Detail: A pair of 1940s bakelite *galalith clip-on drop earrings in a gorgeous starburst of black and gold, with matching stud. The starbust pattern is derived from a technique that fuses together the two colours into a solid object. Very Rare. The clip backs are constructed from silver and chrome.
Colour: Black, Gold
Material: Bakelite / *Galalith
Size: Drop 5cm excluding stud.
* Galalith is a synthetic plastic material manufactured from casein and formaldehyde
1940s: The first half of the decade was dominated by WWII . Styles echoed military uniforms and was almost utilitarian. Fabrics were rationed in the UK and thus simple designs dominated fashion during this time, with an emphasis on beautiful tailoring. Post-war, fashion came back with a bang. In 1947, Dior launched his 'The New look' collection; perhaps the most controversial fashion statement made to date. It proposed absolute femininity and extravagance at a time that was still recovering from a period of limitation, yet the new-look demolished pre 1947 styles over night. Billowing skirts, narrow waists, padded hips and rounded shoulders changed fashion in a moment and has influenced it ever since.
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