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Women's Fashions


Women's Fashions 1939-1959

50s Fashion
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The World WAR II fashion came at a time when America was forced to look inward for fashion rather than inspiration from the outside world. Previously America looked to Europe, specifically France, for their fashion ideas and dictates. During World War II America was cut off from the outside world and had to look inward for inspiration. From the inspiration of the times came a mix of practicality and style, clothes were made that were less costly and more durable because of the ban on certain fabrics. Also, they were starting to be designed for the increasing number of women in the workforce.

40's dress
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Information by Rachel Carter.

Information contributed by Rachel Carter, Toni Crocilla, Priscilla Gregory, and Tricia Malovey.

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