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The New Look and the Older Woman

The October/November issue of the Vogue Pattern Book was all about the New Look. The opening article, “The Changing Silhouette,” listed major shifts in styles: more naturally shaped shoulders with less padding; a nipped waistline; and an emphasis on the … Continue reading

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Adjusting to the New Look, 1947

For thrifty women who wanted to stay in style, the radical shift in silhouette brought about by the 1947 New Look must have represented a real dilemma.  What to do with all the perfectly good clothes from the recent past … Continue reading

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Lisette Model’s “Woman with Veil,” 1949

You may be forgiven for not knowing the name Lisette Model (pronounced with a long o, as in toe). She hasn’t made it onto the list of those most often cited in the American photographic pantheon. If she is mentioned … Continue reading

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Meeting Madame Eta at FIT

I love archives. Show me a stack of old letters, clippings, and photographs and I get very excited—who knows what treasures might be there? When I discovered that the Hungarian-American designer Eta Hentz (aka Madame Eta) had a small archive … Continue reading

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The New Look and the New Waist Line

The November 1947 issue of Harper’s Bazaar was all about the New Look, that big style shift from the shorter, boxier silhouette of the World War Two era. It is the first time I really grasped the role of fashion … Continue reading

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“Fifth Avenue Likes New Look, but Main Street Does Not”

The new clothing style that emerged after World War Two created an excitement and furor that are hard to imagine today. The New Look symbolized a lot of things—the end to post war austerity, a more feminine silhouette, and the … Continue reading

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Louise Dahl-Wolfe in her Own Words

While many lesser known women photographers have books dedicated to them, there is as of yet no comprehensive biography of Louise Dahl-Wolfe (1895-1989). The only book I have discovered that approaches an overview of her life was written by Dahl-Wolfe … Continue reading

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Maree’s Fashion Cycle

Those who study fashion as consumption try to determine when and for what reason people buy clothes. For a long time, the assumption was that older people tended to buy fewer clothes as they aged. Why? Often they have a … Continue reading

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Alice Times Three, Mother’s Day 1948

Meet a small family dynasty of Alices.  On the right is the grandmother Alice Roberts, in the middle her daughter Alice Roberts Kuhn (mother of the baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn) and on the left is her daughter Alice Kuhn Jr.  … Continue reading

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New York Street Scene, 1949

One of the big generalizations that you will find in fashion history books is that there were only a few acceptable fashion silhouettes for women before the 1960s.  No matter what their body type or personal preference, women donned chemise … Continue reading

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