For those in search of the latest modes, Paris was the essential shopping destination. It’s winter 1928, and these friends are keeping warm in fur trimmed coats while they scour the stores for chic new outfits. usually armed with a copy of Art Gout Beaut, these ladies would not return home without at least a dozen full outfits to see them safely through the season.
It’s midsummer 1923 and Eqyptian-style gowns are all the rage and the perfect outfits to wear to an elegant dinner party. The tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered in 1922, causing great excitement all round the globe. Fashion designers were thus inspired to produce Egyptian elements into their designs. It was known as the Eqyptian revival.
An animated 1920s fashion show - made from a charming 1920s fashion ‘sticker’ book for children recently. Created by Usborne Publishing - an innovative publisher for children. You can have fun dressing these dolls in a Coco Chanel wardrobe, for a Paris shopping trip, a night out at a Jazz club,and so on – which is precisely what we did.
How to be a Party Girl in the 1920s. I’d give myself a “daily gift” .If I were Virginia I’d keep the fires of my imagination burning. A few sentences from a great book — a few lines of poetry, some measures of fine music — or a new cold cream, or a dance step, a parlor trick or a perfume !
The 'garconne' dress style was at its peak by 1928 as this charming archive film shows from an American fashion event in 1928. Pretty cloche hats, knee length coats in fur and drop waist dresses galore! 1920s fashion is always with us, but its nice to see those original ladies model the latest styles of their era.
April 1911 saw the first cited 20th Century fashion photo shoot – and some of it in color! - The Spring collection from the then hugely famous Paul Poiret was published by the French magazine “Art et Decoration” in an article called L’Art de la Robe ( The Art of Dress) by Paul Cornu. Gowns by Paul Poiret, illustrations by George Lepape and most significantly a young unknown photographer called Edward Steichen
1920's Dresses -Animated film - The Downton Abbey Era. Tom Tierney’s famous Paper Dolls first popped into shops back in the late 1970s and brought back the highly popular paper doll fad to a new generation of vintage fashion enthusiasts. Now Glamourdaze have produced this animated film for you to enjoy of his 1920s wardrobe series.
A new clip from the wonderful lost 1920s fashion film - discovered by our good friend Murray Glass of Emgee Films. Murray had acquired a large collection of old film negative and he came across a feature from California advertising a local couture company. You can watch the original feature and read our interview with Murray Glass. In the meantime enjoy this little found extra from the same collection.
Bibi-Lartigue-in-Nice-1920s-French-makeup-and-hair-look. Travel the world over and you will find none so clever as the French woman in the art of beauty and make-up in the 1920s. This is the most definite impression left on my mind from my stay in Paris, where I had ample opportunity to study the beauty of the French woman and her mastery of make-up.
Jacques-Henri-Lartigue -Portraits-of-French-Women-Bibi-and-pals-1928. The Beauty Secrets of 1920s Parisian Women The parlour I visited, really takes the art of makeup seriously. They consider the skin as an artist would a blank canvas., and French women have that something or je ne sais qua , which I believe starts with the attention they give to their immaculate skin!
Dorin-of-Paris-1920s-French-rouge. The Beauty Secrets of 1920s Parisian Women The Parisian is not so lavish as American women, in her use of rouge, for her skin is inclined to be a creamy olive, and she accents that charm with a powder that matches it closely in colour. She applies this so evenly that the impression of softened, velvety texture is given rather than that whited sepulcher look which results when the powder used is lighter than the skin itself.