Tuesday, January 18, 2011
This 1947 pattern from McCalls says quite a bit. The wide shoulders might be considered symbolic masculinity, as women were called upon to work in the shipyards and the factories; to generally replace the men who had gone to war.
This cover was 2 years after the war while the women were being pushed back into their homes.
The tiny waists and soft hair suggests the look of the 50s when Dior brought back the full billowy super feminine skirt and barbie doll bustlines entered the scene.
Is it premeditated design or just a kickback from one extreme to another or what?