Marlene Dietrich 1930---Travis-Banton

Travis Banton – When Fashion Made Hollywood

Inside Story of  a Costume Designer – by Judy Lang Hunt. Reminisces from one of the great Hollywood fashion gurus Travis Banton and how he helped some of Tinseltown’s’ most glamorous women find their style, and more so, influence fashion trends across the globe. Way back in 1925, I started harassing Travis Banton for this confession of his fitting room secrets….

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1920s Fashion – Dress for your Silhouette

Choosing the right design for your figure – When planning or selecting clothes, the body should be thought of as a unit. Garments should be chosen, not as an isolated hat, blouse or skirt, but as part of a whole scheme. The main parts of the 1920s silhouette are: 1. The mass of the head, including the hair, whether arranged high,…

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Designer Winter Fashion - Brandt

1920’s Winter Fashion from Paris

Fashion Report 1926 – Designer Winter Frocks- The tendency to be tailored is favored by the top designers in Paris this season. Straight line models with long sleeves, either fitting snugly to the arm or slightly full, are particularly appropriate for the street and for informal afternoon wear. These dresses are exceedingly smart in silhouette when worn with the new…

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Flapper defends daring frocks

Flapper defends daring frocks

by film Actress Betty Blythe – 1926 A feisty 1920s Flapper takes a critical look at herself and the emancipation of women’s attire. Though Miss Betty Blythe claims to wear daring dresses herself, she feels she cannot shut her eyes to some facts. She does however make a strong case in favour of a woman’s right to wear what she…

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Fashion Report 1926 – Evening Frocks from Paris

Four beautiful Parisian dresses – The Paris designers are obtaining graceful effects in evening gowns this season by the skilful use of hip-line accents either at the side or center-front. Sashes and draperies are used for emphasis of this silhouette and the effect is carried upward by means of delightful artificial flowers and ribbon motifs at the shoulder. A pink…

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1920s Fashion - Modes from Paris 1928

1920s Fashion – Modes from Paris 1928

Art Gout Beaute Magazine – While the latest summer frocks are enjoying their brilliant but ephemeral existence at the Deauville, Le Touquet, and La Baule casinos, and while these fashionable seaside resorts are covered with a bewildering display of colours, the dressmakers are showing the first of the winter fashions to foreign buyers. This provides a piquant contrast between the…

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1920s Fashion – Making the Most of your Looks

1920’s Women’s Style advice from 1926 by  – Thanks to the folks at the Haithi Trust Digital Library for preserving these wonderful books and manuals.This book “Making the Most of your Looks” by Dorothy Stote, declares that it is designed for the woman of ‘moderate’ means and will not be recommending expensive frocks! (left)The tailored suit should have a hip…

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Colleen Moore on being a Flapper 1922

Hollywood actress says Flappers here to stay ! – by Gladys Hall – Chicago Daily News. “What normal healthy girl doesn’t like to be both smart and naughty !” Colleen Moore 1922 One day, not so very long ago, Colleen Moore and I had lunch together. I don’t suppose I ever met anybody so enthusiastic as Colleen. Even about the…

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1920s Women in Autochrome Lumiere Color

1920s Women in Autochrome Color

Rare unseen photographs of 1920s fashion – There are only a few really good color fashion photos from the late 1920s. Back in 2011 we featured some amazing color photographs of 1920s women in mostly rural or village settings by Clifton R Adams, and it’s hard to get away from these charming photos shot in Autochrome Lumière. Other photographers featured here…

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The Power of Pink

The allure of pink over the fashion eras – Up to that fateful day in Dallas, November 1963, Jackie Kennedy had worn her soon to be iconic pink Chanel suit six times. Captured in endless blood stained photographs and moving images as the tragic day unfolded, the suit is now being held in the National Archive under strict family instructions…

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