Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Way We Were

"The best-dressed women in the world are to be found on almost any street in America. Without the small fortune it takes to outfit a fashionable woman abroad, women across the U.S. can outdress all others because of a unique $8 billion ready-to-wear industry which puts no price barrier on style. How well the American woman does is illustrated by the photograph at right. Here are 12 new American designs whose prices range from $10.95 to $1,020..." December, 1956
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To this we say... What the hell happened, America?!?!


  1. What the hell happened?

    On 15th April 1955 businessman Ray Kroc opened a McDonalds in Des Plaines, Illinois, and proceeded to take over the whole corporation, expanding it to all four corners of the globe.

    Fat happened... Jx

  2. I agree Jon , Fat indeed happened ....among other things .

  3. mmmm I love the 50's New Look fashions. (and just got the book on the Charles James exhibit for my birthday!) Most of the women in this pic are mightily strapped in with girdles and long-line bras which was not comfortable.

  4. About 10 years ago I was at a mall in Florida with a couple relatives. We had been through a few stores and were sitting in one of the central areas of the mall watching people go by. After a while, my cousin, who was in her early-50s at the time, and who is well-dressed, said, "There are so many cute outfits on display in the stores, but why is it that no one ever seems to be wearing any of them?"