(b–c) Saks Fifth Avenue American

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American ready-to-wear became even more abundant during the 1950s and retailers were sure to offer a variety of silhouettes to their clients. In addition to the New Look, there was also a slim, fitted silhouette and a boxy style. In 1957, Balenciaga introduced the sack back dress and reproductions were quickly distributed. A fresh look, women began buying this new dress by the thousand, threatening the full-skirted silhouette. Featured here is an example of this style in a colorful floral pattern, complete with matching pumps.

Dress, (b–c) Saks Fifth Avenue (American, founded 1924), silk, American

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