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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Visions of the 1930s


I'm  captivated with the late 1930's.  The style was so refined and feminine with the tail end of deco influencing the fashion.    I could spend countless hours pouring over the fashion magazines of this period.  Wouldn't it be nice to shop in some of the department stores of this era?

My Outfit

 My kids quite like this hat so it's fun when I put it on and they comment on it.   My daughter also loves this coat.  She says it looks nice and fuzzy.  This is my first fur coat and it is from the 1930's.   It honestly does take a bit of getting used too, to delve into fur.  Of course, I would never buy today's fur.  I kind of feel like a lot of my vintage counter parts in that it is already here and a part of history so why not enjoy the beauty and history of it?  Fur does have a glamourous quality about it and was such a big part of the 1930's in terms of fashion history.   My husband isn't a big fan of any kind of fur but sometimes you just have to experiment and wear things for your own enjoyment:)

















While I was searching out vintage Vogue fashion magazines, I came to hear of the movie "Vogues of 1938".   This movie sounded intriguing.   I set out to see if I could watch it on YouTube or some other means and found the only way I could see it is by purchasing the DVD.  It sat in my Amazon cart for awhile until one particular day when I thought  I'd really like to see this movie, what am I waiting for?    So, the DVD arrived and I've watched it a few times already.  It's a great classic fashion movie.   I don't regret buying the DVD.   It's so fascinating to see the styles and fashion as they are played out on film.  I love taking a step back in time and seeing these actors/actresses in 30s styles and I especially like it when they film in location shots and you can also try and absorb details in the background hoping to get tiny glimpses into the daily life of the 30's.  The dialect, the mood, the style, the body language all different than today.   Certainly, a trip down a historical path (as are most movies of these times).   This movie is based upon a fashion designer so there are many great gowns and outfits presented.  Of course, the hats are also amazing and are designed by Sally Milgrim .   I also enjoyed the cabaret feel as the actors visited different types of music venues of the day.    Of course, the storyline is different than you would see in a movie of today but I think this is what is charming.  You have to take in all the elements of the movie. I'd certainly recommend this movie for the 3o's fashionista. 

One criticism I would have about the movie is that I wish it was a re-mastered version as it would certainly be glorious to see these styles in a detailed fashion but it was in Technicolor!  

Next on my agenda the old and new version of "Mildred Pierce".

Max Factor promo shot for "Vogues of 1938"


19 comments:

  1. You are amazing Joanna, I LOVE your wardrobe! That coat totally is amazing, and I agree with you what you said about wearing vintage fur! That hat is spectacular :)

    Yours sincerely,
    Sara from Ladylike Delicacy

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  2. Okay, so how many coats do you own?? They are all fabulous. Us southerners just don't need a lot of coats but i will never have too many vintage purses.

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    1. lol, I don't count Lilli Ann in the mix of coat ownership:) There is actually one coat I need to sell but haven't gotten around to it:)

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  3. I really want to see that film now! Putting it my amazon cart! hehee You look very glam! Love the coat!! xox

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  4. That hat, what a statement piece.

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  5. Spectacular simply spectacular. A wonderful outfit, you are divine.

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  6. I agree, I wouldn't buy fur, but if it's already on a vintage coat I think it's fine. That was another time although I would never wear a fox stole (bleck).

    Love the hat too .. it's so unique.

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  7. You wear the looks of this area so tremendously well. They're elegant, sophisticated, and beautiful, just like you. I adore every element of this timeless winter look - and am especially smitten with your fabulous Persian lamb's wool muff.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. I just love muffs. It kind of brings me back to childhood too when you used to be able to get these little muffs attached to your dress coats:)

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  8. This is just amazing. You are wonderful at vintage styling. LOVE your hat!

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  9. Thank you ladies, I'm having fun traveling through the decades:)

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  10. That hat is epically awesome!! I love getting dressed up around the kids. The other day, I put on a 40's bonnet type hat and my daughter, who is 3 said "Mommy, you look like a great big baby!" haha!

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  11. AMAZING outfit!!!! This hat is just so stylish, not easy to wear to visit supermarket....
    Never heard about this movie, dying to see it now....

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  12. Beautiful! I love this--fur in the snow. So pretty, and you look amazing!

    I love your blog, and I've nominated you for a Liebster Award because I think you deserve it!

    Jordan
    http://jordansvintagekitchen.blogspot.com/2013/02/liebster-award.html

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