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Fashion of '40s – the Revolutionary Style of the Post-War Epoch

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Fashion of The epoch of '40s of the twenties century turned out to be clearly divided into two parts. The first half of the decade was full of hardships and privation of the war times, while the second half was marked by the real revolution in fashion, to some extent more significant than the revolution done some time back by Coco Chanel.

The revolution if fashion was presented by the famous collection New Look launched by the French couturier Christian Dior which still symbolizes the new hopes of post-war epoch and the role model to that most fashion designers refer from time to time.

World War II fashion

It is apparent that during the war times women could not afford spending incredible amount of money for fashionable clothes for several reasons. First, the oppressive economy when everything possible was saved and which was followed by all countries involved in the war. And the half-starving times had an affect onto the every day life of women with the system of coupons introduced in some countries of Europe and USA, the consumption of clothes and even food was totally controlled. On the top of it, with the purpose to save fabric and fittings in the early 40s, in the high point of the World War II, the USA and Great Britain introduced the special laws that limit the creative ideas of fashion designers. They were charged to launch exclusively practical models and save on fabric.

There is nothing surprising that within a couple of years the most popular piece of clothing in the civil society, leaving aside the army, appeared the military uniform for both men and women. Women wore austere military suits even going out to the cinema or restaurant emphasizing the adherence to the army and showing the willingness to scarify everything for the sake of victory.

On June 1, 1941 the Great Britain initiated the system of coupons that has to do with the clothes.  The similar system was practiced in USA in 1942. The government of Great Britain seeking to the profit-proved consumption of materials freezed usage of unwanted decorations and embroidery, buttons, pockets and even thread!

The British designers had to do strictly in the frame of the program of the war economy, though there were talented individuals who managed to meet the requirements of women regarding fashionable clothes during hard days. This resulted in the special military collection that included 34 pieces of clothing, economical from point of view of production and later approved by the Ministry of Trade of Great Britain.

The clothes presented by British designers went after the total trend of minimalism stipulated by war times: the shoulders were rigorous and square, skirts were short to use minimum of fabric. Creating such apparel, the designers would save on every detail, even on buttons the quantity of which was minimized to three. Women suits and dresses got rid of cuffs.

New epoch and New Look

February 12, 1947 became the remarkable day for the world of fashion. Christian Dior launched his first collection of women wear spring-summer 1947 at the Christian Dior salon on Montaigne Avenue. Two lines of wear earlier presented by Dior were called Corolla and Eight and the collections went down in the history as New Look thanks to Carmel Snow heading the legendary Harper’s Bazaar. She clearly and to the point described the collection as the new look and, thus, she became the one who created the legendary New Look concept.

New looks presented by Christian Dior strikingly differed from the scrupulous minimalism of war period with all those puffy long skirts, accentuated beauty of breasts, thin line of waist – the classic silhouette of hour-glass enhanced to the elegant maximum.

Such extravagant and unreasonable consumption of fabric by Christian Dior, in view of the majority of people, resulted in the real scandal when the government of USA and Great Britain spitefully slated unpractical works by Dior. In spite of this, plenty of admirers of clothes by Dior did not give up and in the soonest time even the members of royal families appeared in clothes from New Look collection. New Look collection marked the end of war economy period and Dior was followed by other European fashion designers who also tended to create something feminine and pleasing to eyes.

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