Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Correct Foundation Garments for 1950s Dresses #3

Today's focus is on smooth hips required when wearing a dress with a lowered waist. "Shimmy bodices that drop their waists down to hip-level...or lower, then meet rippling, flounced skirts. The silhouette-makers needed: hip-firming girdles, rounded bras."

The dress on the left has a gathered flared skirt below a dropped waist. It is by Youth Fair and sold for $15 in 1958 (about $112 today). It sold at Abraham & Strauss, Brooklyn and Rich's, Atlanta. The model wears a Castlecliff pin on her collar.

Under this dress, she is wearing a Hollywood Vassarette open bottom girdle with double panels of power net at the back and sides and a front V-shaped panel of nylon satin overlaid with point d'esprit lace. The Hollywood Vassarette bra is in nylon with lace cups.

The dress on the right by Teena Paige has a dropped waist, permanent pleated skirt and a sailor collar. It sold for $18 (about $135 today) and was available at Altman's, New York and Macy's, San Francisco. The model wears a Castlecliff pin on the collar.

Under this dress, the model is wearing a Peter Pan panty girdle of nylon power net woven in elastic stripes. The Peter Pan cotton bra has contour cups.


NorthStar Vintage said...

I love these posts, but have to say, those ads, with fruit over the models faces, are a little weird!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Yeah, I guess they didn't want to be "seen" in their underwear!

Becca said...

Wasn't that a convention on television several years ago? The model's faces weren't shown? Something like that.

On another note, I just recently read that these drop waist styles are supplanting my beloved empire waists in trends. I love the drop waists but they have never been kind to my figure. I may have to check out these foundation pieces...

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