Runway Recall: What Menswear Shows Looked Like in the 1950s

We have come a long, long way.

People in the fashion industry really do love complaining about fashion shows and presentations: how they never start on time, how they're always crowded, how the venues are alternately boiling hot or ice cold. But today's shows look like Tony-winning Broadway productions compared to how they were done over half a century ago.

Below, you'll find a video of a menswear show from 1951, when designers staged absurdly intimate presentations in rooms so tiny that the attendees could actually reach out and touch the models. And in fact, you'll see them do just that—more than once—in the video below.

—Details associate online style editor Justin Fenner.

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