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Sometimes You Just Can’t Get That Authentic Vintage Look

By , 3 November, 2011, 1 Comment

Sometimes you just can’t replicate the look — not on my budget, anyway. Exhibit A: Peggy Hopkins Joyce.

Peggy Hopkins Joyce

On the back of the vintage photo, the reasons why most of us can’t get this look: “Peggy Hopkins Joyce, star of Earl Carroll’s Vanities of 1923 wearing a $6,000 gown of rhinestones and chinchilla and her million and a half dollars in jewels”.

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The seller offers this history on Joyce:

Famous mainly for being famous — and for marrying and divorcing (or merely dating) a dizzying array of millionaires — blonde-bobbed Peggy Hopkins Joyce (born Marguerite Upton) had been in the Follies and Earl Carroll’s Vanities when the famous illustrator James Montgomery Flagg directed her in a series of short subjects in the 1910s. She would descend on Hollywood at intervals in the 1910s, 1920s, and early ’30s but managed mainly to prove that she was no actress. Her most notorious film appearance was also her last, playing an internationally famous gold digger in International House (1933), a hodgepodge Paramount comedy in which she earned top billing over the likes of George Burns, Gracie Allen, and W. C. Fields. The latter supplied the film’s biggest laugh and most notorious moment in a scene that has to be seen to be believed, but which included the suggestive discussion of the whereabouts of a cat. Her life an endless series of tabloid headlines, Peggy Hopkins Joyce is believed to have been the inspiration for the character of the mercenary Lorelei Lee in Anita Loos’ twice-filmed Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. One of her contemporaries perhaps best summed up her appeal; said nightclub hostess Texas Guinan: “Peggy Hopkins Joyce should not be buried like other folks, or cremated, or anything like that, but just be put into Tiffany’s window to sparkle forever.” ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

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  • M

    The dress line reminds me of the Grecian goddess Fortuny silk dresses of that era with a thick stole over it and an edging of fur down the side and around the bottom. It also looks like the cloche hat is covered with beads, including a thick, long tail of translucent tube beads. There’s also a large broach hiding under the beads and the folds of the left fur collar.

    here’s some photos of the dresses
    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=fortuny+grecian+dress&qpvt=fortuny+grecian+dress&FORM=IGRE#x0y0

    I’m not a fan of real fur. I only wear skins of animals that are eaten, not ones raised and killed just for their fur. I do think a black Persian lamb stole would be pretty, and there’s many vintage pieces as well as imitation Persian lamb that feels quite similar to the real thing. I’m ok with Persian lamb because they use all of the animal. —just my view, not trying to be preachy.

    I think a pearly grey Fortuny style gown with a black Persian lamb stole and charcoal wool cloche adorned with rhinestones and a ton of bracelets would look stunning.

    I know eBay sells a lot of old rhinestone encrusted fur enclosure broaches that have a closure that won’t damage the thick fur. Try ruby lane dot com as well—it’s a favorite place for vintage jewelry as well as any kind of antique you can think of — I love browsing their huge inventory.

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