- By Alison Behnke

The Little Black Dress and Zoot Suits: Depression and Wartime Fashions from the 1930s to the 1950s

  • Title: The Little Black Dress and Zoot Suits: Depression and Wartime Fashions from the 1930s to the 1950s
  • Author: Alison Behnke
  • ISBN: 9780761358923
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Little Black Dress and Zoot Suits Depression and Wartime Fashions from the s to the s What would you have worn if you lived during the s s and s It depends on who you were Most American women in the depression era made their own daywear including printed floral dresses a

    What would you have worn if you lived during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s It depends on who you were Most American women in the depression era made their own daywear, including printed floral dresses and slim skirts and blouses In wartime the government rationed fabrics, so women often remade men s suits into simple outfits For 1930s high fashion, nothing beat Coco ChaneWhat would you have worn if you lived during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s It depends on who you were Most American women in the depression era made their own daywear, including printed floral dresses and slim skirts and blouses In wartime the government rationed fabrics, so women often remade men s suits into simple outfits For 1930s high fashion, nothing beat Coco Chanel s women s suit a slim, straight skirt with a matching boxy jacket For a classy evening, men donned black tuxedos and velvet smoking jackets Casual wartime fashions brought the colorful Hawaiian shirt and khaki trousers into men s closets Sailor suits also became popular for men Latino and African American men brought the oversized zoot suit into the mainstream for men of the 1940s The 1950s saw a shocking development the two piece, navel exposing bikini for women and swimming trunks for men In the postwar boom era, young men either went tough rolled up jeans, white t shirts, and leather boots and jackets or preppy a sweater vest and sport coat over casual trousers And young bobby soxer girls of the 1950s couldn t go wrong with white ankle socks, a pink poodle skirt, and matching sweater set.

    1 thought on “The Little Black Dress and Zoot Suits: Depression and Wartime Fashions from the 1930s to the 1950s

    1. It's not that this wasn't a good book, it's just that I am not as interested in the clothing from 1930-1959 as I am in the clothing of past centuries.Beautiful photographs, though.A lot of fashion designers, a lot of celebrities - both of which I find boring.

    2. When this book popped up on NetGalley from Lerner, I was all over it. 40s fashion is usually how I like to dress when dressing fancy, simply because the styles were geared towards a more curvaceous body (which is what I have). Plus they had some awesome hair. So now there's a book that highlights all of the great moments in war time fashion? Yes, please!This isn't a book with a plot; it's just something that's nice and informational about the clothing and general style of the era. From the hair [...]

    3. To look at me, one would believe I have no interest in fashion. I would normally agree but there is something about clothing from another time that just captivates me. I drooled and dreamed my way through the 60 some pages of Little Black Dress.If I had to guess, I would say this is juvenile non-fiction based on the length of this book but Alison Marie Behnke does not dumb down this information. I was a little disappointed to find there was no pronunciation guide at the end. So many designers an [...]

    4. From: Twenty-First Century BooksReceived Via: NetGalley For me, reading a good book hooks you till you finish it whatever topic it maybe. That experience happened to me a few minutes ago while I was reading this book. I'm not that interested in Fashion but, I have a lot of fashion designer friends when I attended art school and sometimes we couldn't avoid the topic. Still, with all the talk and the jargons I was hearing I'm often left clueless on some parts of the conversation. Guess I have to r [...]

    5. I got an advanced copy from Netgalley. This was a well-done and well-researched book on the fashion and hairstyles of men and women from the 1930s - 1950s. It is really amazing how much of the fashion from these eras influenced how we dress today. Things such as blue jeans, khakis, crew cuts, the "preppy" look, leather jackets and tshirts, bikinis, and fedoras are still used today. The author has a detailed bibliography at the end of the book, as well as suggested reading and websites, and films [...]

    6. (thank you netgalley :D)I KNEW I'd love this book, but I LOVED THIS BOOK.I'm a total historical fashion junkie. I devour old vogue patterns, and have gotten light-headed over finding boxes of old patterns at garage sales.There was nothing to not like about this book except that I wanted MORE.The pics were fun, the info was good, but not overwhelming. It covered everything from hairstyles, to everyday clothes, to the really, really, fun stuff.I love how the information on the clothing was integra [...]

    7. a fun book with every fashionable style of the WWs. i loved the back ground on why they would use more and less fabric at certain times and how women in the workforce changed fashion. also loved the hairstyles. i wish there had been more pictures, as sometimes a look was referenced and not shown, but the pictures in the book were great. very cool book for the blooming fashionista!

    8. This book features more text and less photos than I would like to see. While it's great for chronology and as an accompaniment to photo searches, it often describes a look without ever showing examples. If you know fashion well enough to picture those things and place them on a timeline, the text alone will suffice, but someone new to looking at an era would benefit from additional images.

    9. This book is a concise introduction to vintage fashion and the culture that produced it. In just over 50 pages, it covers three decades of history and fashion, so don't expect lots of details and new information, but it's a great starting place and has lovely pictures.

    10. When I requested this book from the library, I didnt realize it was a children's book. Despite the short page count, there was still great information and plenty of photos to make this an enjoyable lunch read.

    11. Excellent series about historical dress. I liked that it showed what the dress was for all classes of life.I would recommend.

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