Trends In Fashion In The 50's

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“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening” (Chanel). Beginning in the 1950s, America 's world was drastically changed. It was the time of the Post War Era and with the changing economy, politics, and society, it brought the change of fashion. The fashion world for teens and women in the 50’s was changed drastically with new innovations that shaped the styles of today; these innovations was caused by an economic boom, teenage independence, and a new found comfortability in women 's clothing. The end of the 40’s and World War II brought a newer and better economy to the United States. Their economy was booming. Women were…show more content…
Since televisions were becoming an extremely common entertainment in people’s homes, it was insanely easier to follow new fashion trends and with prices of clothing down, women and teenagers could follow and copy trends. The two most iconic trendsetters for women of the 50’s were Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. Monroe had one of the most copied looks of this era. Since this was a time of showing off a woman’s figure, she was admired by most because she did just that. She was a sex icon of her time and women followed her trend of showing off their figures. Audrey Hepburn was another major icon of the 50’s. “I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people 's minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing” (Hepburn). Women admired and copied Hepburn 's look because she had the femininity and glamour women wanted, but she also had her own personal style. She was influential on the fashion world and was a muse to designer Givenchy. Slip on loafers, boat neck tops, and cropped black jeans, were made popular by Hepburn. Other icons for women were Babe Paley and Bettie Paige. Bettie Page was the original “Pin Up” of the 50’s because of her figure hugging clothes and the femininity that women desired. Babe Paley especially inspired women, with her mix of high and low fashion, the image she created was immensely wanted and copied during this time. The fashion industry for teens was influenced and created differently than that of
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