+ The Shape the 1950’s women’s clothing was In notably more ‘wearable’ than previous years. The flapper age had ended so silhouettes were more classical and fitted. Beltswere more widely used in order to define every woman’s shape.
+ The Hottest Trends The most fashionable colors of the decade were black and white, which were worn profusely. There was a huge Spanish influence, which made red accents popular as well as stiff flares on the hemline Chiffon, tulle and velvet were the favored fabrics among designers in the 1950’s.
+ Famous Designers Many designers were extremely fond of Parisian couture and Spanish accents Hubert de Givenchy Famous designers of the time were: Hubert de Givenchy Cristobal Balenciaga Pierre Balmain Coco Chanel (Coco made her comeback in 1954, when she was over 70 years old)
+ Fashion Icons of the Era Noted icons of the 1950’s were: Audrey Hepburn Grace Kelly Marilyn Monroe Elizabeth Taylor
Hepburn wearing+ one of de Givenchy’s Audrey Hepburn designs at the Academy Awards Audrey Hepburn was born in 1929 in Belgium She was placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1961 Audrey’s favorite designer was Hubert de Givenchy because of his simple designs. Audrey was an inspiration to designers because of her petite and whimsical yet elegant fashion
+ Grace Kelly Grace Kelly was born in 1929 She was an American actress who became the Princess of Monaco when she married Rainier III, the Prince of Monaco Grace wasn’t fond of the racier styles that were becoming popular in the late 1950’s, she stuck to conservative styles and expensive fabrics Many designers used Kelly as inspiration for more sophisticated, luxurious clothing
+ Marilyn Monroe Marilyn was born in 1926 She became a widely successful American movie star but was very well known for her risqué way of dressing and she was and still is a cultural icon She had a classic movie star appeal that was best described as glamorous Marilyn was an inspiration to fashion designers for her racy yet glitzy styles.
+ Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth was born in 1932 She was a British-born American film star who was very popular She was best known for her passion for jewelry (total cost of her collection is estimated at $150 million) and for choosing clothes that accentuated her waist and chest Elizabeth Taylor inspired designers to create colorful and fitted designs