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Fashion Silhouettes 1942 - Timeline Drawings

By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com

Fashion Silhouettes 1942 - Timeline Drawings

For this webpage I have drawn some 1942 fashion styles showing elements of silhouettes found in old magazines such as Le Petit Echo de la Mode, Butterick and McCall's pattern books of the day. I have redrawn them in my own style then finally enhanced elements with computer software.

These silhouette costume drawings show just some of the body shape outlines found in 1942 creating costume history detail which also makes them very useful when dating the fashion history line of vintage dress.  Costume drawings, magazine covers and fashion plates of 1942 all equally act as a source of inspiration for making your own drawings. 

Like many costume enthusiasts, I sometimes need a basic costume history line image for a specific year.  These 1940's fashion illustrations should give you a clear understanding of the changing lines and variety of silhouettes.  As a result you can date a picture within a few years.  Each thumbnail enlarges to produce an A4 print and is suitable for colouring in and producing timeline scenes, collage foundation guides or guidelines for amateur dramatics.

You may use these 1942 fashion history silhouettes below in personal school or college class projects, but they must not be reproduced in printed book form matter, as greetings cards, gift wrap etc., nor used as part of any electronic material such as a CD, DVD, TV show, videos, YouTube topic/video, ebooks, websites or similar. 
You are reading an original 1940 fashion silhouette page drawn by Pauline Weston Thomas for www.fashion-era.com 2009 ©.

In 1942 styles began to show even more restricted used of fabric and military styling is very evident. 

My original detailed text information on the 1940s can be found in the main section in Utility Clothing and  there are many more 1940s images including the 1940s fashion plates.

1942 Fashion Silhouettes

Fashion Silhouettes Timeline Drawings 1942

You may use these 1942 fashion history silhouettes below in personal school or college class projects, but they must not be reproduced in printed book form matter, as greetings cards, gift wrap etc., nor used as part of any electronic material such as a CD, DVD, TV show, videos, YouTube topic/video, ebooks, websites or similar. 
You are reading an original 1940 fashion silhouette page drawn by Pauline Weston Thomas for www.fashion-era.com 2009-2013©.

© Copyright www.fashion-era.com 2009.

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Simple classic boxy suits and shirtwaist dresses were favourite styles for daywear in 1942.Fashion Silhouette Drawing - Bridal Wedding Dress 1942

Wartime weddings in Britain were often hurried events. A serviceman came home on 24 hours or 48 hours leave before a long posting away and a 'let's do it now' wedding was often quickly arranged with a special marriage licence.

World War II brides frequently wore recycled wedding gowns to save both coupons, money and time. This wedding dress style shown left was typical of 1942 with the sweetheart neckline and simple slim body silhouette shape was seen throughout the decade. It is quite similar to the dress worn by H.R.H Princess Elizabeth at her wedding in 1947.

Brides also utilised bridesmaid's dresses worn previously by other family or friends. As time passed flowers in short supply were replaced by muffs or heart muff cushions.
See old photos and read about real 1940s weddings.

Guests pooled together precious rations like sugar to help make a wedding cake and wedding receptions were frequently held in a parental front room or were just a drink in a local pub.

 

You may use these 1942 fashion history silhouettes above in personal school or college class projects, but they must not be reproduced in printed book form matter, as greetings cards, gift wrap etc., nor used as part of any electronic material such as a CD, DVD, TV show, videos, YouTube topic/video, ebooks, websites or similar. 
You are reading an original 1940 fashion silhouette page drawn by Pauline Weston Thomas for www.fashion-era.com 2009-2013©.

© Copyright www.fashion-era.com 2009.

Later this year these images will appear in a more convenient offline storage format in a fashion-era PDF format and available for sale here.

Click thumbnails to create A4 enlargements.
 

Date Added 1 July 2009 - Ref: P.718

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