Combining feminine elegance with bombshell glamour, the 1950s was a stand-out decade for fashion and now the period is being celebrated in a new exhibition at Selfridges, London.
Capri pants, cinched waists, full sweeping skirts and dazzling dresses all feature in 'Britannica 1951 – 1953', a display that recreates key looks from the era as it “follows a day in the life of a 50s fashionista.”
In honour of the black and white printed magazines and fashion books of the day, the entire exhibition is produced in black, white and grey, punctuated with vivid champagne pink hats designed exclusively by celebrity milliner Stephen Jones.
The exhibition was inspired by three early 50s editions of Vogue dedicated to British fashion in the aftermath of World War II and the coronation of the young Queen, Elizabeth II.
The sole vintage item featured in the display is a gown from the Royal family’s favourite designer of the time, Victor Stiebel.
Overseen by key fashion curator Judith Clark, the exhibition will run from 4 May to 24 June.
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Words: Anna Pollitt. Pictures: Andrew Meredith