College Girl Fashion in color – 1944

Via Glamour Daze A charming vintage fashion film in colour from 1944-1946. Featuring the students of San Francisco College for Girls, now the University of San Francisco, USCFA. Showing student fashions and hairstyles of young women at the end of World War Two. With credit to Skip Eisenheimer and all at AVGeeks. Be sure to…

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Dieselpunk Fashion: Wasteland Warrior

The heeled boots are impractical, but the rest of the outfit is wonderfully post-apocalyptic. H/t to Phica Yin.

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A short film about mid-50 British men’s hairstyles

I wish I still had the hair to mess around with styles like this. When I was younger, and we had a 1950’s Rock Around The Clock number in one of our school holiday shows, my mum told me that the cheap way to achieve these styles without forking out on pomade was to use…

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Eye Glasses For Fashion: Fitting Faces – 1940 Educational Film

Eyeglass fashions for everyone. Shows how the right shaped glasses complement your face. Also shows the glass manufacturing process.

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Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style exhibit at the Imperial War Museum

Laura Clouting introduces a ‘must see’ exhibition at Imperial War Museum. From ‘onesies’ to wear in the air raid shelter to jewellery created from aeroplane parts – Fashion on the Ration looks at how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing in 1940s Britain, often in new and unexpected ways.

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This 1941 film is longest, most elaborate infomercial for Rayon you’ll ever see

It’s a time travel film! It’s a commercial for Bur-Mil Rayon! It’s a time travel film… If late night infomercials actually had three acts like this one does, I might actually stay up to watch them. As always, it provides quite an insight into the social standards of the day – husbands, of course, were…

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1930s Fashion Show on the Thames

1930s fashion show on the river Thames, London, taken from the British Pathe reel “Father Thames’ Daughters” (1932).

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1940’s Fashion – Keeping Well Dressed

Miss Ratherly Stern shows women how to stay well dressed on a tight budget.

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Post-war catwalks were somber affairs

I found this video from the British Film Institute this morning. It’s a 1946 short called Fashion Fantasy and provides an insight not only into the state of post-war clothing (one garment is described as “not bad for Utility”) but also into the culture of a post-war era. The women buying the clothing are rich,…

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