“Come up and see me sometime!”

27 Jan

Somewhere between seeing the Artist (which I can’t recommend highly enough by the way – it’s wonderful), reading The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles and reading a biography of Mae West, I’ve become a bit fascinated with the 1930’s. And with W.E. showcasing all manner of Wallis Simpson’s glorious 30’s clobber, it seems to be the hot retro-reference right now.

Grecian dress by Schiaparelli in 1938, from Fabulous Frocks by Eastoe & Gristwood

The advert for Schiaparelli’s perfume ‘Shocking’, the hourglass-shaped bottle of which was said to be inspired by Mae West

A Christmas window display at HMV on Oxford St in the 1930s, and the in-store listening booths from HMV Flickr

A dress and jacket by Jeanne Lanvin from 1936, from the Met Museum website

The fabulous Mae West


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