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Mannequin Madness: History of Fashion

1940s Fashion

Mannequin Madness is making a come back!

A few weeks ago I received my first portfolio review and the positive feedback I received was just the push I needed to move forward with this series. I've been thinking about exploring the history of fashion for a long time, but I wasn't sure if this was the best way to do it.

I don't know why I'm so fascinated by fashion. To tell you the truth, I'm not very fashionable at all (I'm more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl). But if I could go back and do my life over I would have gone to school for costume and set design. I absolutely adore period movies and the 1940s are one of my top favorite eras because of its classic elegance. 

The clothes women wore during this time were not designed by the fashionable and wealthy, but by patriotism and practicality needed during times of war. Women's clothing were simplified due to the lack of fabric, which was being used for the war, so the hem length was shortened to the knee. Accessories were all the rage during this time, so it wasn't likely for a woman would leave the house without a pair of gloves and jewelry. 

I don't know how long this series will go on. I guess it all depends on what I can find on a limited budget. But for now, I'm just happy to play dress up with my quirky mannequins again. 


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