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writing a book set in 1954...help please?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Most Wanted - Looking for something?' started by James Grove, Jan 5, 2020.

  1. James Grove

    James Grove Registered Guest

    Hi Everyone

    I am currently writing a book. It could loosely be described as an crime story, set in 1954, and involves a female fashion designer. I have found some information on fashions, particularly, the New Look, and have watched some movies from the early 50s to orient myself to the fashions that would be current and filtering into smaller towns. I would be grateful for anyone giving me pointers as to how women would dress, and how their fashions and hair relate to their personality. For example, one female character is very rule-bound while another is racy, and it would be helpful to me to have some opinions on how their fashion sense and hair choices would relate to their personalities. I am just starting out so any information would be helpful.
  2. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    Hi James. FYI, it is becoming expected for writers to pay researchers for this kind of information now.
  3. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG Acting President Staff Member

  4. James Grove

    James Grove Registered Guest

    Thank you both of you, I found the links very helpful. I did not expect replies from your side of the atlantic and that is very welcome. Jonathan, I am happy to pay a researcher but am not sure how this would work? I do not know people here who would research such an area for me. Is there a route into this?
  5. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    Are you in the UK? You could try contacting fashion museums and london school of design to see if there are graduate students or experts of some kind who might be interested. Create a specific list of questions, otherwise the research time needed could get out of hand.
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  6. James Grove

    James Grove Registered Guest

    Thank you, I can investigate but I am not near London. Your museum looks fantastic but I have no plans to visit Canada soon.
  7. kainda

    kainda Registered Guest

    i dont know if this will help but there is a show called "call the midwife " and that is set in the 50s

    "Adapted by Heidi Thomas from the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, this drama series is a moving, funny, colorful look at midwifery and family in 1950s East End London"
    sometimes you get to see some bits on there
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  8. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Administrator Staff Member

    Reading women's magazines of around that year would probably give useful insights. Be aware different magazines have different audiences - eg Vogue vs Woman's Weekly would have different fashion slants. You may be able to find them in libraries or buy copies on ebay. If you are in UK, most libraries have online access to databases of what they hold, and often allow you request items from other libraries across the country.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2020
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  9. There is a service called upworks.com where you hire people from all over the world to do graphic, design,research etc.
  10. GemGem

    GemGem Registered Guest

    I just love the show, the outfits are amazing, even the uniforms are lush!
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