Peacetime. Suburbs grew and televisions
were the rage replacing radios. The Cold War began and the threat that
Communism would spread worldwide was feared. The Korean War was fought.
Fear of nuclear war spurred the building of bomb shelters. The Civil Rights
movement began. Elvis Presley changed the sound of music. Drive-in movies
were the place to be on weekends.
Fashion: Christian Dior again led the
fashion world with the tight sheath dress and full-skirted shirtwaist dress.
Halter dresses and full circle skirts (with poodles) were worn by the young.
In the second have of the decade, Dior’s A-Line, Givenchy’s chemise, and St.
La8urent’s Trapeze hinted at things to come – the mini!
The lucite purse of the fifties is on
loan from Cyndi Carbaugh.
Hats: Both the pillbox and the
cartwheel complemented the early ‘50’s styles. Also popular were small,
fitted, sculpted hats. The bouffant hairstyles of the later ‘50’s were
accommodated with roomy crowns in larger hats.