1950s & ’60s

The Australian Women's Weekly - - 85 years -

Fash­ion in­spi­ra­tion os­cil­lated be­tween the old-world Euro­pean glam­our of Dior and the US, where the movie star aes­thetic mixed with the racy rock’n’roll era. The cinched waists of the full skirts re­quired a tiny waist, so be­neath their clothes women were once again wear­ing “gir­dles”.

“Mir­a­cle fab­rics” like syn­thetic ny­lon and elas­tic made clothes cheaper and eas­ier to main­tain. They could be washed and dried eas­ily, didn’t need to be ironed and didn’t shrink. In 1957 Hu­bert de Givenchy un­veiled his “sack dress”, paving the way for 1960s tu­nic dresses (right).

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