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Ladies fashion of the 1950s

Join author and fashion historian, Nicole Jenkins for a colourful illustrated talk on this most glamorous and elegant of decades.

After WW2, women were thrilled to ditch the austere fashions of ‘make do and mend’ and rationing. When Christian Dior introduced his 19th century inspired silhouettes in 1947, serious grown-up glamour was back in style. Dior’s pastel ‘flower’ women, with nipped in waists and hourglass figures (supported by corsetry), set the tone for the next decade and more.

The 1950s saw a return to femininity. Skirts were big and swished with layers of crinoline petticoats. Busts and hips were padded to emphasise tiny waists. The decade started with long skirts, that became progressively shorter as the decade went on, and the post-war ‘baby boomers’ started to create their own ideas of fashion. In between some of the 20th century’s greatest couturiers fought for dominance: Balenciaga created sculptural couture and Chanel returned with her famous ‘cardigan suit’. And let’s not forget the iconic sports and leisurewear we still love today.

Monday 30 August, 7pm-8pm


Suitable for adults and teens aged 13 and over. Free event and bookings are essential.

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