The Woman Maketh the clothes in 1932-
“Be nonchalant.” That’s the fashion creed of fast rising Hollywood starlet Karen Morley. In other words, Karen chooses her clothes with one effect in mind, a ‘careful’ carelessness.
If you think that’s easy to do, you’re all wrong. It’s just as difficult, it requires exactly as much thought and attention, to achieve that appearance of smart indifference as it does to gain the exquisite detailed perfection of Norma Shearer, for instance.
Karen Morley, who has captivated audiences in Howard Hughes Scarface, wants her clothes to to play second place to her own personality. She wants to be known for the girl she is, as opposed to the cute frock she’s wearing.
Well Karen, of course we agree, but in order for the woman to ‘maketh the clothes’ and your wardrobe to appear secondary, those clothes must be perfect in every detail.
“I like pretty clothes, every girl does,” explains Karen, ” but they have never held for me the all-consuming fascination which they have for so many women. I do my shopping in spasms. if I need new stockings, I buy new stockings. If I feel the sudden urge for something new, then I head for the nearest department store to see what’s the latest style. But I have to be in the mood for a new dress, before I have any success at finding a pretty dress!”
It’s easy for Karen to buy clothes ready made. Her measurements are in almost perfect proportion. So, because she hates fittings and spending all the time necessary for having things made to measure, she almost invariably selects her dresses in the ready-to-wear shops. Her bust measures thirty-two inches, her waist, twenty-five, her hips thirty-five.
Karen Morley – Girl next Door Fashion
Miss Morley is the costumers and photographers favourite type. A girl next door prettiness with a good figure and pleasant demeanour.
Karen is young, so she goes for sporty one piece dresses. This August sees Karen languishing in pretty tea frocks. To match her light golden hair and pale skin, she wears pastel shades in sports clothing, evening gowns, street dresses – ” and even my under-things!” she giggles.
For street-wear Karen manages to affect a happy combination of femininity and severe tailoring, with lines that are simple and unbroken. They are fitted to her slender figure, neither too closely or loosely, just that desired degree of apparent, careless nonchalance!
Karen Morley is a unique type of femininity, even in Hollywood, which has more unique “types” than an other city on Earth.
By all the so-called standards of screen beauty, she is NOT a beautiful girl. But she has ‘something’ and it’s charming and feminine, and boasts a unique distinction which sets her apart from other girls.
She dresses to enhance her difference, and in one brief year she has made herself into one of the best known and most sought after supporting actresses in Hollywood.
“I do not underestimate the value of clothes in achieving this. As I said previously, never by your clothes in a mad rush, but when you are in the mood for something new and pretty to wear. You will enjoy browsing for new blouses and skirts. You will not tire when trying on that tenth pair of shoes. You will not be in a hurry so there will be no mistake or regret after purchase.
That’s all !
New Movie Magazine 1932
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