Travis Banton – When Fashion Made Hollywood

Marlene Dietrich 1930---Travis-Banton

Inside Story by the famous Hollywood Costume Designer Travis Banton, and the glamorous stars he dressed, including Marlene Dietrich and Clara Bow by Judy Lang Hunt What were Hollywood’s leading ladies really like? Reminisces from one of the great Hollywood fashion gurus Travis Banton and how he helped some of Hollywood’s most glamorous women find their …

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1940s Style in Eye Popping Technicolor

Gene Tierney Leave her to Heaven 1945

Leave her to Heaven 1945 – John Stahl’s classic noir movie Leave her to Heaven, stars possibly the best dressed ever femme fatale – Gene Tierney. It was recently restored with the help of director Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation and has been rightly claimed as a forgotten masterpiece. It’s a feast for fans of 1940s clothing, …

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1930s Spring Fashion from Hollywood


1936 April styles feature – Joan Crawford shows you a hat in blue suede, in a delicate light shade, Joan’s favorite. The band is navy blue. The hat is from John Fredericks, at which shop she bought more than thirty items. A tailored suit designed by Irene for Joan Crawford, is of black and white …

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Technicolor fashion show – The Women 1939


Luscious costumes by Gilbert Adrian – “Bonjour Madam, Mademoiselle !It gives me great pleasure to take you on this adventurous little voyage into 1930s fashion land. But today ladies, as an innovation, you will see our models go through the rhythmic movement of everyday life, as it responds to the ever changing flow of the …

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1940’s Fashion – America vs Dior New Look 1947


Paris Fashion Rises Again  – After virtual domination for some years by the Americans, there is no better way to sum up the new post-war Paris fashion explosion, and the panic and incredulity which the Dior New Look triggered, than in this defensive fashion review from 1947. Procured from that great archaeologist of all things papery …

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1930s Fashion – More Fall Styles – 1938


October fashions from Hollywood in 1938 – Edith Head designed this bottle-green and beige herringbone tweed suit for Joan Bennett to wear. The green note of the tweed is repeated in the velvet trim of the long topcoat, the cashmere sweater and suede accessories. the stitched velvet acorn cap is also of tweed. To the …

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1930s Fall Fashion – Hollywood’s Best Dressed


Top Costume Designers fall style 1938- by Gwenn Walters 1. Contrast costumes are headline news in Hollywood’s fall fashion picture. Barbara Stanwyck wears one of olive green and brown created by Royer. The jacket covers a short-sleeved, collarless frock that closes to the waist with large self covered buttons. A gold tassel chain loops through …

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1930 Hollywood Summer Fashion – June 1930


Slenderizing flared lines in the new mode – The graceful evening gown worn by Norma Shearer is of pale powder blue silk and is divine. It is Grecian in line with bodice caught up over one shoulder and finished with a scarf of the material extended to the uneven hemline. The other shoulder is bare.Next, …

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1930s Fashion – Hollywood Winter Frocks -1934


1930s Fashion report  by Seymour – Fashionable Daywear – Lest you think that the fox cape is part of Sally Blane‘s costume above, I must tell you that it is her own, worn for the occasion in her new picture ” Advice to the Lovelorn”. Bright contrasting vestee and sash give vivid accent to the …

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