Illustration for 'The Lady' magazine
Pen and ink on paper
Museum no. E.1602-1954
The coats illustrated here are typical of the 1950s. The coat on the right has sloping shoulders and a long, full skirt, reflecting the prevalent 1950s silhouette. It would have accommodated a voluminous 'New Look' style skirt underneath it. The coat on the left hangs from the shoulders, and would have been worn over narrower pencil skirts or day dresses.
Women usually wore hats outdoors in the 1950s, and the small pill-box type (as seen here) was very fashionable.