September 13, 2000
What do you think of when you hear the words, “1950’s fashion?” I am sure each and everyone in this room has an image that comes to mind. For me, I visualize the traditional poodle skirt, white crew socks and black and white saddle shoes. In the 50’s, times were changing. This was the era when television was exploding onto the scene. Television brought the fashion world into our living rooms, with show like, Leave it to Beaver, Ossie and Harriet, and the infamous “I love Lucy.” The television mom’s of the fifties entertained us and had to be prepared for every occasion.
First off, let’s start at the top, with the hair. There were many different hairstyles to choose from. The women of the 50’s tortured their hair. They bleached it, permed it, put pins in it and teased it until it stood out all over. My mother was one of the experimenters of the early days. I am amazed she has any hair at all after looking at so...