[Talk] Mid-century women’s fashion

Hi all, here’s my next talk: I’ll be speaking on ’50s fashion at the Art Deco and Modernism Society, along with a slideshow of images. I might bring some frocks too.

When Christian Dior released his ‘Corolle’ (New Look) line to a glamour-starved public after World War 2, it signalled a sartorial retreat from comfortable and elegant modernity, and a return to an elaborate Edwardian ideal of womanhood. Dior’s women weren’t the confident, sporty and emancipated women of the Art Deco era, they were beautiful flowers.

Join author and collector, Nicole Jenkins for a slideshow presentation on Australian ladieswear of the post-WWII period, when femininity and grown up glamour reigned and the local manufacturing industry thrived. Style, fabrics and construction details will all be included in this detailed look at fashions from 1947 to 1964.

You’re welcome to bring your own treasures along for a show-and-tell too.


What: Talk on post-WW2 ladieswear
When:  8pm,18th July, 2019
Where: Racecourse Hotel, cnr Dandenong and Waverley Rd, East Malvern
Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members

More Details and bookings here.

Dovima standing in a courtyard, in Olhao, Portugal,
wearing a halter and skirt by Brigance 1952 for Vogue magazine.
(Photo by Henry Clarke/Condé Nast via Getty Images)

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