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Fear, fashion and design in the Cold War
  • The National Archives, Bessant Dr, Kew
    TW9 4DU
This talk will explore how Cold War attitudes shaped the body, home and environment.

In 1946, the Parisian designer Louis Reart named a two-piece swimsuit after a nuclear test site - 'Bikini'. Nearly 20 years later, fashion designers Andre Courreges and Pierre Cardin created a 'space age look' with plastic dresses, silver boots, visors and helmets, The conditions of the Cold War - from nuclear anxiety to technological optimism - infiltrated fashion and design in numerous ways in the period. This talk will explore how Cold War attitudes shaped the body, home and environment.

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