A couple of weekends ago at the Toronto Vintage Clothing & Antique Show I purchased two Vintage Chatelaine Magazines from a favorite vendor.
While browsing the June 1947 copy over coffee later on that day, I discovered a great feature called ‘Fashion Shorts‘. In this piece the magazine discusses fashion tips to make your June a fashionable success. These tips are wonderful insights into a time period of fashion that many of us love and I knew that I just had to share it with my readers. PLUS 1947 was a turning point in fashion with the ‘Dior’s New Look‘ making its way onto the runways only a few months early.
So without further adieu lets begin!
1. Lovely the Bride (it is the June Magazine).
Perfect Example: Princess Elizabeth II and Philips November 1947 Wedding.
2. Marquiesette Gowns are a must for the bride and her attendants.
What is Marquisette?
Marquisette is a sheer, lightweight mesh or net fabric with a leno weave. It can be made from almost any fibre: silk, cotton, wool, rayon, nylon, polyester and a blend of any of the above. It is used for dresses, curtains, and mosquito netting (Source).
Note: For a more detailed description please check out The Dreamstress blog post on this interesting fabric.
Now the below dress is not from 1947 but it is a beautiful example of a 1940s Marquisette gown,
3 & 4. You’ll want a striped cotton and Yellow in your wardrobe.
5 & 6. Order ribbons on a lapel are all the rage, and playsuits are not just for the wee ones.
7 & 8. From work to play or sometimes just to play.
9. New York and its high style.
10 & 11. Bertha collars and influences from famous British salons.
Bertha Collar Examples.
A Norman Hartnell Gold tissue dress..wow!
12. Stay much cooler than the men with your pantaloon slip!
13. Peasant blouse & dirndls skirts for comfort and for formal occasions.
14. Beach Coat Time!
15. Stocking Clocks ARE due for a comeback! Wait what are stocking clocks?
And there you have it, fashion tips from June 1947 Chatelaine.
Question Time: What was your favorite fashion tip stated above? Did you learn anything new about June 1947 fashions? Please share.