Most of us are familiar with Lucille Ball in the 1950’s classic TV Show, I Love Lucy. Her curly red hair, bright red lips and feminine sense of style won America over and still has a huge fan base to this day.
The look first debuted in 1947 at the hands of French designer, Christian Dior and was referred to as none other than the “New Look.”
This “new look” showcased full skirts, tiny waists and rounded shoulders. Dior’s collections ultimately led to the revival of the corset and led to women embracing femininity again.
Dior believed that women were fed up with the military like uniforms that were adopted in the the war years and according Beth Duncuff Charleston from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “After years of military and civillian uniforms, sartorial restrictions and shortages, Dior offered not merely a new look, but a new outlook.”
While Dior’s designs were more intricate and detailed, the concept behind it all was feminine fabrics, details, highlighted waists and fuller skirts creating a look we all refer to now as 50s fashion.
Although the 50s silhouettes disappeared for awhile, they are bouncing back this season and are being accepted with open arms.
The January issue of American Elle showcased Lucille Ball and her television style, which the magazine encouraged women to translate into work wear.
The fashion house of Dior paid homage to Christian Dior’s “New Look” by recreating those famous silhouettes in their Spring 2012 Haute Couture show in Paris. The fashion house added a modern touch to their original look with see-through fabrics and snake skin accessories. All of Dior’ frocks this season were full-skirted and nipped in the waist, just as they had been in the past.
Keep in mind that just because something is high fashion and shown on a runway doesn’t mean that you can’t encorporate the look into your own wardrobe. Just remember that whenever wearing a full skirt be sure to keep the top fitted and you will be channeling your favorite 50s icon and looking ultra feminine.
This silhouette can be something worn to the office, a dinner party, and of course just around the house. Just because bringing the 50s style back is considered retro, doesn’t mean it is outdated or can’t be worn today.
Some might say that fashion is stagnant, but as designers keep creatively interpreting the past, fashion will continue to evolve. And iconic eras in fashion will continually come back to life.