1940s Fashion – How to get Christian Dior’s New Look !

Corsets and padding for Diors New Look of 1947-

1940s Fashion – from Glamourdaze.com

Two 1940s British models attempt to achieve Christian Dior’s New Look by wearing the latest 1940s shape-wear
-From the Pathe’s film archive.

With half of London still in ruins, and food and clothing rationing still enforced, this was more of a pipe dream for the average girl, but one can imagine the widening eyes of those still war worn cinema going women in 1947.

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How to get the Paris New Look of 1947 , even if Mother Nature forgot to give you the right figure for it! At a London fashion house, we asked for a demonstration!

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First it’s the strait-jacket for that figure of eight appearance.

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We call it a Cinch waist ! We know they’re just old fashioned corsets.

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Next comes padding for the shoulders and hips, if you’ve still got a breath of air left!

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Fitted pads make madam look like a destroyer having its armoured plating laid. But these are the armaments of beauty.

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British models have slimmed for years to be a la mode, now the modern girl just hasn’t got what the ‘New Look’ requires!

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A last look at the super-structure before we show you a New Look dress by Richards in Utility material.

Read the concise illustrated history of 1940s womens fashion 

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