The 1940s in fashion history:
Exaggerated shoulder pads. Squared shoulders and narrow hips created more masculine look than the feminine silhouette of the 1930s. The "New Look" by Dior launched by 1948.
The leading fashion designers of 1940s:
Jaques Fath, Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior and Jean Desses were among the most influential fashion designers and brands of the 1940s.
Final developments of Streamline Moderne, or Art Moderne consequent to Art Deco.
- Fashionable dances of the 1940s: Rumba, Swing, Waltz, Jive.
- Most influential new art movements of the 1940s: Abstract art ( formation of the early Abstract Expressionism), Surrealism.