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How Fashion Has Changed: What Are These Kids Thinking?

December 20, 2013 | Author: | Posted in Clothing

Host Lon Woodbury and co-host Elizabeth McGhee from L.A. Talk Radio spoke with Betty Kreisel Shubert on the subject of just “what are these kids thinking?” The interview covered the topic of how fashion in America has actually altered each generation until we now have teens that wear anything from startling Mohawks to bizarre black Gothic clothing. Host Lon Woodbury is an Independent Educational Consultant for Struggling Teens, Inc. while co-host Liz McGhee is Admissions Director for Sandhill Child Development Centre in New Mexico.

Betty Kreisel Shubert

Since the 1930s, Betty has been a mainstay in clothing design in Hollywood. Now at the age of 88, she is a renowned clothing and costume designer, fashion historian and author. Her recent book, “Out of Style: A Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved” has won rave reviews in the fashion industry. Additionally, as a regular columnist for Ancestry Magazine, she helps identify the date of early photographs by the clothes people wore.

Just What Are These Kids Thinking?

Betty described the fashion trends in America from the 1800s to our current time. She also talked about her job as a designer of apparel for stage, screen, TV specials, Las Vegas musicals, ready-to-wear manufacturers, and Disneyland. In the film, “Gone With The Wind,” she designed signature clothes, featuring corsets that were especially developed to allure and fascinate men. Besides her work as a costume designer in show business, she has designed company uniforms for cruise ships, race courses, resorts, restaurants and casinos worldwide.

She talked about how each era produces a distinct look prior to designers getting bored and then doing the reverse. She commented on a range of styles that showed America’s social shifts, from the flapper age when ladies revealed their legs as a result of the women’s liberation movement to today’s relatively simple clothing style of jackets, t-shirts, and jeans. Talking about adolescents, she described how youths dress to harmonize with their colleagues to get attention even if it’s wearing questionable oufits or salacious clothing.


Anybody curious about the psychology and sociology of apparel down the ages, especially why teens dress in surprising and bizarre ways today, will certainly appreciate this exciting discussion. An expert on the apparel styles from the 1800′s to today, Betty expounded with humor, drollness, and aphorisms on the show’s theme: “What Are These Kids Thinking?”

Lon Woodbury, the founder of Struggling Teens hosts a weekly L.A. Talk Radio show for people to listen to at their convenience.


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