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Source:  The Washington Post

A generic gray flannel suit epitomized the tradition-bound 1950s. The 1940s war effort was made personal by women’s stingily crafted dresses — cut so as to leave ample fabric for uniforms, parachutes, and everything else needed during World War II.

Fashion has always reflected social change. But over the last few years, its symbolism, its intellectual resonance, and its joyous verve have been enjoying newfound respect.

Now, fashion gets its own four-part docuseries on CNN. “American Style” begins tonight with two episodes and concludes Jan. 20. The cable news channel has turned its attention to fashion as a way of exploring the decades from the 1940s to now.

“American Style” zips through fashion history, pausing along the way to draw connections between zoot suits and racism, miniskirts and sex, Sunday bests, and the Civil Rights movement.

Read the story at The Washington Post. 

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