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 Fashion in the period 1900–1909 continued the long elegant lines of the 1890s. Tall, stiff collars characterize the period, as do women's broad hats and full "Gibson Girl" hairstyles. A new, columnar silhouette in the 1920's signaled the abandonment of the corset. The 1930s to the end of World War II paid attention to the shoulders, with butterfly sleeves and banjo sleeves, and exaggerated shoulder pads by the 1940s. The period also saw the first widespread use of man-made fibers, especially rayon for dresses and synthetic nylon stockings. The zipper became widely used. In 1947, Christian Dior launched a new collection known as the "New Look," characterized by a full-skirt, pointed bust, small waist, and rounded shoulder line.

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