New York’s fashion scene was all the rage in the ’40s and ’50s, but for the majority of that decade, women’s fashion was still a boys’ club.
The era of the supermodel and the supercut, the couture couture, and the designer’s own runway shows had already created a lot of hype for fashion shows, but it was the fashion designers themselves who were really putting on a show for the masses.
For the first time in history, the fashion scene wasn’t dominated by men, so fashion designers could focus their efforts on girls, not on male models.
But this wasn’t a problem exclusive to women.
While fashion designers had a number of women’s-only fashion shows on the calendar, for the most part they focused on the female models who made up the majority (if not all) of the models at the show.
So what was going on in the industry?
“The girls didn’t go on the shows to see what the men did,” said Anna Sorenson, who teaches fashion history at the University of Pennsylvania.
“They went on to see their fellow women.
There was an emphasis on the girls.
I mean, if you look at the number of girls who appeared in fashion shows between 1910 and 1950, that number is almost always quite low.”
The fashion industry, by and large, saw itself as the male-dominated arena of the day.
“It’s a big leap to think about women as the ones who go on shows,” said Kristin Phelan, a professor of history at Stony Brook University.
“That’s kind of ridiculous.”
And while the fashion industry had a very diverse array of models in the 1920s, it was not always a pretty picture.
A large number of models appeared in advertisements for products that had been banned from the marketplace, like the “mushroom pill” (later dubbed the “diet pill”), which was deemed a “disease” by the American Psychiatric Association.
Women were often cast as the “lady of the house” at these shows, said Elizabeth K. Anderson, a sociology professor at the College of William & Mary.
But while there were plenty of women who came to New York Fashion Week for the shows, they were often relegated to the sidelines.
And it was often women who wore the clothes, not the men.
For example, when it came to the new fashion trend for “bikini tops,” many women wore skirts and no tops.
And many of the women who were featured in the shows were actually dressed like the ladies in the ads.
“In those days, there was a very specific aesthetic for the ladies,” said Anderson.
The problem with a female-only show was that it was an attempt to make the show more like a ladies’ club, where women were not seen as the equals of men.
Instead, it looked like the women were in charge of the show, rather than the other way around.
When it comes to today’s fashion, women are still expected to show up, but not as the leader or a leading lady.
For some designers, the women are considered the ones to be looked up to, and that’s the ideal.
It was this attitude that caused many women to think twice about attending the shows.
In the 1950s and 1960s, many women were working for women’s organizations, so they often did not want to be seen as wearing the wrong thing.
And there were also many men who didn’t want to appear at the shows at all.
But the fashion shows of the 1930s and 1940s were more inclusive of women than ever before.
“There were lots of women designers who had a huge amount of influence on what came out of the industry,” said Sorenstein.
“So the fact that they were still doing the shows was a sign of respect.”
“I would say the number one reason why women are not allowed to appear in these shows is that it’s really a men’s show,” said Phelans.
“I mean, you’re not allowed in a women’s show unless you’re a model or a modeless.
And that’s not the case in any other industry.”
Even the fashion house that was traditionally responsible for the design of the runway showed an openness to women at the start of the era.
In fact, the first woman to run a runway in New York was a man named Sarah J. Schreiber, who ran the fashion show for a short period in 1935.
Schreiber had already been working as a model for the company before she began running the show in 1935, and in 1937, she made the debut at the company’s Fashion Week.
The women’s designers, on the other hand, were often considered to be the “women in charge” of the designs, and they had more to do with the look than the designers themselves.
In fact, one of the first designers to