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Milliken ~ Womenswear Adverts [1947-1949]

“And best of all… it’s Milliken!”
These ads for Milliken women’s fashions date from 1947-49.

I. Magnin ~ Womenswear Adverts [1947-1948]

These ads for I. Magnin women’s fashions date from 1947-48.

Fashions In Orbit [Ebony, 1965]

“Italian designers capture tone of ‘way out’ world.”
Space-age fashions from Ebony magazine, October 1965.

Aralac ~ Womenswear Adverts [1945-1946]

“It’s Aralac!”
These black and white ads are for a fabric called Aralac and featured womenswear by a variety of designers. They date from 1945-46.

Forstmann Woolen Company ~ Womensear Adverts [1944-1956]

“The finest woollens in the world.”
This long running ad campaign by Forstmann Woolen Company dates from 1944-56, and ran from September to April each year. The ads had a background of three swathes of fabric with a model wearing clothes made from them.

Forstmann Woolen Company ~ Womenswear Adverts [1943-1944]

“Loomed For You”
This ad campaign by Forstmann Woolen Company dates from 1943-44. Each ad was participially framed with woollen fabric.

Forstmann Woolen Company ~ Womenswear Adverts [1941-1942]

“For Lines That Live”
This ad campaign by Forstmann Woollen Company dates from 1941-42. Each ad featured a selection of black and white photographs of the same outfit from a different shoot.

White Swan Uniforms ~ Adverts [1970’s-1980’s]

“Professionally styled for cool efficiency.”
These ads for White Swan Uniforms are from 1971-88.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Ponchos, Cloaks & Shawls [1967-1977]

Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for ponchos, cloaks and shawls. They date from 1967-77.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Fashions For Her [1967-1977]

“Get with fashion’s newest rage. These handknits fly off your fingers with supersonic speed.”
Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for Women’s fashion. They date from 1967-77.

Boutique Dress Shops, Tampa Bay ~ Adverts [1980’s]

“Unique clothing for women of distinction.”
This fine selection of boutique dress shop ads are from Tampa Bay Magazine, dating between 1986-88.

Clock House At C&A ~ Adverts [1980’s]

“No matter how fast the fashion trends change, Clockhouse keeps you right in style.”
These C&A “Clock House” womenswear ads are all from UK teen music magazine Smash Hits, dating from 1983-85.

The Machine Knitting Book by John Allen [1985]

“How to design and create beautiful garments on your knitting machine.”
I bought this book a few weeks back, one look at the cover and I knew it had to be mine! It’s surprisingly informative even if the designs are now dated. Plus, I own a knitting machine so may even come in useful if ever I decide to knit myself a Batwing jumper…

Acrilan ~ Womenswear Adverts [1956]

“Now… jersey you can wash and wear!”
These three ads for Acrilan (a synthetic acrylic fibre) are from 1956 and each feature three women wearing contrasting coloured clothing.

Acrilan ~ Womenswear Adverts [1955]

“A luxury sweater of Acrilan.”
These four ads for Acrilan are from 1955. Each advert featured a film star wearing an Acrilan sweater and the film they were currently staring in.

Borgana ~ Womenswear Adverts [1950’s]

“Looks more like fur than fur itself.”
These ads for Borgana fake fur coats are from 1954-57.

Retro Yuletide Jumpers [1950’s-1980’s]

Here is a fine selection of images from the front of festive knitting patterns.I just can’t decide which one I love most! Not that I’d ever wear one…