If glamour were grammar, the 1930s would have been the era that crossed all its T’s and dotted all its I’s. It seems today’s designers have a soft spot for these sharp, svelte styles, because one could espy ’30s influences popping up nonstop as models walked down New York Fashion Week’s runways; you might be surprised to see exactly which daring details we’re talking about!
Stunning, Low-Cut Backs — It may seem hard to believe that skin-flaunting, open-back gowns were worn in the prim and proper past, but a quick look at this 1930’s photo of movie star Myrna Loy proves that frocks such as this stunning Tadashi Shoji one looked to the high glamour of days gone by as inspiration for their low-cut backs.
Diamond Detailing — See this 1931 Vogue sewing patten? See J. Mendel’s slinky evening number? Interesting similarities, aren’t there, especially when it comes to the unique diamond detailing at the hips. Looks like Mendel’s delving into the history books for inspiration.
Hooded Maxi Dresses — If you thought the maxi-plus-hood dream team seen in Mara Hoffman’s sophisticated creation at right is modern to the max, prepare for a little mind-bending. Hooded maxis actually have roots in the 1930s, as exemplified by the ad at left.
Bias Cut Gowns – L’Wren Scott’s sumptuous raven dress is carefully cut on the bias. This clothing construction technique was the sweetheart of 1930s style, as seen in this photo of Jean Harlow.
Have you spotted any other historic influences trotting down the runways this year?