Most people know what silhouette to think of when the fifties are mentioned; narrow waists and full petticoat skirts. But where did this look came from? It was in fact quite different from the slim shapes fashionable during the forties. And what did WW II have to do with it?
|A sketch of the 1947 New Look|
Dior developed a stiff synthetic net used to fill out his skirts, widely known as "Dior Net". The overknee petticoat (r)emerged from this underskirt and was worn daily by most women in the fifties. And while the majority found the new silhouette a symbol of prosperity, a few saw the physical restrictions and requirements of fashion as a return to a less active role for women. But in general, women embraced the new sophisticated design, and eagerly expanded their wardrobes collecting an outfit for every social occasion.
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