The New Look before 1947

I love this picture of Elsie de Wolfe’s party in Paris from July 1939 because it shows how the postwar ‘New Look’ silhouette was already underway before the war stymied style and forced a different direction in fashion for the duration of the conflict:

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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3 Responses to The New Look before 1947

  1. Hari says:

    Love the hand kissing! And is that Fred Astaire in the foreground?

    • Jonathan says:

      I don’t think Fred Astaire was part of her social circle, but he may have been. I know Chanel was.

  2. I have a gorgeous Angele Delanghe blue satin gown from this year that exactly shows where fashion was headed just before the war! (Unfortunately the colour of the blue satin is rather uneven but it’s still an incredible example of London haute couture design right before the war.)

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