Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1950s -This beautiful reference work showcases 50 iconic outfits from one of fashion’s most influential and exciting decades. From the bombshell glamour of Marilyn Monroe in ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’ to the immergence of teenage style, via the sculptural forms of Christian Dior’s New Look and Balenciaga’s double A-Line, it celebrates all of the important looks that revolutionised modern fashion. With Paula Reed’s lively and informative text and a wealth of fabulous photography, it is vital reading for design students, collectors of vintage, and everyone who truly loves fashion.

Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1970s – Bianca Jagger in Halston and Diane Von Furstenberg’s first wrap dress to the rise of punk and Biba, this beautiful book outlines and details the most influential looks of the decade. The 1970s have been a key influence on recent high street and catwalk fashion – here you find out why.

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  • Book: Fifty Fashion Looks That Changed the 1970s and 1950s
  • Author:¬†Paula Reed
  • Date:¬†2012
  • Genre:¬†Fashion
  • Publisher:¬†Design Museum
  • Pages: 112
  • Price:¬†¬£12.99
  • Three Words:¬†Classic, Descriptive, Vintage Piece
  • Other Books in the Series:¬†Fifty Fashion Looks That Changed the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s. Fifty Bags That Changed The World. Fifty Dresses That Changed The World. Fifty Fashion Designers That Changed The World. Fifty Hats That Changed The World. Fifty Shoes That Changed The World.










The Premise of the Book: Designed as an informative piece for design students, collectors of vintage and in general people who love fashion.

Execution: You can find a short description of how the look came to be, who is responsible for it and how did it influence the world in fashion and in general. Has a beautiful photo next to every description.

General Look, Value for Money –¬†A pretty and simple dust¬†jacket and a beautiful black jacket with a rose gold foil, perfect beauty to put on your coffee table. Very expensive having in mind it’s just a small book, but it could be considered a collectors piece and depends on how much a person is ready to spend on such a book.

My Thoughts:¬†Although it is a lovely book I wouldn’t¬†necessary¬†say it is very informative. It is fairly good for it’s size and purpose. It is not a book to buy if you want to get as much information on those decades as possible. This is for either new students who want to start somewhere or a fashion veteran who will keep this for the beauty of it.¬†

Illustration: Every second page, good quality photographs.


  • The Premise of the Book –¬†5
  • Execution –¬†4
  • General Look, Value for Money – 4
  • Illustration – 4
  • In All¬†– 4,2

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