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Fashion Silhouettes 1946 - Timeline Drawings

By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com

Fashion Silhouettes 1946 - Timeline Drawings

For this webpage I have drawn a variety of mid 1940's fashion shapes capturing the elements of silhouettes found in old magazines such as Le Petit Echo de la Mode, Butterick and McCall's pattern books of the day.  Costume drawings, magazine covers and fashion plates of 1946 all equally act as a source of inspiration for making your own drawings.  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 1946 creating costume history detail which also makes them very useful when dating the line of vintage dress.

Like many costume enthusiasts, I sometimes need a basic costume history line image for a specific year.  These mid 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 1946 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., or as part of any electronic material such as a CD, DVD, TV show, videos, YouTube item, ebooks, websites or similar.  
You are reading an original 1946 fashion silhouette page drawn by Pauline Weston Thomas for www.fashion-era.com 2009 ©.

In post war years mid 1940 styles began to gain volume and within a year the world would be entranced with the work of Dior and the New Look of 1947.  As war took hold garments became rationed and women became most inventive at making do and mending. 

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.

1946 Fashion Silhouettes

Fashion Silhouettes Timeline Drawings 1946

You may use these 1946 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., or as part of any electronic material such as a CD, DVD, TV show, videos, YouTube item, ebooks, websites or similar.  You are reading an original 1946 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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You may use these 1946 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., or as part of any electronic material such as a CD, DVD, TV show, videos, YouTube item, ebooks, websites or similar. You are reading an original 1946 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.
 

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Date added 1 July 2009 - Ref: P.722

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