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Designing Britain 1945 - 1975 > Fabrics Forming Society > 1950s/1960s > Dresses
 
1950s-1960s: RECONSTRUCTION/MATERIALISM - DRESSES
 
AIAB Late 1950s - 1960s homemade dress. Cotton, with white/beige
background, pink flower pattern. Two deep pockets. Knee length.
(colour, domesticity, home dressmaking, organic) FFS00587 AIAB Late 1950s - 1960s homemade dress. Cotton, with white/beige
background, pink flower pattern. Two deep pockets. Knee length.
(colour, domesticity, home dressmaking, organic)

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AIAB Late 1950s-1960s homemade shift dress.
Brown and cream abstract check.
Scooped V-neckline with large collar, sleeveless. Knee length.
(colour, fashion, home dressmaking)
FFS00588 AIAB Late 1950s-1960s homemade shift dress.
Brown and cream abstract check.
Scooped V-neckline with large collar, sleeveless. Knee length.
(colour, fashion, home dressmaking)

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AIAB 1960s homemade dress - front view.
Metallic blue, round neck, sleeveless. Scooped neckline. Knee length.
(colour, fashion, glamour, home dressmaking)
FFS00589 AIAB 1960s homemade dress - front view.
Metallic blue, round neck, sleeveless. Scooped neckline. Knee length.
(colour, fashion, glamour, home dressmaking)

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AIAB 1960s homemade dress - back view.
Metallic blue, scooped V-back with a large bow. Knee length.		
(colour, fashion, glamour, home dressmaking)
FFS00590 AIAB 1960s homemade dress - back view.
Metallic blue, scooped V-back with a large bow. Knee length.
(colour, fashion, glamour, home dressmaking)

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AIAB Late 1950s-1960s Black evening dress - front view.
Scooped, square neckline. Sleeveless. Shop retailed - K. C. Ltd.
(fashion, glamour, ready-to-wear)
FFS00591 AIAB Late 1950s-1960s Black evening dress - front view.
Scooped, square neckline. Sleeveless. Shop retailed - K. C. Ltd.
(fashion, glamour, ready-to-wear)

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AIAB Late 1950s-1960s Black evening dress - back view.
Scooped, V-back with long sash attached, same material.
Shop retailed - K. C. Ltd.,
(fashion, glamour, ready-to-wear)
FFS00592 AIAB Late 1950s-1960s Black evening dress - back view.
Scooped, V-back with long sash attached, same material.
Shop retailed - K. C. Ltd.,
(fashion, glamour, ready-to-wear)

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AIAB 1960s Psychedelic hand made, shift dress with small, roll collar.
Knee length, Lime green, citrus yellow and pink chiffon.
(fashion, glamour, home dressmaking)
FFS00593 AIAB 1960s Psychedelic hand made, shift dress with small, roll collar.
Knee length, Lime green, citrus yellow and pink chiffon.
(fashion, glamour, home dressmaking)

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AIAB 1960s Black hand made, shift dress, sleeveless, round neck - front view.
Neckline/dress front decorated with hand embroidered patterning
and heavy turquoise beads.
(fashion, femininity, glamour, foreign travel)
FFS00594 AIAB 1960s Black hand made, shift dress, sleeveless, round neck - front view.
Neckline/dress front decorated with hand embroidered patterning
and heavy turquoise beads.
(fashion, femininity, glamour, foreign travel)

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AIAB 1960s Black hand made shift dress, sleeveless, round neck.
Front view - neckline detail.
Black fabric background embellished with hand embroidered patterning and heavy turquoise beads.
(fashion, femininity, glamour, foreign travel) FFS00595 AIAB 1960s Black hand made shift dress, sleeveless, round neck.
Front view - neckline detail.
Black fabric background embellished with hand embroidered patterning and heavy turquoise beads.
(fashion, femininity, glamour, foreign travel)

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TEXTS

Christopher Breward, ‘Late twentieth century: catwalk and street style’, Chapter 7, in, The Culture of Fashion, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1995, pp. 225-236.
Martin Harrison, Appearances, Fashion Photography Since 1945, Jonathan Cape, London, 1991.
Valerie Mendes and Amy De La Haye, ‘1957-1967: Affluence and the Teenage Challenge‘, Chapter 6, in, 20th Century Fashion, Thames and Hudson, London, 1999, pp. 158-191.
Hilary Radner, ‘On the Move: Fashion Photography and the Single Girl in the 1960s’, in, Fashion Cultures; Theories, Explorations and Analysis, Routledge, London, 200, pp. 128-142.
Valerie Steele, ‘Ups and Downs of Paris Fashion’, Chapter 14, in, Paris Fashion; A Cultural Reader, Berg, Oxford, 1988, pp. 275-290.
John Styles, ‘Dress in History: Reflections on a Contested Terrain’, in, Fashion Theory, the Journal of Dress, Body and Culture, Volume 2, Issue 4, December 1998, pp. 383-389.
 
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