1930s fashion – Recreating a Joan Crawford 1935 dress suit.
A while ago I stumbled across a vintage costume designer by the name of Anushka Tay. In the admittedly self indulgent and rather fluffy realm of vintage fashion blogs this girl caught my attention. In the course of her third year research she has devoted some considerable time and energy to studying and recreating – so far – two 1930s costumes – specifically a 1935 Joan Crawford suit and a 1930s bias cut evening dress. Now while Glamourdaze declares itself an ‘archive of vintage fashion and beauty‘ and makes no pretense at any knowledge whatsoever on the learned art of clothing cut and construction, we do try on occasion to squeeze the brain cells a little.
Anushka has very kindly agreed to be interviewed.
1930s fashion – Recreating Joan Crawford’s 1935 suit.
Hello Anushka – cutting to the point – awful pun I know – why the 1930’s in particular and what brought this Joan Crawford suit to your attention?
The early 20th century has long been my favorite period in historical costume, and the 1930s is of especial interest as it represents one of the last eras with real dictated customs and rules regarding dress as associated with social position, gender and etiquette. It also encompasses a wide range in cutting techniques, some of which were experimental and some more traditional.
For my final degree project, I was looking to expand my knowledge of tailoring by applying it to women’s wear. Typical suits of the 1930s and 1940s simply recreated masculine style lines but with a skirt; I was seeking to challenge myself and was intent on creating a piece of tailoring which was unusual and striking, and which would really force me to consider how to apply my knowledge of the craft in more conceptual situations. I felt that this suit was an excellent example of period Hollywood costume, and Joan Crawford’s costuming.
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