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
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.
Just a sample of my 1940s lingerie collection bearing the CC41 mark.
I’m a huge fan of vintage skirt suits, and if you are curious about the reasons, read my article about the 1940s-1950s suits. I don’t look for any particular brands when searching for a new addition to my growing suit collection. With the exception of the Taylored by Handmacher suits! You can see in the picture below, an example of one of my lovely 1950s Handmacher suits. The exact same one, at least style-wise, was featured in Harper’s Bazaar from 1952.
In the picture on the left, I’m wearing the 1952 Handmacher suit, that appeared in Harper’s Bazaar ad.
If you’re self-employed like me and mainly work from home, you’re probably quite familiar with the need for self-discipline. Following a routine is essential, as it’s far too easy to find distractions. A walk with your beloved pooch or a lengthy perusal of your favourite seller’s page on Etsy. Do these things and just watch those hours slip by, leaving you wondering where the day went and why didn’t you get any of those things done that you promised yourself you would.
The DuBarry brand was known in the 1940s – 1960s for simple yet elegant evening gowns, cocktail and prom dresses, as well as mother-of-the-bride wear.
Today the label is synonymous, amongst us vintage girls, with the best that ready-to-wear vintage has to offer. I love how easy it is to dress up or down the DuBarry gown. It makes the perfect choice for many occasions, although I personally like to treat it as a day-wear. As you can see in the photographs below, I removed the original, embellished with crystals belt, and replaced it with a simple black one. By doing so I turned the evening gown into a simple yet elegant day dress.
Caring for vintage clothing can be a rather daunting and nerve-wracking experience. In particular the cleaning part.
Not so long ago, I wrote an in-depth article about “How to store vintage clothing like a pro”, and I hope that it will help answer a lot of questions regarding the dos and don’ts of storing your precious vintage pieces the proper way. For the purpose of giving my readers the best advice on storing vintage that one possibly could give, I interviewed a textile conservator with over twenty-five years of experience in handling antique textiles in museums.
Today, I would like to announce that Issue 2: “Identity” is out, and you don’t want to miss it!
With this second issue, we are putting a stamp on our own identity. In this issue, we touch on what some people may think of as taboo subjects. Including topics such as how to please yourself and a frank discussion of feminism presented in a way that may be new to you. This is why I started The Vintage Woman.
French Sole AW19 collection is the perfect reason to kick off your high -heels and swap for flats! Not an easy statement for me to make as there was a time when I would only wear 5″ heels. Times have changed, however, and I can’t imagine my shoe-closet without flats.
That’s how I usually respond when someone compliments me on my Halloween costume, even though it’s not a costume but what I wear on a daily basis.
Well any time, any place, anywhere that I go
All the people seem to stop and stare
They say “why are you dressed like it’s Halloween?
You look so absurd, you look so obscene.
Well I let their teeny minds think
That they’re dealing with someone who is over the brink
And I dress this way just to keep them at bay
‘Cause Halloween is every day
It’s every day.
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.
Abbie Walsh accessories are the perfect match, for both, vintage and modern garments. The limited collections, as well as one-off pieces, are all handmade and embellished with beautiful beads and dreamy embroidery. And what makes them even more special is the original artwork created by the tattoo artist Heather Moore.
The most stylish sneakers that go with everything, regardless if it’s a pair of slacks, shorts or a dress, are the creation of SPITZ. This independent German brand focuses on quality as well as comfort and prides itself on creating sustainable and very feminine footwear. I’m a huge fan of their 1950s inspired saddle shoes, that are in my proud possession and I’m already salivating over a pair of the lilac sneakers from their Original line!
Shirley Ross, in the picture on the left, wears a dress designed by Edith Head for The Big Broadcast of 1938. Marlene Dietrich, in the picture on the right, wears a gown designed by Edith Head for Foreign Affair (1948).
Saddle -Piece of leather on a shoe, usually in contrasting colour, stitched from forward shank, at one side, over vamp to the other side.
A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion: Historic and Modern by Mary Brooks Picken
In the pictures, by Gregory Michael King, I’m wearing: the 1950s Handmacher skirt,1940s inspired blouse from House of Foxy. I replaced the modern buttons with Art Deco ones, SPITZ saddle shoes, SPITZ patent leather sock belts and Gerbe Bobby socks designed exclusively for SPITZ.
A brief history of saddle shoes.
In 1906 A.G. Spalding, the American sporting goods company, introduced saddle shoes as athletic footwear. The All American shoe was first advertised as a tennis shoe but gained more popularity among golfers before finally reaching mainstream fashion.