Note: this post originally appeared here in February 2016.
I find vintage fashion illustrations entertaining to look at. They clearly show their era in the fashions but often in a fun and colorful way.
The ladies in the illustration above look ready to cut out and place in a tableau. These illustrations are from a 1949 Vogue Pattern magazine I found at Art Parts Reuse Center in Boulder. I bought two Vogue pattern magazines in rough condition, June-July 1949 and February-March 1950, to use in collage. The fashions shown might also inspire new dolls in the future.
Here are two pages from the 1950 issue. Look at those peplums! The cool hats! These models display the 1950's classic bent-forward-at-the-waist style that I call the "I have a cramp" pose :)
Here is another double-page spread from the 1950's issue. These crepe patterns display beautiful draping at the chest and waist. How pretty the dresses were back then!