1940s Fashion – A Day in the Life of a Model

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A day with a 1940’s fashion model – And now let’s drop in to the house of England’s number one glamour girl Joan Richards. A 1940’s fashion model, who turns her charm and ability into a business. Joan has a long and busy day ahead, splitting her modelling duty between giving shows for the troops. …

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A Short History of Women’s Dress Sizes

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Ever wondered why a size 12 is called a size 12?  – Kass McGann of Reconstructing History.com Explains – Dress sizing is certainly confusing!  I mean, a man’s jacket size 42 fits a man with a chest measurement of 42″.  Jeans sized 36/32 fit a waist of 36″ and an inseam of 32″.  But what …

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1950s British Fashion Show in Color 1951

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An Evening of Fashion – Savoy Hotel London 1951 Pathe fashion newsreel in luscious color. Includes an exclusive peek backstage during the show. Let’s join the stars, celebrities and Britains top fashion designers. The occasion, a mannequin parade with a difference. Beginning beautifully by this Worth model Rolande, exhibiting this banana coloured facecloth dinner dress, …

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1940s Fashion – Liquid Stockings for Summer

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Sheer Stocking Solution in 1940 – When the temperature warms, a woman has three choices when it comes to leg beauty: stockings ( cotton, silk, or the new Nylon); she can go bare legged, or she can paint on a variety of cosmetic liquid stockings. Above are a comparison. To the male eye a pair …

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1930s Fashion – Hollywood Summer Frocks 1931

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Hollywood sets the 1930s mode – Lilyan Tashman‘s Style Lovely Lilyan Tashman starts off our little fashion show with these two stunning outfits. Left: Miss Tashman in a spectator sport costume of dust blue and white. Over a frock of dust blue roma crepe, bound with silk braid at the hem, Miss Tashman wears a …

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Street fashion in the 1930’s – Archive film

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The 1930’s Sartorialist – Ivan Besse. Did New York’s Scott Schuman – better known as The sartorialist – perfect the art of time travel? This rare film showing the vintage dress and hairstyles of ordinary women on the street in the 1930’s certainly qualifies as a sartorial. Filmed by Ivan Besse in the small South …

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Charlotte and Jane – Irish vintage fashion house

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1940s and 1950’s retro inspired Spring Summer clothing collection from Ireland. Continuing our current Irish flavour for vintage fashions, and following up on our wonderful find of an archive color fashion film of Sybil Connolly from 1957, we’re taking a quick peek at this years Spring Summer Collection 2012 from Charlotte & Jane, the Kinsale …

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