Since Jean Harlow’s birthday just passed by (March 3rd) I thought I’d do a post on her iconic 1930s style and how you can put together a similar look for a vintage themed wedding. Known as the “Blond Bombshell” , this sex symbol of the silver screen was known for her slinky, curve hugging bias cut gowns designed by famous costumer, Adrian. She claimed to not wear undergarments, so as not to ruin the […]
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OOOOO! It’s time for another fantastic Kerry Taylor Auction. Always offering the cream of the crop in vintage couture, this December 4th there will be dresses by Chanel, Dior, Vionnet, Poiret, Balenciaga, Yves St Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Ossie Clark, Jean Muir, Zandra Rhondes, and many other designers. Also antique textiles, jewelry and Hermes and Gucci handbags. And if you can’t get to London for the sale, you can bid online via Invaluable.com. […]
A while back I did a post about desginer Gilbert Adrian, and his fabulous fashions from the 1940s. And it’s not surprising women were drawn to his creations. Because from 1928-1941 he was the couturier for some of the most famous stars in Hollywood. His unforgettable costumes epitomized the glamour of the Golden Era of films. Known just as “Adrian” this man certainly had the talent for making a woman look sensational and beautiful!
One of my favorite eras for shoes is the 1940s. And out of all the shoe styles in the 40’s I really love peep toe platform heels, a style that is, fortunately, still popular till this day. Though that sexy peep toe, slingback platform sandal that one thinks of as an iconic 40’s look really started in the 1930s. Back in the late 30s because stockings had reinforced toes and heels, many thought this […]
It’s no surprise that my favorite Oscar fashions are the ones that embody retro glamour, styles that have the look of elegance and sophistication reminiscent of gowns worn during the “golden era” of Hollywood films. Since I hardly ever see lots of dresses I like at one awards ceremony, I was pleasantly surprised to see so many actresses hit the red carpet this year dressed in this classic style. Below are my top favorite fashions […]
This ad caught my eye while browsing through a Vogue Magazine from 1947. It’s for a stackable makeup kit by Jacqueline Cochran Cosmetics called the “Perk Up Stick.” I was fascinated by the product because I love the idea of a portable little beauty kit that can fit right in your overnight bag or purse. It includes just enough cleansing cream, foundation, night cream, cream rouge and face powder to last the weekend! It’s […]
In 1940, American designers were still following the dictates of Paris who were under restrictions for fabric rationing because of World War II. So US fashions that year were inspired by the Paris collections that were showing a narrower silhouette, shorter, less full skirts, shoulder pads and generous use of rayons and other synthetics, since natural fibers were saved for military use only.
The Paris collections in spring of 1940 would be the last for […]
Here are some lovely illustrations by Jean Des Vignes for McCall’s 1931 dress patterns. After the straighter, shorter chemise type dresses of the early to mid 1920s, hemlines started to drop and 1930’s fashions evolved into a more body conscious silhouette. The waist came out of hiding and bias cut fabrics, many in silk, lace, crepe and satin, resulted in beautiful flowing skirts that closely followed the curves of a woman’s hips. The bias cut […]
Just got my latest newsletter from Dancestore.com and they’ve got some fab new styles of Aris Allen dance shoes. I already own several pairs in some of their other styles, so I can attest to their quality.
I’m totally smitten with these 1930s inspired T straps. They also come in white and black, with a choice of either a synthetic or suede sole. Very reasonably priced at $74.95.
My latest issue of InStyle magazine is touting the “moon” manicure as a hot fashion trend for fall. Also, referred to as a “reverse French” manicure, it originally became popular with movie actresses in the 1920s.
In the 1930s women often painted just the center of the nail, leaving the moon and tip bare. Filling in the […]