1950s

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Fashion in the 1950s included a lot of newly introduced pieces, but like its furniture, it did bring back styles from as far as the 1920s. Through the past decades, women heavily emphasized the small waistlines that the dresses created, but in the 1950s some women began to walk away from that and turn to “sack dresses” which included no waistlines. This was a matter of comfort. Women no longer felt restricted under circumstances to wear certain dresses and gowns during certain situations. Instead, they felt comfortable wearing just about anything. Interestingly, there was also a fashion protest that some women took part in. Christian Dior had created dresses that resembled a thin hourglass figure with corsets that really shaped the body, but women angrily resented this because they were tired of looking a certain way.

Interior design in the 1950s was similar to past decades. Much of the decorating styles before the war were still taking features in ones homes. Homes incorporated traditional wallpaper, paneling, brick fire places, wood furniture and plaids as well as traditional prints. These features kept the typical colonial home features of America alive. 

Cars in the 1950s portrayed enthusiasm and optimism for the country. By the end of the 1950s there had been 40 million cars on the road. Along with the fast manufacturing of the cars, its look was continuously changing. These cars became taller, faster, much more powerful and colorful. With its features changing, the car still remained economical and environmental and a big success to americas economy. 

Marilyn Monroe was one of the most famous females of this decade. Marilyn was an actress and a very curvy model. She usually played the “dumb blonde” roles in movies and soon became one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1950s. Her first few years of being under a contract, she dedicated it to singing, dancing and acting, but that soon shifted too wanting to make it in acting specifically. In order to get herself known she’d befriend those who tried to hold her back, maintained close relations with studio men as well as entertaining them and soon enough she became a big culture icon off and on the screens. 

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