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1950s American Fashion

Author : Jonathan Walford
ISBN : 9780747812760
Genre : Design
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The 1950s was the first decade when American fashion became truly American. The United States had always relied on Europe for its style leads, but during World War II, when necessity became the mother of invention, the country had to find its own way. American designers looked to what American women needed and found new inspirations for American fashion design. Sportswear became a strength, but not at the expense of elegance. Easy-wear materials were adapted for producing more formal clothes, and versatile separates and adaptable dress and jacket suits became hallmarks of American style. This book follows the American fashion industry from New York's 7th Avenue to the beaches of California in search of the clothes that defined 1950s American fashion.
Category: Design

1950s American Style A Reference Guide Soft Cover

Author : Daniel Niemeyer
ISBN : 9781304201652
Genre : Nineteen fifties
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Facets of the Fifties. A reference guide to an iconic Decade of Movie Palaces, Television, Classic Cars, Sports, Department Stores, Trains, Music, Food, Fashion and more
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Artifacts From American Fashion

Author : Heather Vaughan Lee
ISBN : 9781440864582
Genre : History
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Clothing and fashion accessories can serve as valuable primary sources for learning about our history. This unique book examines daily life in twentieth-century America through the lens of fashion and clothing. • Provides readers with an understanding of American history through artifacts of clothing • Offers readers the option to read self-contained entries individually or in chronological order for a unique perspective of a given decade from multiple points of view • Shows how clothing can be used as an educational tool to understand the real-life experiences of peoples of the past • Presents hard facts and information on complex topics like war and politics, as well as entertainment histories • Ties large historical events and movements to individuals living in those times, both famous and "everyday"
Category: History

Daily Life In 1950s America

Author : Nancy Hendricks
ISBN : 9781440864421
Genre : History
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Placing the era firmly within the American experience, this reference illuminates what daily life was really like in the 1950s, including for people from the "Other America"—those outside the prosperous, white middle class. • Illustrates how a seemingly uneventful decade defined today's world • Includes helpful historical overview for each section by placing it in context • Contains academic references and suggestions for further reading in each section • Illuminates the era's tastes through appendices of 1950s slang, award-winners, and best-sellers • Leads readers toward other works to broaden their understanding in a bibliography
Category: History

Fifty Years Of Fashion

Author : Valerie Steele
ISBN : 0300087381
Genre : Design
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Describes top trends and designers of the past fifty years, including their social and cultural contexts
Category: Design

American Decades Primary Sources 1950 1959

Author : Cynthia Rose
ISBN : UCR:31210021175458
Genre : History
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Presents a collection of primary historical documents that cover the history of the United States in the twentieth century.
Category: History

Couture Commerce

Author : Alexandra Palmer
ISBN : 0774808268
Genre : Design
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The 1950s were the golden years of haute couture, captured by iconic images of glamorous models wearing dramatic clothes. Yet the real women who wore these clothes adapted them to suit their own tastes, altered them to extend their life, and often could not bear to part with them long after the dresses had outlived their use. This gorgeously illustrated book demonstrates why so many of these designs are still in existence and why we are fascinated by them fifty years later. Couture and Commerce investigates how and why postwar couture fashion was important in its own day. The Paris couture houses survived due to the enthusiasm of the North American fashion press and commercial buyers. Alexandra Palmer traces the European haute couture trade with North America by following actual surviving couture dresses from the design house sketch, through the model used in New York fashion shows and as a template for copies and knock-offs, and finally to the consumer. Couture and Commerce is a remarkable mixture of accessible text, color photographs of the original garments, design house sketches and photographs, retailers’ advertisements, and society page images. Weaving together analysis of the clothes and interviews with those who traded, sold, and wore couture, Alexandra Palmer vividly recreates the 1950s fashion world.
Category: Design

The Fashion Doll

Author : Juliette Peers
ISBN : UOM:39015060092411
Genre : Design
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Feminists have argued that the Barbie doll perpetuates unrealistic standards of feminine beauty and undermines the credibility of women. Yet, for every mother who disapproves of Barbie, there is a young daughter who adores her. Barbie has enjoyed a prosperous and important history in Western culture, but she is simply the most high-profile of a series of iconic dolls produced in the past 150 years. For the first time, this history is explored to reveal how intimately connected dolls have been to fashion and culture, from their early history right up to the present day. The prominence of haute couture in popular culture suggests that the link between fashion marketing and dolls should be an obvious one. Yet to date this connection has not been adequately interrogated. Peers' original and shrewd analysis fills a major gap in cultural studies by examining the doll's associations with concepts of femininity and fashionability.
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American Culture In The 1950s

Author : Martin Halliwell
ISBN : 9780748628902
Genre : History
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This book provides a stimulating account of the dominant cultural forms of 1950s America: fiction and poetry; theatre and performance; film and television; music and radio; and the visual arts. Through detailed commentary and focused case studies of influential texts and events - from Invisible Man to West Side Story, from Disneyland to the Seattle World's Fair, from Rear Window to The Americans - the book examines the way in which modernism and the cold war offer two frames of reference for understanding the trajectory of postwar culture. The two core aims of this volume are to chart the changing complexion of American culture in the years following World War II and to provide readers with a critical investigation of 'the 1950s'. The book provides an intellectual context for approaching 1950s American culture and considers the historical impact of the decade on recent social and cultural developments.
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As Seen In Vogue

Author : Daniel Delis Hill
ISBN : 0896726169
Genre : Art
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Looks at the history of women's fashion advertising in Vogue magazine from the 1890s to the 1990s.
Category: Art