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The Way We Wore: The 1940's.

World War II dominated the decade of the Forties. As the conflict spread, all resources were conserved and given defense priority. Fashion excesses were out; rationing in. Two-pants suits, vests, trouser cuffs, and long skirts were deemed wasteful. New synthetic fibers were developed that would soon enter the world of fashion. The broad-shouldered "drape" suit continued in style but gradually became less fitted in the waist and hips. Military dress again influenced fashion styling for both men and women. As in World War I, women entered the work force in large numbers. Women's clothes took on a crisp, businesslike look. Shoulders broadened, defined waists returned, and skirts were shortened until they just covered the knees.
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White linen dress with navy blue polka dots (without jacket), c. 1940s.

1940s Navy Blue and White Polka Dot Sleeveless Dress with Matching Short Jacket

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1940s Navy Blue and White Polka Dot Sleeveless Dress with Matching Short Jacket

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Beige wool ensemble, by Vera Maxwell, American, 1945. Maxwell states that her first "real" design job was with Adler & Adler, where she worked from 1936-1937 and afterwards, found contract work to be very advantageous. Her classic, comfortable and timeless designs continued to garner praise and in 1947 she opened a business under her own name, Vera Maxwell Originals. Her career outlasted that of her contemporaries, as she did not stop designing until 1985.

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Black wool suit with hot pink silk blouse (without jacket), by Norman Norell, American, 1941.

Norman Norell | Suit | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Black wool suit with hot pink silk blouse (with jacket), by Norman Norell, American, 1941.

Norman Norell | Suit | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Lucien Lelong | Suit | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Man's evening suit, by Brooks Brothers, American, 1947.This set of evening coordinates is unusual in its completeness. Made by Brooks Brothers, a well-known high-quality American menswear maker, it features an unusual piqué pattern on vest. The mock-front and real center-back-button closure of the shirts makes for cleaner, smoother look.

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Pale smoke blue chiffon evening dress with embroidered "feather" appliqués (detail), probably European, ca. 1948. Tirelli Trappetti Foundation.

Authentics Collection - Tirelli Trappetti Foundation

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