These dresses give a woman a beautiful hourglass figure, which was the desired shape of the time. I believe this is a much more healthy and womanly look to aspire to, instead of the rectangle, boyish and stick thin look girls have to look up to in the world of 21st century fashion.
In my opinion, I think the dresses promoted a womanly, healthy shape in the 1950's and the huge female celebrities of the time such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn were role models for the women of that day and therefore most normal everyday women didn't starve themselves to fit into a size 0 dress like so many do today.
As this picture shows, most British women are now the boyish, rectangle shape whereas only 9% are the 1950's fashionable hourglass figure in today's society. I believe this is due to the female role models of today such as the stick thin Victoria Beckham, Keira Knightley and Kate Moss that girls and women all over Britain aspire to be like.
If you put a picture of Elizabeth Taylor by Kate Moss, the vast deterioration of health, beauty and respect for one's own body is blindingly clear. I believe women are trying to copy celebrity figures and apply this body shape in their own lives to achieve the same admiration and compliments celebrities receive, whereas in reality the compliments are false and made only from media platforms for transparent reasons such as networking and creating friendly connections with celebrities to make professional progress in their career. Celebrities are used and bought with compliments from the media but this false or exaggerated admiration is understandably misinterpreted by modern day women (as celebrities gain admiration and fame due to their 'beauty') and this is how the unhealthy obsession for being stick thin is formed.
Elizabeth Taylor and Kate Moss - 1950's and 2010's body figures.