December 2013

Lift and Separate to Achieve that Desirable ‘New Look’

There is a great deal of literature – popular and academic – on what women wore in the US during World War II and how styles were influenced by goods rationing, no European fashion imports, and women’s increased entry into the workforce.  There has also been a great deal written about what happened after the war ended and how Paris positioned itself once again as a fashion center.  The Parisian couturier, Christian Dior, took the world by storm in spring 1947 when he introduced for autumn what came to be called the ‘New Look.’  Skirts were made fuller, hemlines dropped, waists were corseted