Fashion in the 1950s

Fashion in the 1950s

by Daniel Milford-Cottam


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Fashion in the 1950s by Daniel Milford-Cottam

More than a footnote to the Second World War, or a foreword to the youth-obsessed exhilaration of the Sixties, the Fifties was a thrilling decade devoted to newness and freshness. The British people, rebuilding their lives and wardrobes, demanded modern materials, vibrant patterns and exciting prints inspired by scientific discoveries and modern art. Despite the influence of glamorous Paris couture led by Dior, home-grown fashion labels including Horrockses and the young Queen Elizabeth's couturier Norman Hartnell had an equally great, if not greater impact on British style. This book, written by an assistant curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is a fascinating look back to the days when post-war Britain developed a fresh sense of style.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780747812241
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Series: Shire Library , #730
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Daniel Milford-Cottam has studied the history of dress from a young age. While assistant curator in the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, he worked on the Wedding Dress exhibition and the accompanying publication.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The End of Rationing
Everyday Fashion: Work and Pleasure
Hats: Crowning Glory
Formal Wear: Going to the Ball
Underwear: Things Seen and Unseen
Menswear: Genesis of the Peacock
Epilogue: Slipping into the Sixties
Further Reading
Places to Visit

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