Bikini Bathing Suit

  In the 1930s, European women wore two-piece bathing suits consisting of a halter top and shorts with some midriff visible -- the navel was always hidden.   On Jul 5,1946  the bikini bathing suit, created by former civil engineer Louis Reard, made its debut during a...

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Nylons & WWII

In the 1930s, silk was the preferred material for women's stockings. But they were expensive and not very durable. When DuPont began manufacturing nylon in 1939, most American women switched from silk to nylon stockings. High demand brought shortages in 1942 after the...

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Zoot Suit Riots

Zoot suit attire consisted of baggy legged, narrow- cuffed, waist-high pants, a short tie over a buttoned shirt, suspenders, a long coat with wide lapels and padded shoulders, wide-legged, pegged trousers, flashy shoes and either a fedora or a tando hat with a feather...

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American High School Girls

WavingGirls1940; Wikimedia Commons. In contrast to their Japanese counterparts, these American school girls on the way to a WPA camp in Louisiana wore no...

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Japanese Schoolgirl Uniform

Japanese school uniform - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Fashioned after Western style naval uniforms in the late19th century, many such uniforms are still worn in Japan...

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Fashion USA

In 1940, women’s fashion  attempted to emphasize an hour glass figure, broad shoulders, tiny waists and full hips. Dresses featured wide padded shoulders, nipped in high waist tops, and A-line skirts down to the knee....

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Fashion USA

In the 1930s women's busts and waistline curves were accentuated and hair became softer and longer than in the '20s. Men’s shoulders were padded to create the image of a large...

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Japanese Women

Here is the stereotypical American view of Japanese women in the 1930s Female participation in Japanese society has varied over time and social classes. In the 8th century, there were women emperors. In the 12th century women could inherit and manage property alone....

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Western Fashion in Japan

Via Gatochy: Japanese magazine cover, 1930s | Flickr  Although in increasing conflict with the West, many Japanese continued to adopt its culture and fashion throughout the early 20th Century. After Pearl Harbor, however, strong social pressure suppressed such...

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