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Most people’s images of ’40s fashions come from iconic images of the era—Mrs. Miniver’s brave little suits, say, or the rumpled uniforms of that kissing sailor and nurse in Times Square on V-E Day. The Kennedy Center’s Fabulous! Fashions of the 1940s From the Museum at FIT uses our common perceptions as a starting point—early-decade clothes “represent the purposefulness and hope of the American people during the war years,” the press release notes. But the period also encompassed postwar prosperity and the rise of new social movements, and the show includes European and American designers’ innovative styles in sportswear, evening wear, and day wear, notably Dior’s New Look. Ellen Shanley, curator of costume at New York’s Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, will lecture and lead tours of the show this weekend. Look beyond Rosie the Riveter from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (through April 15; see City List for other dates) in the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. (Caroline Schweiter)