Photographs, Negatives, Slides and Plates of Fashion.


A collection of images showing clothing fashions over the years. I would be hopeless at describing the style and fabrics so I have been kindly assisted by C.J. as special fashion correspondent.

Blackpool : Five women on a photo shoot with Blackpool Tower as a backdrop [c.1964]
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Five women are swinging a leg in the swinging 60s during this photo shoot at Blackpool. The famous tower formed a backdrop to an image encapsulating the spirit of the times. C. J. says : "This fabulous photograph shows a group of models wearing the many styles worn in the 60s ranging from a simple button-through blouse with trousers, a brocade coat, diamond check coat with close-fitting hat, Empire-line pinafore dress with detail, and finally a knee-length trouser suit. Black tights and low-heeled or flat footwear complete the look, all of which would be suitable for a theatre visit, a day at the races or even a wedding."

London : Women at Benham Athletic Club Annual Dinner [c.1957]
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This photograph was part of a set of images that appear to show the annual dinner of the Benham Athletic Club which I think was based in Dulwich. C. J. says : "This photograph shows the wonderful fashion of the 1950s. Gorgeous dresses made of fabrics ranging from heavily-patterned brocade, to frothy chiffons and taffeta. Superbly feminine and elegant. Very pretty high-heeled strappy sandals are worn by all of these "Bevvy Of Beauties" who I notice, are carrying fans. One of the ladies is the only one wearing white shoes, not sandals, and is also sporting a rose on the bodice."

Woman in Polka-Dot Dress [c.1950]
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I am guessing at around 1950 for this photograph that originated in the United States. C. J. says : "This young lady looks lovely in a polka-dot dress of Organza which is not only a glamorous fabric but, being fairly stiff, is ideal for the pleated stand-up collar. Pearl accessories, a wide, soft cummerbund tied at the back into a large bow, and hair held loosely in a ribbon adds to the total femininity of this beautiful photograph."

Woman wearing an Off The Shoulder Dress [c.1950]
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I have put c.1950 on the photograph but it could be a little earlier. C. J. says : "A stunning photograph, possibly late 1940s showing our glamorous subject wearing a beautiful Tulle, off-the-shoulder dress with a velvet bow which is secured at the front of waist with a silk flower. Hair that is swept-up with a decorative slide, and necklace are all that is needed to complete this wonderfully elegant look."

Five women wearing strapless dresses [c.1954]
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This early to mid-1950s image is either a fashion shoot or the women are part of a musical quintet. I just don't know. C. J. says : "I would hazard a guess that this group of five ladies are possibly singers in a group, as they are all wearing matching dresses with off-the-shoulder lace bodice extending over the waistline into lovely, frothy full skirts. Their beautiful hair styles are so feminine and very reminiscent of the late 1940s and early 1950s."

Two women strolling along a boardwalk [c.1935]
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Although I have marked this image as mid-1930s, I suspect it is later, possibly in the 1940s. Two women are walking along a boardwalk in the United States. An advertisement for Chevrolet can be seen in the background. They could be strolling at Atlantic City but I am not sure of the location. C. J. says : "This photograph shows that even a visit to the seaside gives an excuse for dressing up. One lady is wearing a polka-dot dress with plain white collar, matching hat, and peep-toe shoes, whilst the other lady is in a cotton "Airtex" dress, hat, sandals and, of course, always the gloves and handbags. No jogging bottoms or trainers for these lovely ladies!"

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