach, by the pool or going to a garden party. This Dirndl skirt wraps around a mini skirt. When you want to complete your suntan – take it off. Throw it over your shoulders too, like a shawl, when you’ve had enough sun on your back. Can’t you see this beautiful outfit peddling along on a bike, going to a picnic. Looking very gay in fact at any of summers fun spots.

Everywhere – sewing machines are humming, preparing for fashion shows which girls put on every day, when they step out in the clothes they’ve made for themselves! To this day, Simplicity patterns are used by women around the world.

That’s all !
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2 thoughts on “1940’s College Fashion Show”

  1. Love these pictures! All of these trends are coming back into style and it’s great, thanks for posting. I love that white dress!

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