I’m presenting a talk for Whitehorse Council, as part of Heritage Week and it’s online and free. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘1950s, the Suburban Dream‘.
When Christian Dior released his â€˜Corolleâ€™ (New Look) line to a glamour-starved public after World War 2, it signalled a sartorial retreat from the comfortable and elegant modernity women enjoyed before the war, and a return to an elaborate Edwardian artifice of womanhood, complete with full skirts, crinolines, frills and corsetry. Diorâ€™s women were beautiful pastel-coloured flowers and after years of â€˜make do and mendâ€™ and rationing, we welcomed it with open arms.
Join author and fashion historian, Nicole Jenkins for a slideshow presentation on womenswear in the decade when sophistication, femininity and grown-up glamour reigned and the Melbourne textile manufacturing industry thrived as never before. Style, fabrics and construction details will all be included in this detailed look at fashions during the â€˜50s.
Nicole is the author of books â€˜Love Vintageâ€™ and â€˜Style is Eternalâ€™ and has been collecting Australian fashion since she was a child.
What:Â â€˜For a dress like that, you gotta start laying plans at thirteenâ€™, 1950s womens fashions, a presentation by Nicole Jenkins.
When:Â Wednesday 15th September, 2pm-3pm
Where:Â Zoom and your computer
BookingsÂ and more information â€“Â click here.
Details of this year’s festival and the other planned events can be seen here.