Board 18: Optimism and Youth 1947-1963 THE/WGS 275
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Taken from a Sears catalog in 1960. The tops have a very loose, rectangular shape to mask a pregnant midsection. Skirts in this advertisement are described to have "cut-out and tie front; back kick pleat."
1958, white satin and embroidered nylon tulle. Made by the brides mother who not only made the wedding dress but also made the bridesmaids dresses and caps and her own dress and cap. “The dress had a mandarin collar, fitted bodice, tapered sleeves, and four rows of lace over a satin slip. We attached sequins for some sparkle.” The wedding only cost a little over $200.
Model: Nan Rees; Mademoiselle, 1952; wasp waist with a full skirt or a pencil skirt. the waistline was natural and there was a variety of waistbands and belts. there seems to be more instances of a hidden waistline via a loose/untucked top, cardigan, or jacket/coat. Source: Mademoiselle magazine (Primary); The Huffington Post (Secondary)
Black silk form-fitting sheath, embellished all over w/ black jet bugle beads in zig-zag patterns, couture made, label "Don Loper Custom Made Eartha Kitt July 13, 1954 Special", B 32", W 23", H 34", L 58.5", (bead losses on shouler straps & near seams, some partially missing bead lines, jet beads easily replaced) very good. Lot includes photograph from "Ebony" of Eartha Kitt & this dress. In 1954 American designer Don Loper created Ms. Kitt's complete wardrobe for '54.
These belts are from 1953 and are made with ribbon, elastic and leather
Reds and rouge weren't as popular in the 50s. Liquid foundations were becoming more popular. Pink lipstick was also the new thing. Winged eyeliner became popular as well. Eyebrows slightly darker than their natural shade and minimal shadow.
Details: Knee length black knit dress from around the late 50's to the early 60's. Red trim on the waist, pockets, and the collar. It has a center back length of about 38 inches. Source: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/womans-dress-551419
1955. Sculptor Claire Falkenstein. Made with folded sheet silver and bent silver wire.
An American wool skirt by Charles James. 1947-1948. Met Museum.
This necklace was made in France during the 1950's, and is made out of metal, stones and pearls. During this time period it was popular to wear jewelry made of jewels and made of pearls. It was also common to wear jewelry that combined pearls with other elements, like it was done with this necklace. It's part of the collection of The Met.