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1950s Fashion That Defined the Decade

1950s Fashion That Defined the Decade

They don’t call it the nifty fifties for nothing

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It’s no secret that things have changed a lot since the 1950s. Everything from the cars people drive to how much breakfast costs looks different now. But one thing that seems to have changed the most is what people wear. Poodle skirts and leather jackets became fashion icons as teen rebellion started to define the decade. From 1950 to 1959, here are some of the most notable looks.

Fashion Flashback

Fashion Flashback

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A woman models a short-sleeved Brilkie dress with a flared skirt and buttoned top.

1950

1950

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A group of women wear swimsuits and enjoy the summer weather in Eastbourne, England.

1951

1951

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A group of people wait in line to get inside the Harlem Music Hall in New York, and maybe even spot a celebrity.

1951

1951

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Two women in short-sleeved crocheted jersey tops sit by the water.

1951

1951

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A woman makes dough with a rolling pin.

1952

1952

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Two women model clothing with matching fabric decorated with checkered hearts and large flowers.

1952

1952

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An elegant lady wearing a hat with a veil, accessorized by a fur collar and matching muff.

1953

1953

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A man models crepe-soled men's sandals.

1953

1953

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A woman is ready for a great night's sleep as she sits on the floor with her quilted satin dressing gown fanning out around her.

1953

1953

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A woman models a matching umbrella, gloves, hat and scarf.

1953

1953

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A woman models a strapless Brilkie sundress with buttons down the front.

1954

1954

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A woman models a flared sleeveless top with leggings and sandals.

1954

1954

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A woman models a Roucet et Cie fitted dress with a pleated skirt and a loose matching jacket in a dark material with a pale flecked design.

1954

1954

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A woman models a pillbox hat made of chequered fabric and a neck scarf with a dice motif.

1954

1954

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A group of fashion models pose for a photo in the London Airport (now called Heathrow Airport) ahead of a Christian Dior charity show to be held at Blenheim Palace. Atlantic City’s Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel, an iconic building that was knocked down in the ‘70s, was named after Blenheim Palace. To this day, it’s one gorgeous building many wish was still standing.

1954

1954

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This woman is ready to take an amazing summer vacation as she models a beach outfit consisting of shorts, a bra top and coordinated shirt all matching in a patchwork design.

1955

1955

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A woman models a wedding dress.

1955

1955

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Two women wear poodle skirts and see off friends after a Christmas visit.

1955

1955

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A woman models one of Monsieur Andre's inflatable Miracle hats in Paris, home to some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Her hat is not only waterproof, but can also be deflated to fit inside a handbag.

1955

1955

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A woman models a dress and gloves.

1955

1955

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A woman wearing a long buttoned coat stands by a pie shop in Harrods department store in London, one of the most romantic cities in the world.

1955

1955

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Two elegant women model a winter dress and a suit with a pleated skirt.

1956

1956

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Men wear spotted English velour with a leopard skin-finished hat and a flat-crowned fur felt hat.

1956

1956

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Marilyn Ridge, a part-time model, poses at Cornwall beach. North Cornwall has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.

1956

1956

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A woman drinks a cocktail in a Brilkie evening dress with a full skirt and high-necked, sleeveless bodice.

1956

1956

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A woman models a Brilkie wraparound dress with a paisley pattern and a bow at the waist.

1957

1957

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This woman is ready to take an amazing ski trip as she sports a lightweight skiing outfit complete with goggles and a handbag.

1957

1957

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A woman models a matching knit hood and gloves.

1957

1957

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A woman models a leopard skin fur coat from Harrods department store.

1957

1957

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A young woman sets out for the day wearing a jacket and matching pencil skirt.

1957

1957

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A woman models a cardigan as she brandishes her spotted handkerchief.

1957

1957

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English entertainer Tommy Steele during the filming of “The Duke Wore Jeans” in Buckinghamshire, England, on Nov. 17, 1957.

1957

1957

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This woman, wearing a roll-neck knitted dress, is ready for some dinner party games as she enjoys a tipple.

1958

1958

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Model Peggy Hayward rides the new Raleigh bicycle specially designed for fashion-conscious women. Its attachments include a makeup mirror, lipstick holder and dress guard.

1958

1958

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A young woman thrusts her hands into the deep pockets of her tweed Brilkie dress.

1958

1958

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A woman gets out of her car wearing a woolen suit and a fur wrap.

1959

1959

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This woman wears a strapless cocktail dress, elbow-length gloves and stiletto-heeled court shoes. The material is patterned with roses. She’s ready to have drinks at an elegant cocktail bar or eat dinner at a high-end restaurant.

1959

1959

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American designer Don Loper arrives at London Airport for a fashion show at the British-American Ball at the Dorchester Hotel on June 20, 1959.

1959

1959

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In the last year of the decade, a woman watches window-dressers at work at Mary Quant's Bazaar boutique on the King's Road in Chelsea, London, in September 1959. If you’d like to continue your blast through the past, check what breakfast looked like the year you were born.

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