Tag Archives: 1939

The New Look before 1947

I love this picture of Elsie de Wolfe’s party in Paris from July 1939 because it shows how the postwar ‘New Look’ silhouette was already underway before the war stymied style and forced a different direction in fashion for the … Continue reading

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Shop Windows – Knocking off Schiaparelli in 1939

I ran across this undated window of Arnold Constable & Co. and I suspect these are knock-offs of Schiaparelli’s summer 1939 collection that was inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Eiffel tower”

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Somewhere Over My Price Range…

The blue and white gingham dress worn by 17 year old Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz in 1939, sold for U.S. $480,000 this past weekend. It had been in storage since 2005 when it was sold in London … Continue reading

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A zesty dress…

This photo from a 1939 National Geographic shows a young woman dressed in a gown made from grapefruit peels, apparently woven together, although exactly how it was made is not known. The dress was made to celebrate Rio Grande Delta’s harvest season, … Continue reading

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Fashion S.O.S. – Steven Arpad

A couple of years ago images of shoes dating from 1939 and designed by Steven Arpad, started appearing on the net. They were fantastic creations from the Brooklyn Museum of Art collection, but when that collection was transferred to the … Continue reading

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