IN THIS POST I WILL BE SHARING WITH YOU THE FASHION FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE LAST CENTURY.
The early 1930’s female silhouette was feminine, although slender it had elegance and was not flat like the boyish lines of the 20’s.
Curves were back and these 1930’s womanly curves were emphasised by the use of bias cut fabrics. Grooming of the face with now acceptable make up more artfully applied and pencil thin eyebrows together with a sleek upswept hairdo completed the thirties look.
‘Jean Harlow’ curls, the high drama Hollywood starlet look, severe partings, pin curls, the use of pomade, the Marcel wave look, finger waves, snoods.
In the 30’s Hat were really popular, worn tilted to one side, as brims became flatter and wider so crowns lowered and by 1933 there was the hat style that was almost like a pancake panama.
Later hats such as the tall toques of 1937 and 1938 were made higher with extra feathers.
On occasion they were decorated with velvet petals or a mass of roses, violets or pretty clusters of lilies of the valley.
One of the most useful styles to emerge was the ‘Cache-Misere’ turban which enabled the wearer to bundle away the hair on a bad day, but appear immaculately and elegant.
How can I explain the 1930’s hair-style and yet not speaking about Greta Garbo.
Greta’s fashion style was imitated globally, in particular fans loved her shaded face make up known as the Garbo look. She often completed the enigmatic look with her famous slouch fedora hat.
But she wasn’t the only one, the famous Parisian milliner Elsa Schiaparelli who loved to shock with her outrageous hat styles that echoed surrealism. Schiaparelli’s most famous hat was a bird cage with canaries inside or a crown that in reality a vanity case or a pin cushion hat or chimney pot.
Through the 1930’s Paris remained the centre of hat and fashion design and many important fashion house employed as many as 300 employees who solely worked on millinery tasks.
As the 30’s drew to a close and as war approached new hat styles took on a military air with peaked caps bicorn and tricorne effects.
Also in term of fashion magazine covers are a rich source of information (hair styles, hats and make up as so often they focus on a headshot of the model). Back in the late 1930s when the now well known magazine Marie Claire was first published, this is exactly what happened.
Today anyone interested in fashion is well aware of the magazine Marie Claire and it was of the most published worldwide.