1940s Fashion – Winter Underwear in 1942

In 1942, the outdoor girl dressed good and warm Winter underwear in 1942. The silhouette for 1940s foundation wear is breathing room for waistlines, beautiful, uplifted bosoms and a return to the straight and narrow for hips. Life Magazine in 1942 reports on ladies underwear for the ‘sports girl’. Photographs by Gjon Mili The female hothouse plant, that frail vessel of…

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1940s Fashion – Fall Dresses in 1947

A New Dress Silhouette for Autumn – Nipped in waistlines, soft back fullness and longer fuller skirts. The new Paris silhouette creeps in to Fall dresses in 1947. Fall dresses 1947 – A New Silhouette A black skirt below the knee, but without the petal like fullness of the new Paris look. The Jacket with nipped waist follows Diors new…

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1940s Fashion – 1948 Guide to Foundation wear

1940s Vintage Lingerie advice – Glamourdaze just published a page devoted to the secretive world of vintage lingerie. We’ve chosen excerpts from a book published in 1948 called Foundations for Fashion and provided links to our recommended supplier of faux vintage style undergarments. The guidebook – Foundations for Fashion is an excellent 1940s and 1950s lingerie and foundation wear tutorial…

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1940s Fashion – Vogue Under Twenty Dresses

Four 40s frocks and their doll equivalents – One of the pretty young dancers of the musical show, “Panama Hattie,” is Miriam Franklin, who is wearing a buttoned-bodice dress of beige Juilliard wool and a black velvet halo-hat. Her costume and the others on this post were copied in miniature especially for Vogue. These are shown on Margit Nilsen‘s new flexible…

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1940 Vogue Fashion – Winter Coats and Dresses

Vogue Magazine of December 1940 – Fearless 1940s coats and 1940s wool dresses to please the eye and warm the heart ! Vogue Magazine 1940 for winter coats and dresses. The skirts were slim and pleated. Hair was swept up in a pompadour and hats were large Snapped at the Leonardo da Vinci Exhibit, at the New York Museum of Science…

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College Girl Winter Fashion for 1940

Priscilla Lane models four outfits – So you’re going to college ! ( left) Doesn’t Priscilla Lane look a dream in this casual all-day-round dress suited for campus and class? The long sleeved crepe blouse is a deep Hunters green crepe, while the Tartan skirt is of smooth wool in shades of green, orange, yellow and black. The plaid is…

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1940s Winter Fashion – Barbara Stanwyck

Winter Hollywood Style by Edith Head 1942 – Well hello to Barbara Stanwyck, who has more than a nodding acquaintance with skis in Columbia’s “You belong to me.” She makes a pretty cover in this bright number for the slopes. Next she does a bit of interior decoration here in a gray gabardine ski suit with zipper-closed pockets, a reversible…

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Elizabeth Hawes – The Fashion Anarchist

Visionary designer forerunner to Dior – In 1938, a young American female fashion designer named Elizabeth Hawes, an author, a journalist, a political activist and union organiser with the foresight of Chanel and Dior and a razor sharp wit that made her the Dorothy Parker of fashion, published a book called Fashion is Spinach, a long forgotten fore runner of The Devil…

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1940s Fashion – Cigarettes and the Slim Silhouette

When tobacco tied in with 1940s fashion allure – Whilst the War Production Board had begun pushing sensible restrictions in women’s clothing through its L-38 Apparel order, silhouettes had tended toward the slim side in tobacco advertising since the mid 1930s, particularly in Marlboro cigarettes, a brand, though chiefly remembered for its cowboy image of the 1960s, was originally marketed as…

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The Gamine Figure – The Second New Look of 1949

New Gamine Figure of 1949 turns heads American women, battle-scarred survivors of the 1947 style revolution, when the New Look took over, are hearing disquieting reports from the fashion front: Having made over their figures for the New Look, was it possible that they were going to have to do it all over again? The fashion edict from Paris sounds…

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