Posts Tagged ‘decades and eras’

1940’s inspiration.

January 2, 2010

I found this photograph of three women at Bibliothèque de la Ville de Paris by Andre Zucca on flickr originally and I’ve been reading up some on the exhibit that it was a part of and becoming completely fascinated with it. Apparently, a disclaimer was put onto the exhibition as a lot of people took offense to the photographs of people seemingly joyful and carefree despite the Nazi infiltration and the atrocities that were occurring both within Paris and far, far more-so in other places during World World II. While I agree that the subjects of the photograph might be misconstruing to the actual state of Paris in the early 40’s and is even disrespectful due to the failure to portray that the city was wracked with hunger and poverty and definitely wasn’t quite as gleeful as the photos seem to state, it’s still so interesting to look at.

Two more photographs from the exhibition:

Nina Leen, LIFE 1946 via myvintagevogue:

40’s Dior sketch & photograph of Lillian Brassman:


1930’s inspiration.

December 14, 2009

Vintage 1930’s dresses from

Images from tumblr, My Vintage Vogue, The Fashion Spot, and google image search.

1920’s inspiration.

December 7, 2009

1920’S French postcard. As striking as the woman is, I think it’s the man who steals the spotlight in this particular photograph. He looks so mysterious and vampy, as if he’s about to move in for either a kiss or bite and she’s maintaining a cool exterior like she doesn’t really care either way. Image found on tumblr.

Actress and pianist Edythe Baker (left) worked the Broadway and cabaret circuits in the 20’s and 30’s. You can hear her playing “Mad About The Boy” on piano in the early 30’s here. One of the Ziegfeld Girls (right) in an issue of Vogue. A lot of elements of this photograph reminds me of things I see in editorials today. More about the Ziegfeld Girls below. Images found on My Vintage Vogue.

Clara Bow and Marceline Day in The Wild Party directed by Dorothy Arzner. This film from the late 20’s is about some college girls who party just a little too much until one lands herself in some big trouble. Interesting tidbit, Dorothy Arzner was one of the only women filmmakers working during the time period. Image found through google image search.

Gloria Swanson (left) was an actress known also for her amazing fashions and Clara Bow (right) is undoubtedly the quintessential 20’s girl, fashion icon of the decade, and the very first “it” girl. Images found on My Vintage Vogue and google.

Vintage 1920’s drop-waist dresses. Images found on The Fashion Spot.

All of Clara Bow’s photographs possess such a whimsical quality and have so much personality to them. It’s really no wonder why her look was so influential and is still recreated and played off of in fashion today. Images found through google.

1920’s woman and her dog and vintage shoes. Images found on The Fashion Spot.

Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in City Lights (left), 1920’s bathing beauties (center), Jule Andrew in a gorgeous Chanel dress (right). Images found through google and on The Fashion Spot.

Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in City Lights, a film about a derelict who falls in love with a beautiful blind girl. Image found through google.

Irina Lazareanu in 20’s inspired pieces from Basso And Brooke (left) and Michael Kors (right). Images found on The Fashion Spot.

Two women at a sporting event (left) and Louise Brookes (right). Images found through google.

The Ziegfeld Girls were showgirls who were members of the chorus in the Ziegfeld Follies. The Rockettes of the Radio City Music Hall are reminiscent of what the Ziegfeld Girls were in the 20’s. Images found through google.

Edwardian era inspiration.

December 4, 2009

I’ve always loved Victorian clothing, homes, and design, but I have to say, in researching the Edwardian period more than I previously had, it’s starting to win me over somewhat. Though the two have a modest amount of differences, the Edwardian clothing and styles have a bit more of a darker, romantic, gothic feel to them. The clothing that I select for myself has more of that same principle to it – I wear a lot of black and white and like to mix dainty lace and frills with contrasting dark accessories and garments that are more structured and have a less flowy quality to them.

Lily Elsie (left) was a and English theatre actress. When I spotted her while researching actresses of the Edwardian period, I was immediately intrigued by her look. I might do a post solely devoted to her one day after I’ve read a bit more about her! I haven’t looked that much into Phyllis Monkman (right), but I believe she was an actress and belly-dancer. The photo above is from The Butterflies and you can read an interesting little review of that performance here.

Daisy Jerome (left) and Mabel Love (right), two more lovely Edwardian actresses. Something about Mabel’s face reminds me quite a bit of Clara Bow.

Beautiful Edwardian inspired corset and children playing while donned up in clothing inspired by the era.

Items found while playing around on polyvore – some authentic Edwardian pieces and some other dresses and accessories that I thought fit nicely with the time period. The ModCloth dress on the left specifically reminds me of something that would have been worn then.

Edwardian style home and the most gorgeous dress ever. I need a dress like that in my life! Of course, I wouldn’t have anywhere to wear it, but hey. Maybe if I get married, my wedding dress will look like that? A girl can dream.

Edwardian inspired pieces from a Christian Lacroix (left) collection and an Armani (right) collection.

Isadora Duncan (left) was a highly acclaimed American dancer with an extremely interesting life story (check out her wikipedia!) and I can’t seem to find much on Ethel Oliver (right), but she was another beautiful Edwardian actress.

Victorian era inspiration.

December 3, 2009

* “Madonna Mia” by Oscar Wilde.
* All photos found through different facets of the internet (google, photobucket, flickr, tumblr), taken by me, or from The Fashion Spot or Victorian Trading Company.