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Women & Children's Fashions: 1940s

Welcome to The Costume Gallery Website's research area for 20th Century Fashions during the 1940s. This era is frequently referred to as the Big Band era. Swing music was fashionable and reflected the way people dressed. This decades fashions were heavily influenced by World War II. There were many fashions from this era as you will see by the references below.

NOTE: January 5, 2010: This week we are in the process of updating this webpage. As of today all links are functional. Many more resources will be added this week.

Links to Research:

1st Communion Photos: 1940s Girls Dresses

 The Costume Institute / MET Museum:

 1940 Fashion Photograph for Lord & Taylor (retailer)
 1940 Fashion Photograph with Model Lisa Fonssagrives for Marshall Field and Company (retailer)
 1940 Ladies' Sandal Shoes: Seymour Troy Originals (manufacturer)

 1940s Ladies' Dress: Fashion Designer Valentino
 1940s Ladies' Gloves
 1940s Ladies' Jacket: Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

 1941-1942 Ladies' Evening Gown: Fashion Designer Charles James

 1942 Ladies' "Subway", Cocktail Dress: Fashion Designer Norman Norell

 Mid 1940s Ladies' Loafer Shoes: Designer Gucci
 Mid 1940s Ladies' Pump Shoes: Designer Gucci

 1946 Ladies' "Tippecanoe" Shoes: Sandler of Boston (manufacturer)
 1946 Ladies' Suit: Fashion Designer Charles James

 1947 Ladies' Dress: Fashion Designer Traina/ Norman Norell
 1947 Ladies' Evening Dress: Fashion Designer Jacques Fath
 1947 Ladies' Sandal Shoes "The Invisible": Designer Salvatore Ferragamo

 Late 1940s Ladies' Evening Ensemble: Fashion Designer Claire McCardell
 Late 1940s Ladies' Felt Hat: Saks Fifth Avenue (retailer)
 Late 1940s Ladies' French Hat
 Late 1940s Ladies' Straw Hat: Milliner Hattie Carnegie, Inc.

 1948 Ladies' Dress: Fashion Designer Madame Grès (Alix Barton)
 1948 Ladies' Pump Shoes: Designer Mr. David Evins
 1948-1950 Ladies' Shoes: Designer Salvatore Ferragamo

 1949 Ladies' Afternoon Dress: Fashion Designer Claire McCardell
 1949 Ladies' Evening Dress: Fashion Design House of Jeanne Lanvin

 History of Jantzen Bathing Suits History with the Olympics

 Mannequins: From Plaster to Fiberglass

 Opera-Gloved Celebrities 1940s (***this is a massive site with tons of beautiful photos. Make sure to click on the images for enlargements!)

 1940s Celebrities High Fashion

Pattern and Images from 1940-1949: Sense and Sensibility Site

 Handbags: Then and Now

 Shoes: 1935-1945

 Vintage Fashion Collection: 1840-1940

 Womens' Fashions in the 1940s by Carol Nolan


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 Suggested Reading:

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1940s Hairstyles

Authentic 1940s Hairstyles : Tips and Tricks For Creating Authentic 1940s Hairstyles

Fashions of a Decade: The 1940s

Everyday Fashions of the Forties

Blueprints of Fashion: Home Sewing Patterns of the 1940s

Fashion Sourcebooks the 1940s