Nothing epitomizes the look of the 1950s more for women that the hour-glass silhouette of the tightly fitted bodice and full skirt. This ubiquitous style - first introduced in 1947 with Dior's New Look - was so widely adopted by the mid-50s that it came to define the decade. This practical book introduces and explores the styles and construction techniques used in the 1950s. Step-by-step instructions and photographs demonstrate how to achieve a well-finished and authentic look using equipment easily obtainable at home. Chapters explain the processes from fabric selection, cutting out and preparation through to garment assembly using traditional techniques for creating the silhouette of the day.
Theresa Parker worked for many years as a costume designer for TV and folm, and made many costumes for period dramas. She developed a passion for hsitorical dress, which led to her involvement in museum exhibitions and garment conservation. She now teaches fashion design at University for the Creative Arts, where she is able to combine her love of contemporary fashion design with traditional and heritage skills.