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THE 1950S LOOK: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO FASHIONS, HAIRSTYLES AND MAKE-UP OF THE 1950S. {Cover title: The 1950s Look: Recreating the Fashions of the Fifties.} Mike Brown. Sabrestorm Publishing, Kent, 2008. 136 pp. with 403 ills. (112 col.). 28 x 23 cm. ISBN 9780955272332 In English.
Publisher's description: This is a book sure to delight designers, social historians and anyone with an interest in this style-defining decade. "The 1950s Look: Recreating the Fashions of the Fifties" takes the reader on a tour of the trends and signature styles of the era - from Audrey Hepburn chic to high school prom queen. Moving forward a decade from his successful book "The 1940s Look", Mike Brown deconstructs the key elements of iconic 50s fashions, as well as shedding light on the origins of many items of clothing now taken for granted on today's high street. Over 144 pages, with more than 300 full color photographs and pictures, readers can learn about the new synthetic wonder fabrics, the Trapeze dress and the Teddy Boys' quiff, pedal pushers and drain pipe trousers. Prime Minister Harold Macmillan famously summed up the mood of the fifties when he told the country: 'you've never had it so good'. Cinched waists and full, layered skirts celebrated femininity and the availability of luxurious fabrics after the restrictions of the previous decade. The success of fashion houses such as Dior signaled the rise of chic Italian and French styling, and this was the decade that denim jeans arrived in the UK from the USA. An eclectic British style began to emerge from these influences, and with it a whole new breed - the teenager.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — Post-1945 — Costume/Fashion
Plans: 73,30
Worldwide Number: 173716
Paperbound $29.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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