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Vintage 1920s Wedding Dress

By , 6 January, 2014, No Comment

If you’re looking forward to the Downton Abbey wedding, I thought I’d share this 1920’s wedding post. I must say, Lady Mary’s dress looks a bit more 1930’s to me… More like a cross between the 1920s and the 1930s… Similar to the dress Claudette Colbert wore in It Happened One Night (1934), only not as shiny. But I see many people are taking liberties with their definition of 1920’s wedding style.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

Lombard: Twentieth Century Fox

By , 21 November, 2011, 1 Comment

A simple — but heavily image laden — review of Twentieth Century (1934); Carole Lombard at her comedic and lingerie-wearing best. First in a bra and step-ins aka tap pants, then in the classic 1930s glamour gown.

Carole Lombard In Bra & Tap Pants

Carole Lombard 1930s Glamour

Hair Extensions, 1932

By , 29 October, 2011, No Comment

Sheila Terry, with her trademark pre-code bad girl sneer, photographed by Elmer Fryer to promote Scarlet Dawn. Notice her long braided hair that serves as jewelery or an accessory.

Sheila Terry's Braided Hair Extensions

From the back of the photo:

Sheila Terry belies her Irish name by going exotic…She will next be seen with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in the First National picture, “Scarlet Dawn.”

Photo via.

Cloche, But No Cigar

By , 20 October, 2011, No Comment

Miss Rayne wanted a felt cloche hat, but couldn’t find one… So she took matters into her own hands and transformed a 1980’s wide brimmed hat into one! Spectacular!

1980s Hat Transformed Into Vintage Cloche!

Here’s Looking Like You, Kid Is Moving!

By , 5 May, 2010, No Comment

Please, please, please come visit me at the new site: heres-looking-like-you-kid.com!

When You Say, “Drama,” I Say…

By , 13 April, 2010, 2 Comments

When you say, “Drama,” I say, “Evelyn Brent.” Exhibit A, these photos taken by Otto Dyar.

The Stunningly Dramatic Evelyn Brent

The Stunningly Dramatic Evelyn Brent

(I believe these were a series of promotional photos for the actress herself and are not tied to any individual films — but then, with so many lost silent films, it’s difficult to say… Perhaps “Salome” is the title of a film and not just the character she created in the photograph?)

It’s not just the stunning photographs, the bold black and white fashions, or even Brent’s singular beauty…

Evelyn Brent As "Salome" (Photo By Otto Dyar)

Evelyn Brent As "Salome" (Photo By Otto Dyar)

It’s the accessories.

Evelyn Brent: Hair & Accessories

Evelyn Brent: Hair & Accessories

The barrettes or combs in the hair — and the pearls, oh, the pearls!

Intrigued? Check out Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood’s Lady Crook— it’s on my wishlist!

Footwear Friday

By , 2 April, 2010, 2 Comments

Some fabulous vintage footwear for you.

Turquoise is the color for Spring, so why not look ultra up-to-date with these vintage turquoise mules from the 1950s? The silver details (studs and trim) and grey rhinestones make these classic vintage heels!

Vintage 1950's Turquoise Heels

Vintage 1950's Turquoise Heels

If you’re more delighted by Spring’s traditional pastels, look at these lovely clear Lucite mules with painted pastel flowers!

Vintage Painted Floral Mules

Vintage Painted Floral Mules

Pastel Flowers Painted On Clear Lucite Springolator Heels

Pastel Flowers Painted On Clear Lucite Springolator Heels

I’m often surprised by the magnificent colors in women’s shoes from the 1940s — all that black and white film viewing distorts a reality of colorful shoes!

Like the vibrant green snakeskin of these peep-toe platform heels from the 1940s.

Women's 1940's Green Snakeskin Peep-Toe Shoes

Women's 1940's Green Snakeskin Peep-Toe Shoes

These shoes from the 1930s or 40s era are painted silk — an Art Deco geometric design of olive triangles, green, red and white circles on black silk. But that’s not all!

Geometric Designs Painted On Silk Peeptoe Shoes

Geometric Designs Painted On Silk Peeptoe Shoes

There’s even geometric stitched designs on the gold leather (which matches the ankle straps) at the top center of the vamp, right before the at the peeptoes.

Fabulous Art Deco Vintage Women's Shoes

Fabulous Art Deco Vintage Women's Shoes

Also, don’t forget to check out The History of Ferragamo Shoes. The post covers not just the history, but why vintage fashion lovers covet shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo.

Delight In The Toy Wife

By , 22 January, 2010, No Comment

The second Luise Rainer film I watched was such a fabulous film that I’m now devoted to collecting everything I can from or about it.

Luise Rainer in The Toy Wife, 1938

Luise Rainer in The Toy Wife, 1938

Since this film is a period piece, I posted my review of The Toy Wife (1938) elsewhere — but I did discover something fashion related to discuss…

On the back of the old MGM promotional film still photo by Clarence Bull, the following is typed:

Grey Faille with blue velvet ribbon detail and corded bow fastenings is charming in this costume designed by Adrian for Luise Rainer, in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production, “The Toy Wife.” Bonnet of grey straw with blue and grey feather frou-frou and blue velvet tie.

This reminds me that once upon a time, movie stars, especially the actresses, were noted for the fashions they wore in films — not just the red carpets. Seeing such information that was distributed by the studios proves that fashions and designers themselves were part of the film promotion.

Today, if such photos and captions are provided and/or used, the caption probably has more to do with who the actress slept with, some arrest information or other bit of notoriety to gossip about. I much prefer to gossip about the glamour of film and the fashion in film, don’t you?

Back Of Photo Still

Back Of Photo Still

Meeting Luise Rainer

By , 14 January, 2010, No Comment

I stayed up late Tuesday night, celebrating Luise Rainer‘s 100th birthday with TCM. This was my introduction to Rainer — and even though the three films I watched are neither her best known films nor those she won her two (back-to-back) Oscars for, I was smitten.

Luise Rainer

Luise Rainer

The first movie I watched was The Emperor’s Candlesticks (1937), which, frankly, is often dismissed as more eye-candy than substantive film. It’s easy to do, what with such opulent settings for two wealthy spies each on opposite ends of political intrigues who manage to fall for each other. But if you listen as well as watch, there’s a sophistication and elegance to the acting too. Especially the banter between Rainer and William Powell.

William Powell & Luise Rainer in Emperor's Candlesticks

William Powell & Luise Rainer in Emperor's Candlesticks

Enjoy the lush settings, but don’t forget to focus on the faces and the dialog — if you do pay attention, it’s rather like the delight of employing the secret compartments in the antique candlesticks.

Vintage Magazine Article On The Emperor's Candlesticks

Vintage Magazine Article On The Emperor's Candlesticks

It’s not my favorite of the three Rainer films I watched, but it was good enough for me to want to watch another…

Art Deco-rate Yourself In Black Velvet Dresses For Holiday

By , 13 December, 2009, No Comment

The only thing better than black velvet is vintage black velvet!

Norma Shearer: Black Velvet Glamour

Norma Shearer: Black Velvet Glamour

To be as stunning as Norma Shearer, check out these current auctions on eBay:

This incredible vintage black velvet two-piece walking suit from the 20’s or 30’s is loaded with so many great features I may just pass out! (Click the link or the photos below to see all the glamorous details!)

Vintage Black Velvet Walking Suit

Vintage Black Velvet Walking Suit

Back Of Vintage Velvet Walking Suit With Tasseled Scarf

Back Of Vintage Velvet Walking Suit With Tasseled Scarf

This vintage black velvet bias cut evening gown may seem austere at first glance, but notice the body-hugging silhouette and rich details which make it anything but puritanical — and then there’s the plunging back with T-Strap, loaded with silver and white beading and red rhinestones in a dramatic Art Deco design. Talk about leaving a lasting impression!

Vintage Black Velvet Evening GownWith Exquisite Art Deco T-Strap On The Back

Vintage Black Velvet Evening Gown With Exquisite Art Deco T-Strap On The Back

PS Don’t forget to enter my home spa skin care and “teddy bare” lingerie contests! (I wish I could enter!)