Sunday, May 29, 2016

From Pleats to Parasols to Ponytails – See the Best Fashions of the 1950s Through LIFE Magazine Covers

Even as designers look to the future, it’s worth remembering that today’s fashions are never truly divorced from those of the past. With that in mind, take a look back at the fashions of the 1950s, as shown on the cover of LIFE Magazine.

Throughout the decade, the magazine traced the evolution of fashion from demure tailored shirts and classic beach looks to casual college trends and elegant evening wear. For those whose preferred looks are less sci-fi and more retro, the photographs can be a trove of inspiration.

January 23, 1950 cover of LIFE magazine. (Gordon Parks)

March 13, 1950 cover of LIFE magazine. (Gjon Mili)

April 24, 1950 cover of LIFE magazine. (Milton H. Greene)

May 15, 1950 cover of LIFE magazine. (Nina Leen)

September 11, 1950 cover of LIFE magazine. (Nina Leen)

October 30, 1950 cover of LIFE magazine. (Martha Holmes)

February 12, 1951 cover of LIFE magazine. (Milton H. Greene)

March 5, 1951 cover of LIFE magazine. (Gordon Parks)

May 21, 1951 cover of LIFE magazine. (Milton H. Greene)

December 3, 1951 cover of LIFE magazine. (Sharland)

January 7, 1952 cover of LIFE magazine. (Nina Leen)

February 25, 1952 issue of LIFE magazine. (Nina Leen)

April 14, 1952 issue of LIFE magazine. (Mark Shaw)

June 23, 1952 issue of LIFE magazine. (Christa)

August 25, 1952 issue of LIFE magazine. (John Raymond Solowinski)

September 8, 1952 issue of LIFE magazine. (Milton H. Greene)

November 24, 1952 issue of LIFE magazine. (Milton H. Greene)

January 26, 1953 issue of LIFE magazine. (Lisa Larsen)

March 9, 1953 issue of LIFE magazine. (Philippe Halsman)

May 11, 1953 issue of LIFE magazine. (Milton H. Greene)

July 27, 1953 issue of LIFE magazine. (William Helburn)

October 12, 1953 issue of LIFE magazine. (Sharland)

December 21, 1953 issue of LIFE magazine. (Sharland)

February 1, 1954 issue of LIFE magazine. (William Helburn)

April 12, 1954 issue of LIFE magazine. (Mark Shaw)

June 14, 1954 issue of LIFE magazine. (Christa)

June 28, 1954 issue of LIFE magazine. (Paul Himmel)

May 16, 1955 issue of LIFE magazine. (Mark Shaw)

September 5, 1955 issue of LIFE magazine. (Mark Shaw)

December 5, 1955 issue of LIFE magazine. (Mark Shaw)

January 9, 1956 issue of LIFE magazine. (Mark Shaw)

May 14, 1956 issue of LIFE magazine. (Mark Shaw)

September 23, 1957 issue of LIFE magazine. (Milton H. Greene)

January 27, 1958 issue of LIFE magazine. (Loomis Dean)

March 11, 1958 issue of LIFE magazine. (William Helburn)

August 11, 1958 issue of LIFE magazine. (Paul Schutzer)

March 2, 1959 issue of LIFE magazine. (Milton H. Greene)

November 16, 1959 issue of LIFE magazine. (Jack Robinson)

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