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1950s vintage fashion from LIFE magazine.
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Caption from LIFE. "Ermine Collar, rhinestone buttons add formal note to tweed suit (Capri, $135). White plush hat (Sally Victor, $50) goes with street or theater suits."Nina Leen—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
1950s vintage fashion from LIFE magazine.
1950s vintage fashion from LIFE magazine.
1950s vintage fashion from LIFE magazine.
1950s vintage fashion from LIFE magazine.
1950s vintage fashion from LIFE magazine.
1950s vintage fashion from LIFE magazine.
1950s vintage fashion from LIFE magazine.
1950s vintage fashion from LIFE magazine.
1950s vintage fashion from LIFE magazine.
1950s vintage fashion from LIFE magazine.
Sept. 11, 1950 cover of LIFE magazine.
Caption from LIFE. "Ermine Collar, rhinestone buttons add formal note to tweed suit (Capri, $135). White plush hat (Sall
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LIFE: Revisiting 'American Elegance' in 1950s Fashion

Oct 22, 2012

America lacks the couture history of European nations, and, as a result, its fashion output has often been seen as more casual and less decadent, compared to collections from French and Italian design houses. That distinction was challenged in the fall of 1950, though, when designers unveiled clothing that had "taken on a quality of unmistakable elegance" which was also "unmistakably American," according to the Sept. 11, 1950 issue of LIFE. In a photo essay that featured mink-trimmed satin coats, tweed suits and rhinestone buttons, Nina Leen's photographs captured American fashion at its finest—and most fabulous.

Nina Leen LIFE Magazine Nina Leen—LIFE Magazine 
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