Dresses are seen as feminine garments, some ladies only sport them for special occassions whilst others won't be seen dead in a dress these days. Yet back in the mid 20th century it was trousers that caused a stir. Starting in wartime Britain when women took to trousers for work, by the 1950s trousers had become a fashion statement, an embroidered manifesto, and by the 1960s it was clear that trousers for women were here to stay.
The Leather Look
Jane here was a pioneer of leather trousers long before Olivia Newton-John. This pair were made by Paul Blanche in Mayfair, perfect for hitting the basement bars after a pleasant afternoon of flower arranging.
Film: Fashions In Leather.
ESSENTIAL VIEWING: The British Pathe Fashion Archive (70 original vintage fashion reels).