The History Of Fashion. The Victorian Era To The 1960s Styles
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The History of Fashion. The Victorian Era to the 1960s Styles.
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The Roaring 20s
Never has there been such a major change in style as in the 1920s. Women went from waist length hair to the ultra short bobbed hairstyles, skirts went from angle length to knee length, and the fitted dresses were out for the decade. The 1920s fashions are forever remembered for the shapeless, boyish silhouette, the bee stung lipstick design, and the rolled down stockings.
1920s Evening Dress
Typical 1920s evening dress. Louise Brooks, the model of the 1920s, is seen here wearing an evening dress shaped in the fashionable dropped waist style. The dress is slightly longer than what women typically wore throughout the daytime and the shoulders are exposed.
1920s fashions could have an elegance, charm and artistic appearance, however, in reality it was not a really flattering search for the common woman. Only well proportioned models akin to Louise Brooks really looked good wearing a dress that truly distorts the female shape.
The marriage dresses of the royal family in England are often displayed for posterity and viewing the beautiful dresses from the early 1800s to modern times is a breathtaking experience. The one oddity is the dress that the Queen mother wore in the 1920s. The Queen was no fashion model and she looked positively dowdy in her 1920s wedding gown, and stands out amongst all the opposite royal dresses and the shapeless potato sack.
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Ladies of the 1920s
The stylish hats, long beads and the lack of waistline. These ladies were in fashion. The dropped waist gives the illusion of a long body and short legs, and can cause a woman of some extra pounds to look down right fat. The lady second to the left is most definitely wearing a dress she is well fitted to. The 1930s were just across the bend and normal waistlines would came back into style, as well as an overall more tailored dress.
Actress Louise Brooks with a really 1920s Pageboy and Flapper Hat
Jean Harlow with 1930s Finger Wave
Jean Harlow and the 1930s Fashion
Within the 1930s, fashions became more sophisticated and elegant. Skirt lengths dropped to the ankles once again. The evening dresses were very much influence by blond bombshell, Jean Harlow. Jean wore clingy,curve hugging satin. The large difference between the Victorian women’s fashions and the 1930s, was the absence of restrictive undergarments. In the 30s women weren’t all wearing brassieres yet, and a tank vest was worn, giving the most natural silhouette in women’s fashions ever.
Hairstyles weren’t as short because the had been within the 1920s, and the finger wave was growing in popularity. The 1930s fashions were more feminine that that they had been in the 20s. The overall look was soft, feminine and glamorous. It was like a modernized Victorian era. When one looks at the hairstyle of a Victorian, there are piles of waves that graduate into curls, and the 30s, had the same idea, but shorter and more coiffured. The suits and dresses were fitted, with evening dresses often featuring a train.
Slinky and Feminine were the 1930s
The elegant evening gown above is typical of 1930s fashion. Silk was a preferred fabric that largely come into vogue when Jean Harlow, made her appearance in movies, mostly playing the part of a glamorous, spoiled woman. The “train” finally came back into style after being out of fashion for thirty years. Trains were just for evening wear in the 1930s and weren’t as grand as that they had been in the Victorian era.
The 1940s are sometimes called the prettiest era in women’s fashion without being the impracticality of the Victorian era. The styles were ultra feminine, with fitted waistlines and slightly flared skirts. The shapes of the 1940s dresses are probably the most universally flattering to the female form that now we have ever seen. Hem lengths were slightly below the knee, being the perfect length for most women of any weight and height.
Through the daytime women wore fitted suits or dresses and in the evening, gowns of a slightly longer length of taffeta and satin were the most typical rich fabrics that symbolized the 1940s fashions.
1950s Wide Skirt Dress
Fashions of the 50s
Fashion within the 1950s went from the ultra feminine 40s to a slightly more all the way down to earth look that consisted of fuller skirts, spiky heels, and shorter hair styles. 1950s fashion is considered today, to be the final word classic look. The decade of the 1950s is by far the era that stands out as the most nostalgic, and treasured era. White gloves were still being worn by ladies throughout the daytime, and the 50s was the first decade to see hats begin to lose popularity. They were still a serious fashion statement, but there was a movement of youngsters who were hatless, and would stay that way.
Young girls began to wear a casual ponytail that didn’t work well with a hat, and among the young men wore the DA hairstyle of Elvis Presley that was a “cool” statement in itself.
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The style of the 50’s. Women wore full skirts and fitted jackets with pointed toe shoes. Men wore coservative charcoal grey suits with penny loafers.
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Fashion from the 70s. It was the era of Farrah Fawcett feathered hair, short shorts, huge afros, leisure suits, wide ties, and the dry look.
The 1960s Fashions
The 1960s was a very transitional decade for fashion. The ever present ladies hat was still a blonde princess wig staple of fashion within the very early 60s, but almost completely disappeared by the mid 1960s. The beehive, and bouffant hairstyles may have helped push the treasured hats out of style. Ladies suits of the early 60s were boxy, with the jacket being straight and waistless, and pencil skirts falling a few inches below the knee. Suddenly the mod look and the hippie fashions began to disrupt everything. The mini skirt was introduced at the identical time as loud colors, and stringy hair. By the end of the 60s fashions for both men and women were basically to do the opposite of what was considered traditional. The 60s are considered to be the beginning of the top of real fashion and style. It was anything goes by 1969.
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sendingCarla J Behr 4 years ago from NW PA
fascinating!! I loved your hub from start to finish!!
vibesites 4 years ago from United States
I love reading your hub, educational and entertaining. Utterly fascinated by the transition of fashion and clothing throughout the decades. Lots of those styles are slowly coming back in today’s fashion, there are even some elements of the Victorian style seen within the dresses of many celebrities. Voted and awesome, beautiful, interesting. 🙂
Michala Salazar 4 years ago from the EARTH
Beautiful! There may be just something so elegant about the clothing of our past.
Kristy LeAnn 4 years ago from Princeton, WV
Cool article. 🙂 I really like seeing how fashion has changed throughout the years and i’ve always been particularly fascinated with the changes that happened within the 1920s…up until then people were SO covered up…it was quite a change. 🙂
I love many of the styles you posted here, Skarlet. The hourglass is so perfectly beautiful, but I love the roaring 20’s look with the loose style. Harlow certainly knew how you can define a style, didn’t she The corset was a body cast! Great read and voted up.
AuthorSkarlet 4 years ago from California
Carol777- Thank you to your visit, and the kudos. I actually enjoy writing on this subject.
Gypsy48-The Victorian and 40s are my favorites too. I need to return to that point too. In case you learn how, let me know:)
PegCole17-I do know what you mean. I have found a few treasures too. The colours and shapes are so different than what we’ve today that they stand out all the best way from the back of the store.
Hi billybuc- Thanks so much, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Those corsets are scary. Definitely not the best thing to wear to McDonalds, but I did get married in a modern one, and somehow ate numerous cake, pasta, chicken, and wandered around searching for more things to eat. So, it did not stop anything.
fpherj48 – Thank you for the compliment, and the vote up. I’m with you on this. I actually think it can be good for us to dress. Wearing schlep clothes all the time gets boring. I also love the forties because I watched a variety of old movies growing up and its form of like I know those people.
I actually do wear a modern 40s style in business and when going out. I find it irresistible.
Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York
Skarlet….This was fun! I have to say that Victorian is my favorite. I’d love it if we dressed like that now…even every so often. I’ve always thought the ’40’s was fantastic. I believe there are 2 reasons for this….I thoroughly enjoy the old classic films and the fashion reminds me of my mother in all of the old Black and White photos I have of her as a young woman. All of the women of the ’40’s were dressed so well….and included gloves, a hat and handbag!! Seamed stockings! I even like the way in which they wore their make-up and the ’40’s hair styles.
We are able to actually dress ’40’s style today and pull it off quite well.
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