Friday, July 29, 2011

{Style Inspiration} Early New Look Fashions

Some fun scans from a pattern magazine, Leach-Way 263. The magazine isn't dated, but from the page titles ("A Simpler New Look"), the hairstyles, and the more mid-40s-looking fashions (some have knee-length skirts), I'd put it right on the cusp of the New Look, so 1947 or 1948. It's a very interesting period in fashion history, with the silhouette changing so suddenly, and it's fascinating to see the influences of both the new and the old 40s styles in these pages.






I love both versions of the frock on the left - with and without peplum. Which is your favourite?

7 comments:

  1. lovely i'd like a combination of 12532 and 12542 please.

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  2. I like the summer suits on the third page. Looks like the 40's women have liked a wider shoulder line as all of these dresses are quite wide-shouldered compared to "real" New Look.

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  3. If I must choose i'd would love to wear the NO. 12586b

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  4. What great scans, the designs are just lovely, thanks for sharing them....

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  5. Ooh! I love the two designs in the middle of the first - the layered pelumis so interesting, and I lvoe that dress coat or coat dress. Gorgeous!

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  6. These are so pretty! I'm loving the swing coat in the top scan (currently obsessed with making one for myself...) and the ruffled peplums scattered throughout. Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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  7. Gorgeous! I love the asymmetrical detail on the skirt in the second scan. Thanks for posting such great inspiration.

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I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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