Photographed at the "Beauty and the Beast" fashion show in Paris, this image shows a Great Dane owner in a wide skirt, A-line coat and large straw hat. The constructed look of 1950s fashion with the restricted waist and wide skirts made women into the perfect, feminine ideal. However, 1950s women's fashion also functioned as a kind of protection for the woman. The popular, synthetic fabrics, which are most likely worn by the lady in this photograph, were often thick fabrics, unpleasant to the touch. Even though the lady in the photograph is bending down, her dress and coat remain perfectly shaped. Many 1950s couture gowns such as Charles James' designs could stand up on their own accord. The undergarments and elaborate petticoats were more than just visual and almost served as a kind of armour to protect women. Inge Morath, 1954.
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