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So, now while I’m siting in my hotel rest room and waiting for a car to take me to model casting,I though that it would be great to write an article about old (second word war) fashion! Yes,it’s very strange but also so luxury and resourceful!
This, already the sixth running fashion
exhibition, organized by the Lithuanian Art Museum and the fashion historian
Alexandre Vassiliev, is dedicated to this extraordinary and interesting
era. From the collection of Alexandre Vassiliev.
Satin evening gown,glass bead and glitter embroidery.Fashion house LANVIN.Paris,1940 |From the wordrobe of pop dancer Orloff.
Fashion, in all its beauty, has always mirrored changes in history. All political, economic and cultural events, social upheavals and wars have always been splendidly reflected in the fashion styles of the time. One of the humankind’s most dramatic periods in modern history was the Second World War, which afterwards was followed by a more or less peaceful period and baby-boom, accompanied by post war flourishing economy in Western Europe and the USA.
Ladie’s fashion accessories in the wartime-the 1940s.Fur hat;kerchief Maggy Rouff,Paris;handbags;gloves-embroidered,suede,knitwear(France);black shoes;perfume,Lucien Lelong,Paris;bracelet;brooches;cigarette-case;glasses.
Tulle ball gown with appliques and glitter decoration,Fashion house Jacques Heim.Paris,ca.1955
Tulle ball gown with velvet applique and glitter embroidery,fashion house Regine.Casablanca,Morocco, 1950-1953
War time depression made women change their visual image. Military style in ladies’ fashion dressing showed in elements of military uniforms (epaulets, large buttons and belts), shoulder padding and the usage of dense fabrics. The new silhouette with skirts’ hemlines creeping up, thick-soled platform shoes, high and extravagant headwear, bright colour lipsticks and hair nets, all-in-all, composed modest, but effective and stylish arsenal to fashion ladies’ advantage.
Paris – the fashion capital of the world was occupied by the Nazis and many fashion houses were closed down. Alongside clothing designed by several fashion houses which managed to survive during occupation, such as Lanvin, Nina Ricci, Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, the exhibition showcases outfits for top movie stars of the 1940s, created by unknown talented tailors.
In the year 1947 Paris celebrated the opening of a new fashion house Christian Dior. Dior led fashion out the austerity of wartime and stirred up the fashion world by introducing an extravagant silhouette, called The New Look. The new design embodied sexiness, femininity and gracefulness. The image of a woman now was similar to a beautiful, fragrant rose in full blossom. Alongside the Haute Couture fashion dresses created by Christian Dior the exhibition showcases also fashion dresses of his outstanding rivals in the field of fashion design, such as Pierre Balmain, Jacques Fath, Jacques Griffe, Huber de Givenchy, Madame Gres and else.
Ladie’s accessories in the 1950s.Hats madam jane,Paris;Mr.individual,Melbourne,Austealia;Bes Ben,Chicago;Rose Valois;High heeled leather shoes Savarin Royal Modell,England;handbag with woolen thread embroidery and metallic fittings,USA.Wooden handbag,powder cases,Worth,Bourjois,Lubin.
The new post war fashion was particularly welcomed by men; it facilitated the baby-boom style. Haute Couture trends of the time are: a big bust, a wasp waist and a lower hipline. Due to the success of chemical industry new fabrics, such as caprone, nylon and lurex came into daily use and were considered as commonplace materials. The exhibition holds a display of numerous accessories: bibi – small hats adorned with flowers, cat’s-eye sunglasses, plastic bags and extremely high heeled shoes. The photos of such top movie stars as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Gina Lollobrigida and Sophie Lorain help create the overall impression about the modern and glamorous makeup and hairstyles of the time.
ladie’s fashion accessories for cocktail party in the 1950s.Corsaze,Rome.Parfume,Lanvin.
Ladie’s fashion accessories from first half of the 1920′s.Shoes,leather bag,bead embroidered bags;head ornamented with beads;hair brush;gloves,ivory tongs for gloves ;photo of the Ukrainian film actress Nathalie Kovanko.
Ladie’s accessories from interwar period. Brocade dress,Great Britain;a sunshade,1925;hats from the feather and horsehair;powder boxes;a knitted shirt blouse,Constantinople ;handbags;an artificial pearl necklace, a brooch.
The exhibition “From War to Peace. The Fashion of the 1940s and 1950s” will create nostalgic feelings and let the visitors think about the post war days which were so tough, yet full of happiness.
Thank you all ,dear visitors we’re waiting for comments,shares,likes and of course your opinion in our mail Theageofcharm@gmail.com
With Love, Agota Jakutyte
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