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Vintage fashion: the 1940s – from practical to redefined post-war femininity

November 16, 2013 | Vintage Fashion | 0 comments

After The Great Depression 1930s, it’s time for the fourth episode of the retro fashion saga: the 1940s! This decade started very sober in the shadow of World War II. Clothing had to be practical. Besides that, a lot of fabrics were not available during war, which had a great impact on the fashion industry in the early 1940s. Fashion was literally a reflection of the war with colors as black, navy, military green and other dark colors.
After the war, the fashion industry wasn’t immediately revived. Actually it took a while to find that feminine look that every woman was looking for after years of the “practical working look”. In the early years, the daily fashion wear was loose and easy. But where there is a will, there is a way. In 1947, Christian Dior introduced “The new look”, including full skirts and “waist hugging” jackets. That new look had …

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Vintage fashion: The “Great Depression” 1930s

August 3, 2013 | Vintage Fashion | 0 comments

After the roaring twenties we’re moving on to the next retro fashion episode: the 1930s! This decade started with “The Great Depression” which effected all aspects in life, including fashion. “The Great Depression” mood was applied into fashion by military inspired shouldered clothing and low, functional heels.
During the 1930s, popular Hollywood actresses like Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Jean Harlow introduced a more feminine, glamorous, sophisticated look. The short dresses from the 1920s flapper look were replaced with waist dresses and backless gowns that emphasized the female curves. For the everyday look, women suits became quite popular.
Also sunbathing became more common and beach fashion was adjusted to this development. Swimwear became briefer and often had a scooped back, so women could show off their tanned backs in the evening.
A trip down to fashionable 1930s lane…

 
The backless gown | 1930s

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Vintage fashion: The roaring twenties

March 16, 2013 | Vintage Fashion | 0 comments

Another trip down to retro fashion lane after the 1900-1915 retro trip. This time a flashback to the roaring twenties!
The bob, sequined dresses,head bands, fringe and pearls were keywords in that era.
What made the 1920s so roaring? Well, the jazz music became popular and Flappers made their lifestyle statement.
Flappers were young, western women who “rebelled” against the standard morals of the 1920s era. They “bobbed” their hair, wore short skirts and excessive make-up. Their lifestyle included everything that wasn’t considered acceptable behaviour including drinking, smoking and liberal social morals. They redefined the modern woman in the 1920s. And they did it very stylish…
 Ziegfeld girls (showgirls on Broadway) | 1922

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Mid 1920

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One of the very first IT girls…Clara Bow

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Vintage fashion: 1900 – 1915

February 3, 2013 | Vintage Fashion | 1 comment

The first episode of fashion through the last century! Looking back from hundred years ago till now, a lot of things have changed and some things stayed the same. One thing is clear: every decade has its own recognizable style.
Starting off this first episode of retro fashion with the decade ca 1900 – 1915. One thing is for sure: lace and pearls are an all time favorite.
Next post in this sequence will be: 1920s.

 
College style | 1895

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Ivory white Court dress| 1899

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Shoes | 1900

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