Nylon dress with red accents, ca. 1955

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Nylon dress with red accents, ca. 1955

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This dress was made entirely of nylon, the first drip dry, crease free, no iron fabric. Red accents, such as a leather belt and trimmings at the neck and arms, pop against the gray color. Its feminine silhouette was likely inspired by French designer Christian Dior’s "New Look," first introduced in 1947.

The New Look featured neatly rounded shoulders, small tight waists, and long flared skirts held out by petticoats. Following the austerity and fabric shortages of the World War II years, this style was happily embraced by some, but a point of controversy among those who thought the fashion too extravagant.

The full skirt evokes 19th century crinoline fashions, which some perceived as a step backwards for the modern woman. Nevertheless, this new fashion influenced most wardrobes to some degree.

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About This Item

  • Title: Nylon dress with red accents, ca. 1955
  • Creation Date: circa 1955
  • Subject Date: circa 1955
  • Location: ME
  • Media: nylon, leather, plastic
  • Local Code: 1993.300.494 a,b
  • Collection: Costume collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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