But in the new world, you would never see a woman's legs. In fact, you would never see her at all. The decade saw the rise of the movie star, both acting and looking. Barbara Hepworth, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe all became increasingly famous between the late '40s and the early '60s. They were stars, not just for their acting skills, but for their looks. They were the mirror images of the American dream, and the ideal female. Every outfit they wore was planned, tested, carefully studied to find the perfect combination of sexiness and dressiness.
You know, a lot of people have been trying lately to imagine what the fifties would be like. Would there be a war? Would Elvis really go to the moon? And what about television? Would we be watching Dick Clark on American Bandstand, or would there be several different channels with different programs? Would we be watching I Love Lucy, or Gilligan's Island? Would we be watching The Ed Sullivan Show, or would there be only one channel? You know, the fifties? Well, I decided to ask some people who lived in the fifties what they thought the fifties would be like.
Of course, this means that when you are not at work, you can dress and behave as you please. The one exception is your interview with Ms. Sells. You will probably not be wearing anything special, but it is always best to be prepared in case you are.
It seems that the 1950s were an era of contradictions, simultaneously futuristic and nostalgic. Fashion became more glamorous, and the new, waist-concealing double-breasted suit was in vogue. The leather skirt was a hit at the fancy clubs. Vamping became the new norm, and a hip new brand of food came along to help Americans cope with the stress of being a teenager. The 1950s also saw the return of the perfectly coiffed teen-age girl. The first large-scale social study of teenage girls, conducted by the US Office of Education, showed that the average teen-aged girl of that period was more privileged than her counterparts in the 1920s and prior. Nevertheless, the perils of growing up came to the fore in terms of physical and sexual development, and the 1950s saw the dawn of cosmetic surgery in the US, while the use of birth control became more widespread. The period also saw the rise of the teen-age girl as a popular culture hero. Though Marilyn Monroe was the face of the era, it was a time also remembered for the number of teen-aged pin-ups from the 1950s. The era also saw an increase in popular interest in astrology, and the birth of the modern leisure activity of rollerblading. 827ec27edc