| Elegant Thirties
Hour-glass figures and longer
hairstyles were back by demand from glamorous starlets. Body hugging
bias cuts, discovered by Vionnet, were clinging to busts and hips
with mid-calf or floor length hemlines. Backs and shoulders were
bared and covered with fur stoles. Notable designers included Adrian,
Schiparelli, Chanel, Mainbocher and Maggy Rouff.
Web Sites | Books
Web Sites about 1930s Fashions and Culture
RETRO: The Tip Tray
This wonderful web site has features on several eras of
fashion. This short article by Malvina deVries shows how thirties
ladies waved their hair, including detailed instructions to
recreate the look at home.
Ladies Fashions of the 1930s
This essay does a fine job of describing the 1930s look
including design details, influences from movies, the use of
fur, and information on men's fashions.
1920s-1930s Freeware Clip Art on Fashion
Another page linked from the same site, this is nothing
but free images of flapper hair, lingerie, and hosiery and other
finery. Most of this comes off a CD ROM clip art disc, but it
makes things easier to have the images pre-selected and ready
to download for school or personal use.
(NOTE TO LANA - I SEE NOTHING FROM THIS SITE EXCEPT FOR
A FREE STUFF PAGE WITH CLIP ART BUT NOTHING ELSE WITH THI
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Books About 1930s Fashions and Culture
Fashions of the Thirties As...
For this historically accurate sampling of authentic 1930's
fashion, Stella Blum, former Curator of the Costume Institute
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, selected
for reproduction 133 representative pages from rare Sears catalogs
of the period (1933-1939). Hundreds of illustrations record
what men, women, and children were actually wearing in the '30s
when, as a copy line from the fall 1930 catalog proclaimed,
"Thrift is the spirit of the day. Reckless spending is a thing
of the past".
Fashion in the Twenties and Thirties
by Jane Dorner
This is an excellent source that shows the looks of each
decade with photographs and captions. This 1973 book has rare
illustrations and shows quirky items like early sportswear,
wedding attire, and undergarments.
Sourcebooks: The 1930s
by John Peacock
This thin volume is loaded with illustrations and a great
resource for selecting costumes from this era. It includes anything
you ever wanted to own from the thirties, from accessories to
suits. There¼s also a handy index, silhouette chart, and designer
biographies. As former costume director for the BBC in London,
John Peacock knows his clothes.
Schiaparelli Fashion Review: Paper Dolls in Full Color
by Tom Tierny
These full-color fashion dolls are printed one-sided on
heavy cardboard with all your favorite outfits from Schiaparelli.
She created the ultimate merger of art and fashion design, working
with artists like Salvador Dali to create whimsical and outlandish
thirties styles like the shoe hat, a hat shaped shoe and the
tear dress, featuring fabric printed with fake tears.
Vintage Pattern Lending Library
A collection of over 800 antique sewing and needlework patterns
covering periods of 1870 - the late 1940s. Only members may
check out patterns, but paying the fee allows free check out,
discounts on pattern purchases, and the chance to check out
more than one pattern at time. From the teen patterns include
those from rare French fashion magazines and British fashion
patterns. This is a fantastic idea.
The Canadian Virtual Museum - Virtual Fashion Hat Exhibition
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Videos Showing 1930s Fashion and Culture
Bonnie and Clyde
This 1969 movie started a bona fide trend for all things
thirties. With costumes depicting berets, longer skirts, and
other thirties inspired styles, it is credited with starting
the seventies trend for maxi skirts. The clothes are great adaptations
of thirties styles. Rated R.
This vintage movie starring Ginger Rodgers and Fred Astair
shows the glamour of thirties style with formal wear for men
and sleek bias cut gowns for women. Viewing these thirties clothes
in motion says more about their engineered beauty than a photo
on a flat page can.
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