Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mona Barrie - Spring Sun Time Vogue

I find movie and fashion photographs taken for promotion fascinating because you can really look at the details quite clearly even in the 20s and 30s.  I'll be showcasing more in the future. This photograph is probably somewhere around 8 x 10 in size and is from 1936.

I thought it would be interesting to zoom in on various areas of the photograph to take in the details.

Actress Mona Barrie (1909-1964) in quite a few movies in supporting roles.  So, she would have been about 27 at the time this photograph was made.

Excerpts From Description:

"Toga Scarf Jack _From For Afternoon Functions"

"Copper colored rice-crepe"  "A simple one-piece" "Wrap-around affair with a scarf jacket that slips over the right arm and drapes across the left shoulder, revealing the chartreuse facing."

The description really gives you a feel for the color and the whole look.  The description is also below in a scanned image.

Isn't this a lovely "before five" outfit?

-William Lambert 20th Century Fox stylist

I tried to look up the movie  "Here Comes Trouble" but was unable to find any YouTube clips.

Isn't it crazy how you can zoom in and even catch some of the texture to the fabric?  She looks a little sad in this picture, wouldn't you say?


  1. She is probably so sad looking because the put her feet into shoes that were a bit too small. Ouch!

    I do love her outfit and that you did close-ups. I didn't see all the beautiful details until you did.


  2. When I stop and imagine the types of fashions I might have worn if I was alive (and adult) during the 1930s, my mind very often comes back to dresses like the one Mona is sporting here. It smacks of the era, yet is immensely timeless, too, and would work - I think - well on someone like myself with a relatively curvy figure (something that cannot be said of all 30s fashions, especially bias cut evening frocks). Wonderful in-depth look at this elegant ensemble and image, dear Joanna. Thank you so much for sharing. I always adore seeing every last image that catches your eye.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. I would love to wear this dress day or night:)

  3. What a fantastic dress! Thanks for zooming in, there are so many details that I would have missed otherwise. It simply amazes me to think that this was a "before five" type of dress and I find myself daydreaming about her evening attire.


    1. Oh, and just wanted to add, wouldnt it be lovely to see this in full color?!?!

  4. I love the fact that this was a daytime outfit. Perfect!

  5. The details of the photos are amazing. I like that there is a cactus in the photo .. seems like an unusual plant for this type of photo shoot.


  6. I really like this segment! Looking forward to seeing more of these photos. I love how they describe this as a wrap around affair!

  7. I love that I can see the details so closely-how clever of you to notice that. I love this series as well!!! xox