Although brief, I have a new found love for this video that represents Christian Dior and Balenciaga fashion from the 1950s. The styles that they show in this video bring about a nostalgic sentiment even though I obviously never lived during that era of time! I think it has to do with the fact that fashion has come full circle, and more than once. You see these vintage styles used and recycled with a contemporary twist all of the time in runway shows today. I have always adored the ’50s era of time mainly due in part for the fashion and post-war innocence. Fashion runway shows haven’t always been around in the format that we’re so used to seeing today. Decades and centuries ago, “fashion parades” were generally what were used to show off the latest looks by top designers, particularly in Paris Couture salons. Americans really spawned the trend of runway shows (don’t be so shocked! The French don’t do it all in fashion, you know). Anyway, I love the “Dior shoulder line”, the “wool ensembles” and that satin cocktail dress is to die! Also, did you notice the opening line in this video?: “Fashions push politics off the front pages in Paris” ..hm, interestingly enough, my blog name is not a play on words from this newsreel yet I find it interesting that I created a distinction that actually had significance in the social news of the world in the ’50s when fashion rose to such a height that it overthrew the importance of politics in the news. :)!