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Drawing Conclusions about Fashion History


Fashion lies. Artistic renderings exaggerate sizes and details, like this illustration of a pair of shoes by Newton Elkin for the label Pandora. The advertisement from September 1, 1954 U.S. Vogue shows a narrow toe and slim, stiletto-like heel, but the real pair have round toes and thicker heels typical of 1954 footwear.


Photography is rarely more accurate as models are pinned into their clothes and hold unnatural poses while the camera uses shadows and blurs parts of the image to create ideal fashion.

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