In the 1950’s most of peoples possessions, including clothing, were still passed on or recycled as part of the ‘make do and mend’ culture that had become a necessity throughout the Second World War. However this decade marked the end of rationing and the resulting economic growth inevitably led to an increase in consumerism. After years of hardship ordinary people suddenly had time, money and enthusiasm to put into re-inventing the post war world, and fashion was an important part of this.Clothes for the average working person became more readily available, there was a surge in the availability of materials and patterns to make your own, but most importantly mass production ‘off the peg’ clothing became available at prices that allowed most people access to latest fashionable styles.The baby boom led to a high demand for children’s clothing. Some styles of children’s clothes sought to include fashion ideas that were making their way into the youth and even adult styles. Dresses were the most popular item of clothing for women and girls, three tiered dresses with a bolero cardigan were popular for younger girls. Little boys were dressed in brightly coloured shorts, tartan shirts and stripy T-shirts, not clothing generally considered suitable for grown men but the change in attitudes towards fashion evident by the use of colour.Youth fashion, well teenage fashion as we would call it today was really born in the 1950s, never before had this age group had available funds and freedom to spend in such a way. Previously young adult dress was about the same as normal adult dress but the changes came that allowed young people to care about how they looked and to dress purely for show. The birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll created a rebellious youth culture that sought to push fashion in a direction to attract attention, Elvis Presley pushed the fashion boundaries very far in what was considered acceptable in the 1950’s.The majority of people dressed in the conventional way of the time, a neat look with a jacket or blazer, trousers, thin straight tie and possibly suede shoes for younger men, however another youth fashion stream called ‘Teddy boys’ is always associated with the fifties, named after the Edwardian (Ted) style jackets that they wore. Typically teddy boys dressed in drainpipe trousers, beetle crusher shoes with fluorescent pink socks and DA haircuts. This ‘duck tail’ hair style consisted of greased long hair, moulded up to a quiff at the front and the side combed back to look like the back end of a duck. Their reputation was that of young men out looking for a fight with rumours of flick knives. This was following riots of a mainly teddy boy teenage audience in London cinemas after viewing the US film ‘Blackboard Jungle’.Young women were noted for wearing circle and ‘poodle skirts’ for dancing. These were wide swing felt skirts in bold colours with a design, originally a French poodle, applied to the fabric. These colourful skirts were also suited to everyday wear, starched petticoats required to achieve the look for some. Younger women would wear their hair in a ponytail and a short fringe, contrasting to the soft curls and shorter hair cuts preferred by more mature women of the time.Women’s fashion in the fifties was all about dresses. Slim fitting trousers for women, based on the men’s style of the day had started to become part of socially acceptable dress for women but these were more for daring rock’n’roll teenagers, for most women dresses were the only suitable item of clothing for all occasions.After the end of cloth rationing in the Second World War the fashion houses of Paris had started up again, it was however the ‘New Look’ silhouette released by Christian Dior in 1947 that seemed to set the style achievement for the decade of the 1950s. This look emphasized everything feminine and consisted of the classic hourglass shape as we would think of it today with many touches of luxury. The main look is to accentuate a small waist with rounded shoulders, full skirts worn with petticoats and finished with gloves and pearls.Another main designer from this decade Coco Chanel contrasted this look with boxy jackets and straight skirts that now make up the classic Chanel suit. The attention for Chanel was to the materials and the small details such as the finishes and linings, pearls played a big part with the look as well.For normal women the classic dresses of this time would be the shirtwaist dress, also known as a house dress, and the wrap dress. Skirts would be worn either as full, or in a straight pencil style. Wide ‘Peter pan’ collars on dresses were also very popular.The end of the Second World War gave people the freedom to dress in new styles with far more fabric than would have been available previously. Peoples increased spending power and appetite for fashion made this decade notable for its daring new teenager and youth fashions, but also enviable for the glamour and elegance of the acceptable adult fashions.
The fact that Indians have always been fashionable can be traced back to the ancient times. Several artifacts unearthed at the Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro sites have revealed that the men and women of that era were indeed fashion conscious. Post independence, Indian fashion was affected by globalization. This ushered in a new era in the Indian fashion industry. Here are some factors that helped in the evolution of the Indian fashion industry.Beauty shows – The beauty pageants have helped shape the Indian fashion scenario. Indian women have done the country proud by winning several international titles. Their style of dressing has drawn the attention of the world towards the Indian fashion industry.Cultural diversity – The country is inhabited by various ethnic groups that have their own unique fashion style. The designers have interwoven the diverse styles to create beautiful works of art.Bollywood – Indian movies and fashion share a deep connection. The common man takes his or her cues about everyday dressing from the films.Liberalization – Globalization has made it easier for Indian designers to keep a tab on the latest western trends and incorporate the same in their styles.Indian designers – The huge change in the Indian fashion landscape can be attributed to the coming into prominence of several designers. In the past few years, India has been witness to the rise of world-famous designers who have charmed the world with their unique creations. Some of the well-known names in the fashion industry are Manish Malhotra, Ritu Beri, Ritu Kumar, Hemant Trivedi, Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Wendell Rodricks, Tarun Tahiliani, J J Valaya and many more.Indian fashion wear has been evolving at a constant pace thanks to globalization. Fashion now is more cosmopolitan. The traditional outfits of salwar kameez and saree are now being worn in several different styles. Hundreds of different styles of draping the saree have come forth. Several styles of blouses such as halter-neck, katori style, high neck blouses, back button blouses, puffed sleeve blouses, etc. are widely available. The salwar kameez has also seen many changes. From short tunics to long ankle length ones, Indian women have embraced a wide range of cuts and styles. It has become an Indo-Western attire loved by women on the go.Over the years, India has evolved as one of the most fashion-conscious destinations in the world. The incredibly talented designers of the country have helped India make its mark in the global platform. It is boom time for the fashion industry now, and the coming years will only see India shine brighter in the world fashion landscape.
It will be a serious problem if you do not know how to dress yourself properly for some certain occasions. People all hope they can always appear good and fine before others, but we have to admit that women are born with the instinct to accomplish this task, better than men do. Most women may feel that it is their responsibility to look socially acceptable in terms of how they dress. In many cultures, the way how a woman is dressed can convey lots of meanings. When a woman reaches the age of 18, she will be put in as a part of the adult group of the society and then proper dressing among others is regarded as an initial sign. In some certain Asian countries, young ladies turning 18 years old are introduced to the society with what they call as debut party and are dressed in the most grand and most stylish dresses.But after these intrinsic and celebration, there is the reality for the ladies to face on their own. There may be one day when the lady comes into a corporate world and begin to wear her own corporate uniform. But she should not ignore fashion, since right clothes, shoes, with other proper accessories, will help you a lot to leave a good impression on others which, to some degree, can help you perform better to grasp some important opportunities. One way of dressing yourself in the right way will be turning to the fashion magazines where you can get lots of direct advice on what to put on and how to wear a particular accessory to let it add to your glamour.In this modern society, you are what you wear. To choose the right fashion style for yourself, you have to take your own figure and lifestyle into consideration. Choosing the right pieces is important, so try not to rush on picking up an item just because it looked rather good on other people. You make sure that the dress does look nice on you and suit your lifestyle.Another crucial part should be the investment in fashion accessories. Accessories do play a pretty important role. When they are used appropriately, they can make much difference. But one thing to keep in mind is that you do not go for those gaudy and complicated jewelries unless in some special occasions, though many of them may seem rather attractive.Then get yourself some beautiful bags, especially the designer ones. If you are frightened by the high prices, you can also take the top replica designer handbags as the best substitutes for the originals. And their low prices allow you to buy lots of such fabulous bags.Although as a professional lady, you may have to wear the corporate uniform everyday, there is no reason for you not to make yourself look a little special compared with your fellow colleagues. And do free yourself from the boring work suits when weekends come. So never give up fashion. And by skipping the buying impulse you are sure to become a wise shopper.