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1940s : Fashions of a Resourceful Decade
We've got a 1920s thread, a thirties thread, and, most recently, a 1960s thread, so the forties had to be covered at some point!

Helpful resources for information and photographs:

- Fashion-Era
- Wikipedia
- LoveToKnow

- The 1940's streetstyle thread

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As you probably know, the fashions of the 1940s were greatly affected by World War II, which is why I chose "resourceful" to describe the decade. Here's an article from LoveToKnow discussing the general trends of the time:

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Overview: Women’s Fashion in the 1940s
The 1940s saw two distinctive styles in women’s clothing. From the beginning of World War II in 1939 till the dawn of the New Look in 1947, women’s dresses were knee-length and featured padded shoulders – one of the few adornments in clothing that was otherwise simple, thanks to wartime rationing. Sportswear became more common and women used a lot of ingenuity in mixing separates to make a wardrobe seem more diverse than it was. Homemade accessories and elaborate curls allowed women to show their flair without expense or waste. Hats, especially made from fabrics recycled from older pieces, went wild.

Silhouettes were austere, but even in suits or factory overalls, curls and bright lipstick kept the look feminine. With jackets shorter, the peplum became hugely popular, helping to narrow the hips while showing off a trim waist. Clothes were simple and practical, but women still managed to look attractive even during the hardest days of the war.

With the war over and materials available again, the Paris couturiers, who had been sidelined during the occupation of France, once again took the fashion helm. Christian Dior pioneered the New Look, which featured a nipped waist, longer lengths and fuller skirts, with yards and yards of fabric used and a more classically feminine image created. The women who had come to love the simplicity of the wartime styles protested, but this time, Paris won.

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From 1944 Vogue.

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Hardware Jewellery
ca. 1940 Necklace
35 bobby pins on a metal plated chain



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In an ingenious and witty demonstration that an artistís imagination need not be limited by a lack of expensive materials, Anni Albers and BMC student Alex Reed designed and created Hardware Jewelry using humble utilitarian objects available at any hardware store. In 1946, these pieces were included in a show titled Handmade Jewelry at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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brass grommets on black cotton cord



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brass grommets on length of chamois



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this one by Albers and Reed...
ca. 1940

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Aluminum strainer, paper clips, and chain. 10.8 x 8 cm (4-1/4 x 3-1/8 inches)


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washers and grosgrain ribbon


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washers and grosgrain ribbon


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Yellow jersey shirt and plaid pleated skirt by Carolyn Schnurer; sailor cap by Schuessler; jewelry by Coro.
Photographer: Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Date Photographed: August 1, 1949
Location Information: New York, New York, USA

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