Winter Fashion By Decade- 1940's

We're still getting bombarded with snow and freezing temps here in the Northeast and most of the US. Let's have a look at some fabulous winter fashion from the Forties to keep us inspired! If you have been following this Fashionable History series, you've already seen some amazing winter fashion from the 1920's and 1930's.

These smart ladies have fur lined coats and berets. I really love this classic look.

Sometimes though, we need to up the glamour factor. Fur chubbies became popular, especially those wide shoulders and sleeves.

I want to look like this when I go ice skating.

I love this look. Knitted items like this were very popular, especially with complete matching sets including hats, muffs, and purses. 

Can we discuss these boots? This lady has it all- large fur muff, caplet with a hood, and a wool suit dress suit. Bring on the snow! 


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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Back To The Future

Bobbins: Photographer John Rawlings

John Rawlings was one of the most prolific fashion photographers of the Mid-Century. In a career spanning from the 1930's through the 1960's he shot over 200 covers for Vogue and Glamour. He experimented with light, color, and shadow much like his contemporaries at the time (Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, and Hoyningen-Heune) but unlike them, he brought a truly American sensibility to his photos. This became one of the smartest moves Conde-Nast would make helping define the American look in fashion over several decades. 

These are some of my favorites. It was really hard to choose! 

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Retro Dalgalar

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.


I love this spread from the May 2012 issue of Vogue Turkey! Retro swimwear is shot 1940's style. I love all of these looks! Which one is your favorite? 

Model: Juju Ivanyuk
Photographer: Luciana Val and Franco Musso







via: fashiongonerogue.com

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Under Your Spell

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.

I love the rolled faux bags and make-up in this Forties inspired editorial from the Spring 2012 issue of Canada's Dress to Kill Magazine.

Model: Ryan
Photographer: Shayne Laverdiere 




That dress! 


Source: fashiongonerogue.com

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Miu Miu Fall 2011

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.
Miu Miu sent 1940 looks down her latest runway for Fall 2011. Broad heavily padded shoulders and narrow skirts. I loved the angled lines mixed with soft furs, the large coin purses and the sunglasses.
Here are my favorites:







Images via style.com.



Retro Looks In The Modern World: Gaultier Couture 2010

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.
Gaultier's Couture runway shown in Paris a few weeks ago was heavily influenced by the 1940's. Strong shoulders, femme fatales, and sculptured hats ruled.





Dita!

Dita again in the finale showstopper!

Bombshells: Alfred Eisenstaedt's Rockefeller Gals

German American photojournalist, Alfred Eisenstaedt, is probably most well known for the V-Day in Times Square photo above. An iconic image we all know and love. Awhile back I came across this photo series from Eisenstaedt featuring everyday ladies in Rockefeller Center in 1944 for LIFE magazine. I love their flirty dresses!

Bobbins: Veils

I've always been fascinated with vintage hats with veils and the glamorous mysterious effect they have. . Certainly there are many religious origins to the veil, think Catholic Nuns and Muslim Burqas. There is also the wedding ritual where brides wear veils ( like the gorgeous one above) to represent their virginity, a tradition that still carries on with meaning or not. There is also the somewhat old fashioned use of black veils at funerals worn by widows and those in high mourning. But where does that leave us in the fashion world where wearing a veil is a choice not a societal standard?

Let's have a look:

In Victorian and Edwardian times, large veiled hats were popular to keep sun off of the face and dust out of your eyes while riding in an automobile. Practical and pragmatic.

Bette Davis in the 1940's. Veils are worn by glamorous women. They define a lady's space and separate them from the common woman.

In the 1950's a lady never went out without a hat and her gloves.

Veils attached to fancy cocktail hats were an option for formal occasions.

Another image from the 1950's when wearing fashion veils peaked.

Sophisticated, mysterious, refined, and very lady like.

Modern times. Veils make a come back for a glamorous night out. Drew Barrymore is stunning in her birdcage veil at the Grey Gardens premiere.


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