Saturday, December 20, 2008

Depression-Era Beauties

Style.com made an awesome tribute to the glamorous starlets of the 1930s.  Last semester I took History of Costume, and when we finally began covering the 1920s and 30s I was so happy.  These women were gorgeous and, for the first time, portrayed women as the strong and sensual beings that we are.


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Josephine Baker, or La Baker, posing in what would have been a very scandalous photoshoot for Vanity Fair in 1929.  Sadly, this would be a normal photoshoot for many magazines these days.  Everything has become just a little bit less classy.


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Claudette Colbert in The Sign of the Cross.  Check out the dude's gladiators!


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The fantastic Jean Harlow, 1933.  Remember when Gwen played her for a *very brief* role in The Aviator?  I thought she was perfect when I first saw it.


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Myrna Loy and a cute pooch in 1934's The Thin Man.


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There is something so sexy about this picture, I believe it is the pout and eyes that Tyra would call "fieeeerrrrcccee."  Barbara Stanwyck in 1937's Breakfast for Two.


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Ugh, I cannot believe how gorgeous Ginger Roberts is.  Gah!  You see so many celebrities trying their damnedest to copy these chic girls from the 1930s, and they end up falling very very short.  Look at her, she is effortless.


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Carole Lombard, photographed in 1938.  

4 comments:

  1. I love Josephine Baker, she is such an icon.

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  2. i loooove Ginger Roberts. i have seen almost every fred and ginger film over and over!

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  3. The late 20's are my favorite era ever. The clothes, the hair, the music-everything was so cool and decadent. I'm sure you've seen Chicago, but The Cat's Meow has the best costumes-if you haven't seen it you should check it out!

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