IN THIS POST I WILL BE SHARING WITH YOU THE FASHION FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE LAST CENTURY.

1920-1940

 

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.

 

1930s-fashion-Autumn-styles-for-1934-400x366

 

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.

 

z-vintage-ladies-003 z-vintage-ladies-016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

1e3b2f164ff958d5e9f3530c299e06b1 a9238eeb2ee31a1d917cdccbe0ed8205

 

 

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.

 

77f5c36fa2fc0203497171abb78933cf

 

 

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.

 

3d95262365a69f694e634717ada100d6

 

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.

 

94c9148734969e15284748da7e47fe87

 

 

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.

 

3306f71a28e983df8e17e05948e00001 8a9d7ba93b1c559085e3952a5e471424

 

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.

2c8ffd06105c1bea6f2501a6aed3a921 5e6a266fba0a6897ebfa6188540dd224

Today anyone interested in fashion is well aware of the magazine Marie Claire and it was of the most published worldwide.