Music is the lasting defining factor of the 1950s and much of the fashion is popular amongst those who like to dress in vintage styles. The early fifties can be defined by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Doris Day, showing that swing music was incredibly popular during this time. In high contrast, rock and roll came into the mainstream later on the in the decade thanks to Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll himself!
When dressing in a 1950s fancy dress style, many people shape their costumes and clothes on those seen in the classic film Grease. Swing dresses, cat-eye sunglasses, curly hair, quiffs and leather are all used to recreate the fashion of the time. The film, of course, was made in the late 70s, but it is the perfect representation of the school and college environment in the late 50s.
If you’re looking to create a 1950s style party but are unsure where to start, decide whether it’s based in the early or later 50s. If it’s earlier; encourage suits and smart clothing.
If it’s later, use Grease for inspiration to see the kind of clothes people were wearing to celebrate the outrageous music that was being introduced to the country at the time!