Impeccably Cut....Magnificently Accessorized.....
|Photo courtesy inspiredbykelly.blogspot.com|
The iconic shirtwaist was one of the most popular and successful dress styles in the 1950's. Originally called the "shirtmaker" dress, it was introduced and advertised by Best & Company in New York City in 1926. The shirtwaist is a two-piece dress, stitched together at the waistline. The traditional shirtwaist borrows details from a man's shirt, however there were many variations. Shirtwaist dresses were often made up in crisp fabrics such as cotton or silk, much like a men's shirt would be. The 50's version featured a full, billowy skirt with a wasp-like waist. Women found the style easy-to-wear and flattering to most figures. It easily went from the market at eight, to lunch with the girls at noon, to a bridge party at four with just a change of accessories.
|A knitted shirtwaist from a pattern courtesy todaystreasure.net|
|Photo courtesy The Nifty Fifties.|
|Dovima on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, February 1952.|
Photo courtesy D.Tarantula.
|An early Fashion Royalty wears a classic yellow shirtwaist from Bogue's Vogues. |
Hat and purse are from Mattel.
|Photo courtesy pleasurephotoroom.wordpress.com|
Color and Design in Apparel by Bernice Chambers. Prentice-Hall, Inc.