Vintage Fashion Designs

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This fantastic collection encompasses womenswear designs from the 1940s and 1950s by designers Brenda Grant and C. Keeling.

The varied fashions include day dresses, evening wear, underwear, nightdresses and beachwear. The drawings are confident and show real design flair – the stylised models in modish pose, with sleek, geometric silhouettes.

The beautiful 1940s drawings by C. Keeling epitomise the glamour of an era which celebrated the female hour-glass figure, with nipped in high waist tops, full hips and gorgeous flowing skirts. In the face of wartime privations, these designs show a desire to embrace a lighter and more indulgent side of living.

The fabulous 1950s designs by Brenda Grant showcase cinched waists, smart pencil skirts, and glamorous full evening gowns, reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

They are also a wonderful insight into the history of fashion design, the craft of a garment designer and the art of the presentation board.