We are celebrating Women’s History Month! In this photo, a woman participates in a fashion show held at the Landers Theater in Batesville, AR. The photo was taken ca 1940-1950s.
This era was mainly effected by the War and fashion was largely influenced by the same. As a result of the war there were severe fabric shortages, which lasted until the end of the decade. Clothes were made with a minimum of fabric, few pleats and no trimmings. Skirts were a little below the knee and straight, worn with boxy jackets and broad, padded shoulders.
Many men and women wore uniforms.
The 1950s continued the late 1940s style with very full skirts, cinched waists and sloping shoulders. Another popular silhouette was the narrow pencil-skirt look. Daywear consisted of skirts and jackets or day dresses in tweeds and woolens. Dresses with pencil or full skirts were seen in either plain fabrics or floral prints.