Big Events 

  • 1950 - The Korean War begins
  • 1951 - Color TV is introduced
  • 1954 - Civil Rights Movement begins

Big Ideas

  • family and domesticity; suburbs become popular
  • teenagers become fashion consumers and leaders for the first time
  • New fibers such as polyester, triacetate, and spandex are introduced

Big Trends

  • femininity - Christian Dior’s “New Look”
  1. Full swing skirts or narrow pencil skirts
  2. Fitted bodices and a small waistline, achieved through petticoats and girdles.
  3. Elegant accessories and jewelry such as hats and pearls
  4. High heels
  • Peter Pan collars
  • Tapered or capri pants
  • Bikinis