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Fashion Silhouettes 1943 - Timeline Drawings

By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com

Fashion Silhouettes 1943 - Timeline Drawings

For this webpage I have drawn a variety of 1943 fashion silhouettes capturing looks found in old magazines such as Le Petit Echo de la Mode, Butterick and McCall's pattern books of the day.  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 1943 creating costume history detail which also makes them very useful when dating the fashion history line of vintage dress. Costume drawings, magazine covers and fashion plates of 1943 all equally act as a source of inspiration for making your own drawings. 

Like many costume enthusiasts, I sometimes need a basic costume history line image for a specific year.  These 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 1943 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., nor used as part of any electronic material such as a CD, DVD, TV show, videos, YouTube topic/video, ebooks, websites or similar.
You are reading an original 1943 fashion silhouette page drawn by Pauline Weston Thomas for www.fashion-era.com 2009 ©.

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.

1943 Fashion Silhouettes

Fashion Silhouettes Timeline Drawings 1943

You may use these 1943 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., nor used as part of any electronic material such as a CD, DVD, TV show, videos, YouTube topic/video, ebooks, websites or similar. 
You are reading an original 1943 fashion silhouette page drawn by Pauline Weston Thomas for www.fashion-era.com 2009-2013©.

© Copyright www.fashion-era.com 2009.

By 1943 the suit was am important functioning part of a woman's everyday wardrobe. It could be dressed up or down and it was practical and warm to wear. The jacket could hide a less than perfect piece of well worn knitwear or a threadbare blouse. The jacket line of suits was simple and fairly form fitting.

 

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To add interest to 1943 dresses the scallop shape was sometimes used as a creative button facing. Skirt lengths remained on the knee.

Edge to edge coats like the one illustrated left above enabled manufacturers to carefully use minimal fabric and sometimes in quality wool utility garments simply fold under the selvedge or bind it.

The simple sheath evening dress is a straight column of fabric and with the drop shoulder cap sleeve is one of the easiest and most economical styles of all to construct.  These body outlines are suitable for creating retro garments of the World War II era.

You may use these 1943 fashion history silhouettes in personal school or college class projects, but they must not be reproduced in printed book form matter, as greetings cards, gift wrap etc., nor used as part of any electronic material such as a CD, DVD, TV show, videos, YouTube topic/video, ebooks, websites or similar. 
You are reading an original 1943 fashion silhouette page drawn by Pauline Weston Thomas for www.fashion-era.com 2009-2013 ©.

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.

© Copyright www.fashion-era.com 2009.

Date Added 1 July 2009 - Ref: P.719

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