518RT8lpxPL__SS500_This week our lovely Vintage Librarian Claire Pursglove is taking a look at a reference book on Fifties fashion. If you are a mid-century style lover, could this be one for you?

Fifties Forever: Popular Fashions for Men, Women, Boys & Girls– Roseann Ettinger
 Available from: www.bushwoodbooks.co.uk
UK postage is £2.50, overseas postage is £7.50

Written by a US vintage clothing shop owner who clearly knows her stuff, this neat little book is a great catalogue of Fifties fashion. Each chapter has both images of items from Ettinger’s personal collection, alongside original illustrations from back in the day.

Clothes are divided by gender and age group; the women’s section in particular is fairly detailed, covering everything from maternity wear and nighties to the all-important ‘foundation garments’ – i.e. underwear.

The children’s outfits are also very cute indeed. There is a glossary and each item is priced for reference (although as I’ve said before these are a little outdated now).