img. Straw hat, designed by Simone Mirman, London, 1959. Hat with an oatmeal straw crown extending into vibrant green straw, and accented with pyramidal knots of green straw. Victoria and Albert Museum CC-BY via Europeana.
From the curatorial effort of the EU project 1950s in Europe Kaleidoscope, every week on Friday there’s a new set of carefully selected photographs to be explored on the project’s website.
Today we present “Fifties fashion, eternally stylish”.
Immediately after World War II, ladies’ fashion saw a return from the more severe, fitted silhouettes of the past decades to a more feminine, flowing style. Next to full skirts covering lavish petticoats, tight waists and sloping shoulders were typical of this silhouette, which remained dominant throughout the decade. The mini skirts and dresses, such as those designed by pioneer Mary Quant, would take over the reign in the 1960s. Until 16 February 2020, Quant is featured in a groundbreaking exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum, London. A small selection of 1950s dresses from the same museum is on display in our Kaleidoscope showcase.