1960s Fashion History Pictures 1965 Costume Plates
By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com
1960s Costume History Fashion Plates - Pictures
Tailleur fashion plates are coat and costume (suits) trade plates from Autumn 1965.
They show quite dressy, but timeless images which were very typical of clothing
for more mature groomed women of the early sixties.
The suit was a fashionable all purpose elegant ensemble and it was often enhanced with a
matching or toning three quarter or full length coat. Collars were frequently
trimmed with beaver lamb or mink and cuffs were often deep and plush.
Buttons were also used as accents.
In addition to trimming ladies suits and coats, mink was often
used to make mink jewellery brooches. In the photograph left and circa
1964/5 this young woman wears a black cocktail dress trimmed with fur. Fur
was also used on dress hemlines too.
The green suit in the header is also very much of the era.
Notice how some of the suit jackets are boxier and straighter tapering to the
hip rather than showing the more hour glass silhouette of c1950-1960.
1960s Fashion History Drawings - 1965
Use these Tailleur images below as inspiration for fashion designing and
They have an early 1960s fashion feel for more mature women. All the images will expand to fit an A4 sheet when printed out.
Click the thumbnails for those enlargements. The mini skirt length was not really an
fashion when these trade plates were designed for a more
conservative mature market.
These trade fashion plates were
probably directed at a more mature market. The Tailleur 1965
book cover they come from states that the patterns were
available only in UK size16 (Europe 44) and 20 (48) only.
larger size 20 would have been aimed at the plus size fashion
market then known as the Outsize Retail Trade. One major fashion
store of the era and now called
Evans used to
be named Evans Outsizes.
The suits and coats here do follow the general lines of the day,
but should be regarded as more usually worn by groomed women
rather than younger girls.
This photograph above was taken circa 1959/61 and you
can see the suits and coats have very similar lines to the trade
fashion plates above. We can therefore conclude that these
fashions were probably 'classic' in styling and possibly lagging
2 or 3 years behind. The
drawings on the
1962 page are more reflective of clothes younger women might
have worn in this time frame.
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