Images from the M&S Company Archive collection, 1955 and 1957.
These advertisements show the emerging fashions of post-war Britain in the 1950’s. Traditional feminine ideals began to re-appear following the war as women returned to the home, and society tried to regain ‘normality’.
Below is further background information about these resources from the M&S Archive:
“Christian Dior’s Corolle collection in Paris influenced our 1950s ‘New Look’ dress. The style emphasised fully pleated skirts and nipped-in waists and made movie-star style fashion accessible to ordinary women.”
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Source: Marks & Spencer Company Archive