Friday, August 29, 2014

Oh, Those Summer Nights!

Summer's nearly over (boo!), and though I'm not ready to give the season up yet, I will admit I'm ready to slow things down and refocus.  As you might've seen from my fewer-and-farther-between posts, the last couple months have been bananas.  Thankfully, the last couple weeks, Kate and I were able to get away and spend some time at the beach.  It's been relaxing, and has given us time to breathe and regroup.  For me, it's finally time for me to move in a new, non-theatrical direction-- I've been hanging on too long, as my idol Duffy croons, and moving into autumn, I'm actually getting excited about trying to find something new.  But before we slide on out of summer, I wanted to share a shoot I did a while back: Grease!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Decades: Finds from the Mid- to Late 1940s

The mid- to late-1940s saw the end of World War II and the beginning of a new world.  For the United States, at least, the late 1940s created a boom in prosperity and, in the fashion world, a sigh of relief as it wriggled its way out of wartime austerity measures.  Skirts got longer, lines got softer, and Dior used fabric as though it was water.  As part of the "New Look," he transformed the shirtdress from wartime utilitarianism to relaxed domesticity, and the trend took hold and didn't let go throughout the 1950s.  The dresses I found for this foray into the mid- to late-'40s (again, as best I can tell!) span the war through the post-war transformation.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Decades: Finds from the Pre-War 1940s

Everyone loves the 1940s, but not everyone agrees on which half. There's the 1940s before World War II, and there's the 1940s after, and as the astounding trauma of the wars changed the world, fashion changed along with it.

Pre-WWII fashion made its way out of the figure-hugging 1930s with stronger shoulders and slim A-line skirts. The war required even stronger shoulders to bear its weight, so utilitarian suits with shorter, fabric-preserving skirts became de rigeur.  But once the war was over, and austerity measures a thing of the past, Christian Dior reinvigorated fashion with his ├╝ber-feminine, fabric-rich New Look of 1947.

The pieces I got to pull for this post span the huge spectrum of the 1940s, one of the most varied decades in fashion history.  Given my love for the 1930s, I really do prefer the early 1940s, but I'm happy to say I found some great dresses from the second half of the decade I'll be showing you next week.  So, how about we jump into the first half of the fab Forties?

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