Wednesday, April 15, 2009

American Fashion in the 60's

A fascinating post on Jezebel today inspired by the discovery of an old Life magazine article from the 60's about New York's garment district, which was then the heart and soul of American clothes manufacturing and fashion and now forty years later is just a shell of its former self.

Everything is manufactured in China now.

Some nice comments on modelling as a profession in the 60's too, which is so completely altered now. I know in Britain modelling was something middle class and upper class girls could do for pocket money (it didn't pay much then) until they got hitched and I imagine it may have been similar in the States. One reader mentioned the film Funny Face and I thought of How to Marry a Millionaire, a wonderfully enjoyable film starring the very sexy and droll Lauren Bacall, super cute Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe in all her comedic glory. The three play poor models desperately trying to hook a rich man.

The clothes are great and it is funny too. Worth a look if you've never seen it.

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