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1920s Ready To Wear Fashion Show – by the St. Louis Wholesale Garment Association

What a fascinating glimpse into the history of ready to wear clothing in America (and St. Louis’s little known fashion history)! This illustrated spread begins the program and schedule for the 1924 St. Louis Fashion Pageant of ready to wear clothes, presented in Forest Park August 7-24.

How to create a “French Look Bust” (aka cone shaped bust of the 1950s)

How to create a “French Look Bust” (aka cone shaped bust of the 1950s)

These “French Look Bust Wires” were interesting to shoot… not because of the wires themselves, but the instructions for fitting any bra or garment to make a “French Look” of the quintessential cone shaped bust shape of the 1950s. It promises support and uplifting, and the instructions are illustrated with 3 easy steps. Foundation garments and functional lingerie, including bras, helped create the classic curvy “pinup” silhouette of the 1950s.

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Twill Weave to Yarns

Twill Weave to Yarns

This entry is part 2 of 21 in the series The Language of Fashion - 1939 Fashion Dictionary

Almost at the end of this fashion dictionary! I’m a bit relieved but also a little sad. I’ve learned SO much about vintage clothing identification and fashion terminology, but this is one of the most boring things ever to scan, because it’s like… reading and scanning a dictionary 😛 When I finish with this self imposed project, feel free to call me a total weirdo.

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