The 50’s fashion and entertainment scene was not always a hit with men.
Men had a tendency to be more accepting of the female gaze during this time.
While fashion was seen as a male-dominated sphere, it was not the sole domain of women.
Women were allowed to dress as they liked in the 80s, 90s and 00s, and this allowed women to be creative and fashion forward without being judged as “feminine.”
It was an era of “femininity” that was not reserved for women.
Now, though, the era is being celebrated in fashion and pop culture.
From Beyonce to Calvin Klein, there is an emphasis on feminine and masculine identities, and a focus on the role of fashion in promoting those identities.
In an interview with Vice Magazine, author and fashion historian Laura M. Johnson shared her take on the era.
“The idea that fashion was a male domain was never true, in the 50s and 60s, but the idea that men were supposed to be the sole owners of their own personal aesthetic and lifestyle, the idea of women as mere extensions of men, is one that has been reinforced,” Johnson said.
“And now we’re celebrating it.
There’s a lot of things that are really interesting about the 50’s.
But the reality is that it was a time when women could dress as their hearts desire and express themselves.”
Johnson was a fashion critic for Vanity Fair and Glamour in the 1980s, when the fashion industry was in its infancy.
She spoke to VICE about the changing times in the industry, the 50 s style and the influence of pop culture on fashion.VICE: What inspired you to write this book?
Laura M. Wilson: I was really struck by the amount of diversity and inclusivity in the fashion world.
I was also inspired by the cultural significance of the fashion 50s.
The first 50s show, that was so groundbreaking in the history of fashion.
In the 60s and 70s, it just wasn’t the same.
But I was drawn to it because of the diversity of it.
I started thinking about the fact that fashion is an extension of what we see in pop culture: women in heels, girls in dresses, girls on high heels, guys in suits, guys on sneakers, men on leather, guys playing guitar, boys in swimsuits.
That is something I want to write about.
So I really wanted to be a writer on the fashion 40s.VICE of the time, the fashion designer Calvin Klein.
What were some of the most popular designers in the period?
Laura Wilson: There was a lot that was really interesting, and it was just an evolution of how fashion was done, but also the fact we’re all influenced by pop culture at this point in time.
So, Calvin Klein was one of my favorite designers.
He did something really cool that was also about fashion.
And he really took it in an artistic direction, which is really cool to see in the era of Instagram.
There were so many other designers who took it to another level.
It was interesting to see how fashion, fashion trends, and fashion is changing in the 20th century.
There are so many people who are taking it seriously and putting themselves into the shoes of designers like Calvin Klein in a way that is completely different from what was going on in the 60’s.VICE Of the fashion-obsessed designers of today, who are you trying to get to know?
Laura, you have an amazing sense of taste, and you also have a sense of humor.
Is there anything you’d like to tell people about your time at Vanity Fair?
Laura: There’s definitely a certain amount of that that goes into your life.
And you have to understand that, and know what you’re doing.
I think you have that balance of being a journalist who is interested in the people who dress, but at the same time not thinking too much about the people dressed.
I had to make it work in order to keep going.VICE.
What was the first time you took a picture?
I just wanted to say that I loved that picture.
I thought that was one that would be really fun to share.
That was a fun one.
That’s what you do.