Larry Aldrich (1906-2001) was an American fashion designer and art collector. In 1927, he started his own label in New York. In 1957, Marie McCarthy was designated head designer. He founded in 1964 the innovative Aldrich Museum for Contemporary Art … Continue reading →
At the end of the Second World War, women are looking for feminity, elegance and chic. Christian Dior responds to this demand in 1947 with the “New look” (name given by Harper’s Bazaar editor Carmel Snow). The “New look” is characterised by … Continue reading →
Anne Fogarty (1919-1980) was an American fashion designer who created feminine and elegant clothes for the woman in domestic life in the 1950’s. From the 1940s to the 1980s, she dressed elegantly and beautifully the women. Anne Fogarty said about … Continue reading →
One of the key pieces of the fifties is the Corolla dress : a tight bust and an oversize petticoat. The French couturier Christian Dior created the Corolla dress ; it belongs to the “New Look” style. In 1954, Dior presented the “H-line” : a silhouette relatively straight from the shoulders to the hips. It was a sheath dress with a scoop neck and a dropped waist. In 1958, Yves Saint Laurent for Dior launched the trapeze dress : a fitted top just under the bust and flared out in a slim A line to the knee.
Besides, during the fifties, the floral, tropical, plaid, polka dot, gingham check and stripe patterns were very used . Another key piece of the 1950s is the shirtwaist dress : a fitted button-down top ending at the waist and a full skirt. The bell shape dress was also a trend in the 50’s : a tailored and fitted bodice and a skirt started at the waist, puffed out around the hips, and then fitted at the calf, creating a bell-shaped skirt.
The American Frances McLaughlin-Gill (1919-2014) was one of the rare female photographers in the 40’s. She was the first female photographer to sign a contract with Vogue in 1943. She said about her work “everyone was wearing beautiful clothes, sitting … Continue reading →
Mark Shaw (1929-1969) was an American fashion and advertising photographer. He shot the most famous celebrities of the fifties such as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly… Besides, he is also known for his photographs of Jacqueline and John F. … Continue reading →