Exhibition of outfits from 1950s ends this weekend

5 January 2012

An exhibition of elegant ball gowns and glittering cocktail dresses from the 1950s ends this weekend [Saturday 07 January] at Provost Skene’s House, Guestrow, Aberdeen.

Jingle Bell Rock: 1950s Partywear highlights the story of fashion and how it changed dramatically after World War II.

With the end of clothes rationing in 1949 the early 1950s saw a revival of femininity and a demand for dresses to suit every occasion from picnics and luncheons to cocktail parties and balls.

The 1950s also saw growth in the ready-to-wear industry and the use of man-made materials, which meant that luxurious looking garments could be produced at a fraction of the cost giving ordinary women the opportunity to buy designer inspired evening wear.

This was also the decade of the cocktail hour; before dinner it became popular to relax with a Martini or Manhattan. Cocktail parties became a fashionable way to entertain friends and the correct outfit was required in the form of cocktail dresses and lounge suits.