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Channelling 1930’s Fashion

Yesterday, I indulged my mother by watching Nanny McPhee Returns.  Although the G-rated audience was populated with petulant children wielding kiddie popcorn combo’s and their parents, I didn’t mind.  It’s wonderful to laugh in the presence of little kids.  It’s funny to hear them crack up at scenes they believe to be hilarious.

Besides loving the juvenile plot and Emma Thompson, my greatest takeaway was that I was riveted by Maggie Gyllenhaal’s costumes.  Riveted.  Set in the British countryside during World War 2, there were many terrific looks and styling tricks that I think would translate well for this upcoming Fall.  ‘Ladylike’ is going to be big after all.

Picnic Pretty: A white cotton dress with rainbow embroidery and flutter sleeves

Print overload that works: Mixing and matching two tiny florals with a Fair Isle vest. Very eclectic country.

The late 1920-30’s were known for their sleek silhouettes – long, slender and flowy.  Madeleine Vionnet, a French designer was reknown for originating the bias cut, cutting fabric on the diagonal to enhance the drapery and shape of a garment.  Think early Little Edie at her debutante ball before she went craaaaazy in the film adaptation of Grey Gardens

While many people were facing a recession, the upper class still subscribed to Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, wearing the latest fashions.  Despite the tumult of the war, there were many great designers that rose to fame during this time such as Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli.  With the beginning of the industrial age and advances in manufacturing began the foundations of today’s sportswear.

Shall you dare to wear a peplum perhaps? A short overskirt often attached to a blazer, blouse or dress.  Maybe a chiffon blouse with elaborate bow tie and bishop sleeves?  A dress bursting with florals and t-strap pumps?  Any which way you go, I support your fashion choice to channel the 1930’s.

These are typical examples of the 1930’s silhouette. Tailored, long and feminine.

1 comment

1 Annelie { 08.29.10 at 3:29 pm }

Love the fashion of the 1930’s!!

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