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How to dress like a 1940s Femme Fatale!

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Tips on how to dress like a 1940s Femme Fatale!

 

A while back I wrote an in-depth article about Femme Fatale depicted in 19th and 20th-century art focusing on literature and painting. In this, considerably lighter post, I would like to show you how to create a 1940s Femme Fatale look with original 1940s clothes as well as modern reproductions.

 

I don’t believe that there is one quintessential Femme Fatale look. Black seems to be always the preferred choice of colour for those trying to imitate the style of a Hollywood Fatale woman, but I suspect that it’s only because most of the iconic 1940s films were shot in black and white.  I bet that you will get a bit of a shock next time you watch; The Postman Always Rings Twice, Leave Her to Heaven or Double Indemnity were the sirens wore a lot of white!

A brief history of CC41-The Utility Clothing Scheme

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A brief history of CC41 – The Utility Clothing Scheme

I’ve been fascinated by the history of the Utility Clothing Scheme in Britain for years and I have a very strong penchant for buying garments with the CC41 logo, even multiples of the same item. What can I tell you, I can never resist, yet another pair of 1940s knickers or a teddy. It’s simply beyond my control!

Considering my large, and yet, still growing collection of clothes and lingerie bearing the CC41 tag, some might say that I’m a little bit obsessed with it. I, however, prefer the word passionate.

CC41 Utility Clothing Scheme vintage lingerie

Just a sample of my 1940s lingerie collection bearing the CC41 mark.

How to store vintage clothing like a pro!

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Learn how to store vintage clothing like a pro!

I’ve already written an article about how to take care of vintage clothes but this is a more in-depth piece. I’ve consulted with textile conservators and costume collectors, and hope that this post will answer most, if not all, questions about the do and don’ts for storing vintage clothing.

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How to take care of vintage clothes

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How to take care of vintage clothes!

A few months ago I was devastated to discover that my favourite authentic Victorian funeral cape, bought in near mint condition several years earlier at a vintage fair in London (you can read about vintage fairs here), had seemingly overnight, developed brown spots all over. Doing some online sleuthing, I was able to ascertain that my mistake had been to store it using a recently purchased plastic garment cover. This was a crime! As it transpired that what I thought were spots, was actually a layer of silk that had deteriorated because of a reaction with the plastic.