Friday, January 31, 2014

More Thirtie's Glamour Girls:Tough Edition

Platinum Bombshell Jean Harlow
Hiya Blogland!!! Today we are going to explore some more of those fabulous Thirties Movie Stars!!! The ladies I'll be sharing today all played parts with a bit of a "tough" or "hard" edge. Girl gone wrong, gun moll, bad girl with the heart of gold were some of the roles these ladies portrayed.

First up is Jean Harlow. She started out playing "trampy" roles but soon her comedic timing got her roles in many of the screwball comedies of the era. Her life was cut short at the young age of 26. During her hey-day millions of women dyed their hair to match her platinum blonde locks.
Dig those eyebrows!!
Very early before she dyed her hair platinum. Stunning dress!
Jean at her height of fame!
Next up is another Thirties star who died young. Carole Lombard was married to Clark Gable and died in 1942 at the age of 33 in a plane crash while touring to promote War Bonds.
How gorgeous is this gown!! The belt is amazing!
Her eyes are mesmerizing.
I love this lounging outfit!
I love the jeweled accents on the straps. Simple yet fetching.

Barbara Stanwyck was everyone's favorite gun moll in the 1930's. Bit of trivia--she was very longwaisted so the costume designers always designed her outfits with some kind of  seaming or belt or such at the waist to make her look more proportionate.

I adore this hat.
Notice the metallic trimming at the waist.
Sequins and pom-poms--how could this gown NOT be fantastic??
I love the print on this dress
 Next up are two Thirties Superstars who had careers spanning decades. They even appeared together in movies. First up is The Queen of No Wire CoatHangers Joan Crawford.
This dress would be dazzling today on the red carpet.
I love this dress with the capelet and the giant bow. Note Joan's eyebrows are thin here.
Love the bow detail at the waist and shoulder

Another stunning gown.
 Bette Davis was the other Grande Dame of cinema. Trivia about her-her bustline was a bit low and pendulous so designers would design her costumes to minimize it.
The famous cigarrette scene from Now, Voyager.
Polka dots and a cute hat made for Spring!
You can see how the designer seamed and draped the bustline here.
Love the detailing and draping of this.
I want this dress!! The print is wonderful!

 Last up is the regal Norma Shearer. Norma was the Queen of the costume drama in the Thirties. Here she is in the styles of the Thirties.
I love the earrings!
The dress is marvelous and I want her hairdo!!
Another gorgeous bia-cut dress with back detailing.
This dress looks like it stepped of a Paris runway yesterday.And how can you go wrong with a mink??

I hope you've enjoyed this little view of  Thirties Movie Star fashions. I will be back on Sunday to share Thirtie's era clothing advertisements and pix of regular folk in their Thirties styles. Everyone have a wonderful weekend!!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Movie Star Glamour

Myrna Loy
Hiya Blogland!! Today we are going to take a trip back to the 1930's. I grew up watching old movies starring Ginger Rogers, Myrna Loy and Claudette Colbert. I have always loved the fashions of the era. They were so elegant, even if I could only see them in black & white.  Let's revisit these 30's fashion icons!!
The immortal feather dress from Top Hat- dancing "Cheek to Cheek". The dress is actually a pale blue and Ginger helped design it.

First up is my absolute favorite--Ginger Rogers!!! I adore every movie she made with the always dapper and fabulous Fred!!
Love the bow at the neck
This could walk the red carpet today!
So classy--her hair is stunning
I love the draping on the bodice and sleeves. And her hair is fantastic!!
 Next up is the mysterious Greta Garbo:
I love the bias cut of the bodice and the lacy strap.
The bow is just amazing!
This look would work today.

Greta in the early 1930's.
I also always loved Mryrna Loy and William Powell in The Thin Man series. The screwball comedies of the 30's were funny and intelligent!
I would wear this top/dress today.
Simple--I love how the necklace hides the halter strap
The fur collar is amazing how it frames her face!
Marlene Dietrich pioneered the androgynous look. She may have wore men's clothes but she still retained her femininity. Who knew a man's shirt and necktie could be so sexy?
Gorgeous beading
Love the lace jabot & cuffs
Sexier than any bimbo today in skankwear
That hat is amazing!!
Regal & gorgeous!
The ruffle is just fantastic.
I want her top!!
Here's a still from "It happened one night" starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Claudette Colbert is another 30's fashion icon.
How timeless is her outfit??  Her pencil skirt, sweater & blouse could walk the runway next Fashion Week.
Rocking trousers and a plaid blouse. Check out her SHOES!!
Adorable dotty ruffled dress and check out the hat!!
Gorgeous gown--I love the bodice details and the shoulder action.
This is her Cleopatra costume--which would work as a gown in real life. The bias "wrapping" effect on the torso is fabulous.
Sweet dress--I adore the neck ruffles!
I hope you've enjoyed this little blast from the past. I'll have some 30's movie stars later this week!!! Stay tuned for Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and others!!