Tag Archives: 1930s

Silver Screen to Mainstream

When we were in Chicago a couple of weeks ago we caught a great exhibition at the Chicago History Museum. The exhibition focussed on American fashion in the 1930s and 1940s, especially styles influenced by Hollywood, although there was a … Continue reading

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Soviet Deco Textiles

There were some amazing textiles created in the late 1920s and very early 1930s in Soviet Russia, particularly between about 1927 and 1930. I have been collecting a file as I come across samples online:

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Why We Look the Way We Do…

I was alerted to an interesting article in the most recent issue of Atlantic Monthly entitled Why We Look the Way We Do Now. The author, Deborah Cohen, links today’s obsession with lean figures as well as many of today’s clothes (bras, … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – ADEFA

Shortly after Germany’s new Nazi government held a boycott of Jewish businesses on April 1, 1933 (primarily to test the public and international reaction to state-sanctioned discrimination), Georg Riegel, a clothier in the Konfektion (ready-to-wear) industry, invited colleagues to establish … Continue reading

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Who wears short shorts – in 1937?

I would love to know the back story on this photo! It was taken in front of the Simpsons department store in Toronto in 1937. I am assuming the two women in the short shorts are chorus girls on a … Continue reading

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Fashion Show Images: 1930s-1940s

Fashions 1930s:1940s

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Film Costume Review – The King’s Speech

Ever since I discovered Merchant Ivory productions in the 1980s I have been a fan of Jennifer Beavan’s costuming work. Originally she worked with John Bright on films like The Bostonians, Maurice, and A Room With a View (for which she shared an … Continue reading

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A ‘brief’ Halloween costume idea!

(Originally blogged October 26, 2010) I ran across this picture from an old newspaper, so excuse the poor quality of the image. It is a promotional shot from 1935 for jockey underwear! Jockey originated as Coopers Inc., a hosiery firm … Continue reading

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Film Costume Review – Me and Orson Welles

(Originally blogged October 13, 2010) Released at the Toronto International Film Festival two years ago, Me and Orson Welles (the grammatically awkward title is from the book the film was based) has finally made it to DVD. Set between November … Continue reading

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