At university I read a memoir dealing with motherhood, hardship, femininity and feminism. I can't remember the name of the book, but I'll never forget the author's discussion of the significance of Dior's New Look, particularly in Britain. 1940s pencil skirts were in part a necessity - fabric was rationed. The full skirts of the New Look were a breathtaking extravagance after the privations of the war. Christian Dior: "Abandon" afternoon dress | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

At university I read a memoir dealing with motherhood, hardship, femininity and feminism. I can't remember the name of the book, but I'll never forget the author's discussion of the significance of Dior's New Look, particularly in Britain. 1940s pencil skirts were in part a necessity - fabric was rationed. The full skirts of the New Look were a breathtaking extravagance after the privations of the war. Christian Dior: "Abandon" afternoon dress | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

House of Dior (French, founded 1947). Afternoon dress, spring/summer 1953. Designer: Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rogers Benjamin, 1965 (C.I.65.14.5a–d)

House of Dior (French, founded 1947). Afternoon dress, spring/summer 1953. Designer: Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rogers Benjamin, 1965 (C.I.65.14.5a–d)

Afternoon dress  Madame Grès (Alix Barton)  (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region)    Date:      1937–39  Culture:      French  Medium:      silk

Afternoon dress Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region) Date: 1937–39 Culture: French Medium: silk

"Ingenue to Icon," slideshow featuring apparel of Marjorie Merriweather Post: Afternoon Evening Dress (Photo by Renée Comet)

Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Style on Display

"Ingenue to Icon," slideshow featuring apparel of Marjorie Merriweather Post: Afternoon Evening Dress (Photo by Renée Comet)

Adrian Silk Print Afternoon Dress, 1940s, Augusta Auctions, April 9, 2014 - NYC

Adrian Silk Print Afternoon Dress, 1940s, Augusta Auctions, April 9, 2014 - NYC

1930s Day Dresses,- Trapunto detail on upper bodice and sleeve, decorative pin vintage fashion style photo print ad women ladies dress short sleeves 30s 40s

1930s Day Dresses, Afternoon Dresses History

1930s Day Dresses,- Trapunto detail on upper bodice and sleeve, decorative pin vintage fashion style photo print ad women ladies dress short sleeves 30s 40s

Trapèze Afternoon Dress, Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, Paris, France: 1958, mohair. "This dress is from Yves Saint Laurent's historic first collection for the House of Christian Dior in 1958. Trapèze was introduced with this collection."

Trapèze Afternoon Dress, Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, Paris, France: 1958, mohair. "This dress is from Yves Saint Laurent's historic first collection for the House of Christian Dior in 1958. Trapèze was introduced with this collection."

Afternoon dress Haute Couture PE 1953 , Collection Dior Heritage, Paris © Laziz Hamani.

Christian Dior (1905-1957)

Afternoon dress Haute Couture PE 1953 , Collection Dior Heritage, Paris © Laziz Hamani.

Bettina Graziani, the ‘Queen of Paris’ - 1950 - Place des Voges - Wearing Fath’s afternoon dress - Photo by Willy Maywald

Bettina Graziani, the ‘Queen of Paris’ - 1950 - Place des Voges - Wearing Fath’s afternoon dress - Photo by Willy Maywald

"Trapèze" Afternoon Dress,Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, Paris, France: 1958, mohair. "This dress is from Yves Saint Laurent's historic first collection for the House of Christian Dior in 1958. The Trapèze was introduced with this collection."

"Trapèze" Afternoon Dress,Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, Paris, France: 1958, mohair. "This dress is from Yves Saint Laurent's historic first collection for the House of Christian Dior in 1958. The Trapèze was introduced with this collection."

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