Political and Social Influence on Fifties Fashions
The fashions they wore were followed in frenzy across America- and the world- in the 1950s and continue to influence designers today.
Recently spotted on the runways of Alexander McQueen, Luca Luca and
Chanel were cuts and tailorings that paid homage to the Golden Era.
Designers today continue to copy the trends in
respect and awe of the irony of the decade and its Fashion. For each
refined style designed in this period, the country experienced a
radical social change.
But the careless, sloppy outlook on finance was covered up on
the catwalks with conservative, knee-length skirt and high-necked
However, this trend had to wait as new artificial fabrics were developed that kept the clothing close.
Fabrics like Nylon were
used generously in sportswear, lingerie and socks allowing
form-fitting clothing with more elasticity and staying power.
Nothing could illustrate the paradox between conservative social mores and the new social awareness of young people, like the Rock n‘ Roll attitude in fashion that burst onto the runways in the 1950s.
Flaunting sex and raw energy in the styles of rock stars like Elvis Presley and film stars like James Dean directly conflicted the sexual attitudes of the era.
Women were still expected to remain virgins until marriage and it was illegal to sell or use birth control in most states.
Yet rebellious looks of tight
t-shirts and denim jeans rocked the runways and the teen magazines-
building a generation gap that has yet to be filled.
Teenagers were identified as a separate group- differentiated from their parents and younger siblings with their own style and tastes and marketing value.
attitude toward society created a generation gap that has yet to be
This was the time in which a respect for the Past (shown in the classic pill box hat and short white gloves worn by ladies who lunch and Presidents’ Wives)- melted with the new sexy Cheesecake fashions (seen on every young Hollywood starlet).
When the desirable Housewife look (doll-like frilly aprons around nip-waisted skirts) walked hand-in-hand with the outright rebellious Rock look worn by these housewives’ children.
It is this
highly complex and thrilling social abundance of styles that
ricocheted on the runways past and continues to dominate on the
catwalks of present.
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