The 1950s was the first decade when American fashion became truly American. The United States had always relied on Europe for its style leads, but during World War II, when necessity became the mother of invention, the country had to find its own way. American designers looked to what American women needed and found new inspirations for American fashion design. Sportswear became a strength, but not at the expense of elegance. Easy wear materials were borrowed for producing more formal clothes, and versatile separates and adaptable dress and jacket suits became hallmarks of American style. This book follows the American fashion industry, from New York's 7th Avenue to the beaches of California in search of the clothes that designed 1950s American fashion.
Table of Contents
Origins of the American Fashion Industry The American Look -High Fashion Designers and Manufacturers of High Fashion Off the Rack -From Seventh Avenue to Hollywood Designers and Manufacturers of Everyday Fashions Tops and Bottoms -Americna Hats and Shoes Further Reading Index