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Goodwood Revival Costumes – 50’s Costumes for women

Posted by Jen on 10/09/2012 in Fashion Ideas |

With the weekend getting closer, many already have their Goodwood Revival costumes already. However, for the not so organised amongst us, we have prepared some 50’s costumes ideas for women.

The 50’s were instrumental in the fashion world. The world had largely recovered from World War II, meaning that new technologies, music and fashion were all prominent features in the news. During the War, designers were warned not waste materials as they may be needed for servicemen’s uniforms. This meant that designers had limited resources and had to cut back on ‘frills’ and pockets.

The start of fashion in the 50’s was actually created in 1947 by Christian Dior. The ‘House of Dior’ collection went down in history as the post war ‘new look’. The signature shape of the ‘House of Dior’ was a below the calf full skirt, pointed bust, small waist and shoulder line. Dior stated that skirts should only ever be 12” or 15” off the ground, then nipped in at the waist. Strapless designs were created for evening ballgowns as bust-lines were accentuated and waistlines raised.

After having such limited supplies during the War, the feminine look was really prized, with long gloves and pearls becoming more and more popular. As the look became even more popular, there were different alternatives created. By the mid 50’s, the wiggle dress had also been designed and was becoming increasingly popular. The wiggle dress is defined as being narrower at the hem line than it is at the hips. The narrowness causes your legs to keep close together at the knees, causing a ‘wiggle’ as you walk.

Much of 50’s fashion is still popular today. The 50’s was all about independence and freedom. The war was over and this was the era of mass produced clothing and standardised sizes. Women also started to wear trousers more, having been forced to during wartime. Unlike during the War when women were forced to wear their husbands old trousers, trousers were actually designed for women. These included pedal pushers, Bermuda shorts and tapered leggings. It was finally acceptable for women to wear the same as men. The 50’s was really a decade of change and innovations for fashion, which led well to the most radical era for fashion, the 1960’s.


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Goodwood Revival Costumes – 50’s costumes for men

Posted by Jen on 03/09/2012 in 50's fashion |

The 1950’s were iconic for fashion and so play a big part in Goodwood Revival costumes. The war ended in 1945 after seven long years and much of the 40’s was spent dealing with the aftermath. However the 1950’s saw a new era and rather than being concerned about rationing and survival, it was a time of […]

Hairstyles for Goodwood Revival

Posted by Jen on 31/08/2012 in Goodwood Revival |

As we have already discussed, the 40’s and 50’s were great era’s for fashion. But once you’ve created your perfect outfit for the Goodwood Revival, then it’s important not to forget the finishing touches such as your hair and make up. First of all, make up. Ladies, lips should be red. This is the hallmark of make […]


RAF Uniforms to hire for the Goodwood Revival

Posted by Jen on 22/08/2012 in Goodwood Revival |

Each year Mad Hatters Fancy Dress invest time and money into getting the best outfits for the Goodwood Revival. This year’s new additions, are a range of RAF uniforms, including flight suits for the men, and some wonderful new full skirt and flirty fifties dresses. For the men, the Flying suits are a great alternative to the […]

Ladies at Goodwood

Posted by Jen on 17/08/2012 in Fashion Ideas |

The Goodwood Revival is literally a step back in time. Everyone dresses for the occasion with some people pulling out all the stops for the event. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to join in with the fun. Regular visitors to the Revival say their experience of the event […]

Goodwood Revival Costumes – Men 40’s Wartime

Posted by Jen on 15/08/2012 in 40's fashion, Fashion Ideas, Goodwood Revival |

The 1940’s were a tough time for most of the world. It was a time of austerity, which the fashion of the period reflects through its colours and cut of clothing. Austerity affected men’s clothes during the wartime years just as it did women’s. Pre-war suits would have been made from wool, cotton or another […]

Goodwood Revival Costumes – Ladies 40’s Wartime clothing

Posted by Jen on 13/08/2012 in 40's fashion, Fashion Ideas, Goodwood Revival |

As we have already seen, there are many Goodwood Revival costumes you can choose from. Many people go to great lengths to dress the part for the Goodwood Revival weekend, resulting in a step back in time authentic look. We are now going to look in more detail at how you can achieve that specific look of ladies […]

Ladies Day Goodwood Revival

Posted by Jen on 08/08/2012 in Goodwood Revival |

As we have briefly discussed in previous blogs, one event we love is Ladies Day at Goodwood Revival. So this year we will be attending Ladies Day. Goodwood Revival is as much about dressing up and fancy dress as it is about cars, so it’s no surprise that they are the only motor sport event to hold […]

Taking children to the Goodwood Revival

Posted by Jen on 31/07/2012 in Goodwood Revival |

Many people are understandably a little dubious about taking children to Goodwood Revival.  At such a young age children tend to reek havoc very quickly and cost a fortune! Also, many are uninterested in vintage items, after all they’ve grown up with computer games! The Goodwood Revival however is completely different.  First of all, as […]

Fancy Dress costumes for the Swinging Sixties

Posted by Jen on 30/07/2012 in 60's fashion, Goodwood Revival |

The 60’s saw lots of diverse trends being picked up, making it a exciting area for fancy dress. Having been through decades of War, rationing and depression the fashion industry had at last revived itself inventing many fashion trends which are still popular today. During the 60’s many social taboo’s were broken, this included sexism and racism. […]

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