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Swinging London – musica e TV

The novel  Absolute Beginners (1958) by Colin MacInnes is about the Swinging London of new fashion and music. The book is written in the first person perspective of a teenage photographer, who lives in the vibrant (vibrante) part of West London he calls Napoli as it is inhabited (abitata) by Caribbean immigrants, and English people who live  on the margins…

LONDON 1960s, la trascinante Londra

15 April 1966 – Time magazine – London: the Swinging City London in the 1960s meant fashion, music, change. The two main factors which influenced this remarkable metamorphosis from a gloomy (oscura) capital after the war to a bright (luminoso) centre of style were youth and money . The baby boom of the 1950s  had brought a younger population and…

fashion – 1950s, nuove icone di stile

                                            In the 1950 was born the ready to wear industry (moda pronta). The fabrics(tessuti)  were mainly synthetic (Nylon, Crimplene or Polyester and Orlon) , easy to wash, they tailored well (si adattavano bene). Besides, more elegant,  there were velvet…

Christian Dior – Paris fashion

Christian Dior (1905 – 1957), before becoming the world famous fashion designer, spent a period in Lucien Lelong’s  fashion house (casa di moda)  together with Pierre Balmain. They both tried to preserve fashion industry alive (in vita)  during the second World War and designed dresses for the wives of Nazi officers (mogli di ufficili nazisti) and French collaborators. Then, in…

la moda del dopoguerra – gli anni ’40

Of course World War II had an enormous impact also on fashion. The London monument about women’s clothes during the war testifies (testimonia) the change: ladies could no longer think about their elegance! Before  1939 the United States copied and imported fashion from Paris, the capital of elegance.  Then American designers were cut off from French couture and developed a new market,…

dei vestiti su un monumento celebrano i sacrifici delle donne

A PECULIAR monument strikes (colpisce) the attention of passers by (passanti) in Whitehall, London : it represents  seventeen different kinds of clothes (vestiti) and uniforms  around its sides (intorno ai fianchi). Each of them (ogni pezzo) refers to a job women  did during World War II, jobs they gave back (ridiedero) to  their men when they came back  at the…

buone vacanze a tutti

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donne che hanno fatto moda

Amelia Mary Earhart  (1897 –1937) was an American aviation pioneer, the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Famous all over the world for her flying experiences, she wrote many bestselling books  and was deeply involved (profondamente coinvolta) in the formation of female pilots. She disappeared  over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island,  while making a circumnavigational…

gli anni 30 – una moda sobria

Women’s fashion in the 1930s was more conservative and more feminine. New synthetic materials like  rayon started being used instead of cotton and wool,  and , at the end of the decade, nylon was introduced as a replacement for silk. Dresses were bias-cut (tagliati di sbieco) to emphasize feminine curves. On October 24, 1929, Wall Street crashed and the Great Depression influenced…

la moda del Grande Gatsby – 1920s

Ralph Laurent created  the costumes for the 1974 film The Great Gatsby, taken from Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of the same title (1925).  Daisy Buchanan, the main female character in The Great Gatsby was part of those young socialites living on Long Island in the 1920s. Their lifestyle was eccentric and extravagant; they cared more about their perfect good looks…