Much has been said about fashion from the forties, one of the best decade from the bygone era. I am yet to meet a fashion enthusiast who does not drool over women's fashion from the 40s. For the uninitiated, here's the low down on what makes Forties Fashion so very fashionable.
Due to World War II fashion and practicality came together perhaps for the first time to create long lasting elegance with limited resources. Until 1947, women wore rather simple knee length dresses with shoulder pads and relied on curlers, red lipsticks and hats made from recycled material to look attractive. To visualize the look think of Kate Beckinsale in Pearl Harbour.
After the end of the War, materials became freely available again and the Parisian couturiers who had been side lined during the occupation of France once again transformed the frugal fashion scene. Christian Dior ushered in the 'New Look' that boasted of full skirts made from yards and yards of luxurious fabrics with nipped waistlines to create a more feminine silhouette.
Fashion in the forties was all about highlighting one's curves. Dresses then were cut for real women with an actual waist and a bottom as opposed to our idea of bones being beautiful in the recent years. This is perhaps what I love the most about the 40s. Every woman looked divine in those fitted pencil skirts and jackets with shoulder pads. If you had the curves, this look highlighted them to the hilt and if you didn't have the curves, the pencil skirt ensured that they were created!
Here are some pictures of beautiful Retro Queens from the Forties.
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