1. The Red Dress, 1955.
Red, in the 1950s, was a color with dual meaning in the post-World War II United States. The color representing the stunning elegance of women, bright red against delicate alabaster flesh, was also the color of the Great Enemy in the East, the Communists. It’s amazing how Americans could demonize red in their Red Scare one moment and then pay homage to it in their modeling of beautiful women the next.
This image was first popularized in the Ladies Home Journal December, 1955.

    The Red Dress, 1955.

    Red, in the 1950s, was a color with dual meaning in the post-World War II United States. The color representing the stunning elegance of women, bright red against delicate alabaster flesh, was also the color of the Great Enemy in the East, the Communists. It’s amazing how Americans could demonize red in their Red Scare one moment and then pay homage to it in their modeling of beautiful women the next.

    This image was first popularized in the Ladies Home Journal December, 1955.

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  2. Dior red twill tea length coat with wide collar and black satin gloves. Circa 1955.

    Dior red twill tea length coat with wide collar and black satin gloves. Circa 1955.

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  3. Madame Grès pink one-shouldered satin evening gown with pink chiffon overlay, charcoal polka dots, charcoal satin ribbon, satin strap, and attached satin train. Circa 1953.

    Madame Grès pink one-shouldered satin evening gown with pink chiffon overlay, charcoal polka dots, charcoal satin ribbon, satin strap, and attached satin train. Circa 1953.

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  4. Jessica Ford, 1957.
Jessica Ford was an American model famous for her close workings with Vogue magazine in the mid-20th century. Here she models a pink and purple striped white narrow dress with white satin gloves, a polka dot floppy hat, red heels, and strand of long pearls.

    Jessica Ford, 1957.

    Jessica Ford was an American model famous for her close workings with Vogue magazine in the mid-20th century. Here she models a pink and purple striped white narrow dress with white satin gloves, a polka dot floppy hat, red heels, and strand of long pearls.

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  5. Dovima, 1955.
Dovima, born Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba, was a famous American model during the mid-20th century and has become a cultural icon for vintage fashion. Upon her death in 1990, Richard Avedon—famous photographer who worked closely with Vogue magazine and famous designers such as Christian Dior and Yves Saint-Lauerent—remarked, “she was the last of the great elegant, aristocratic beauties… the most remarkable and unconventional beauty of her time.”
Here she is pictured in a wool burgundy cocktail suit with diamond brooch, black satin gloves, black mink stole, and black pancake hat.

    Dovima, 1955.

    Dovima, born Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba, was a famous American model during the mid-20th century and has become a cultural icon for vintage fashion. Upon her death in 1990, Richard Avedon—famous photographer who worked closely with Vogue magazine and famous designers such as Christian Dior and Yves Saint-Lauerent—remarked, “she was the last of the great elegant, aristocratic beauties… the most remarkable and unconventional beauty of her time.”

    Here she is pictured in a wool burgundy cocktail suit with diamond brooch, black satin gloves, black mink stole, and black pancake hat.

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  6. Arnold Scaasi white bubble-skirted strapless tea length dress with red and black polka dots and red short-sleeved coat with ruffled collar. Circa 1961.

    Arnold Scaasi white bubble-skirted strapless tea length dress with red and black polka dots and red short-sleeved coat with ruffled collar. Circa 1961.

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  7. Dior black velvet tea length dress with white crinoline ruffle hem; white satin gloves; and pearl necklace. Classic. Circa 1957.

    Dior black velvet tea length dress with white crinoline ruffle hem; white satin gloves; and pearl necklace. Classic. Circa 1957.

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  8. Balmain pale pink and light blue satin taffeta strapless evening gown with black satin gloves; black satin ribbon; and diamond teardrop necklace. Circa 1953.

    Balmain pale pink and light blue satin taffeta strapless evening gown with black satin gloves; black satin ribbon; and diamond teardrop necklace. Circa 1953.

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  9. Balmain ivory satin tea length dress with jeweled floral pattern and crepe neckline. Circa 1956.

    Balmain ivory satin tea length dress with jeweled floral pattern and crepe neckline. Circa 1956.

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  10. Dior ivory crushed satin evening gown with floral waist accent. Circa 1951.

    Dior ivory crushed satin evening gown with floral waist accent. Circa 1951.

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