This sourcebook is a season-by-season appraisal of the fashions of the 1930s, with over 600 photos and illustrations. Includes analysis of the significance of the fashions, and the key designers and fashion houses.
Out of the turbulence of the 1930s emerged a fashion revolution. Framed by two world-changing events, the economic crash of 1929 and the outbreak of the Second World War, unparalleled ingenuity and inventiveness from haute couture to the home-seamstress saw new trends emerge and thrive.
Despite economic and material constraints, many of the silhouettes that emerged from this decade still inform how we dress today. This is decade of the skirt suit, sportswear-as-daywear, jersey fabrics and trousers. In Hollywood, the silver screen was filled with icons with slinky satin gowns, marking a new and overtly sensual direction within women's fashion design.
Many of these original, never-seen-before images in this fabulous collection have been selected from popular fashion publications of the day, mail-order catalogues, and Hollywood studio press shots, including material from Chic Parisien, Harper's Bazaar, Sears, La Femme Chic and top film studios Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, RKO and Paramount.
Fashion Sourcebook 1930s is an essential guide for any vintage enthusiast.
Charlotte Fiell is a leading design historian who has written numerous bestselling books on all aspects of design. She studied at the British Institute in Florence, Camberwell College of Arts in London, and later trained at Sotheby's Institute, also in London.Emmanuelle Dirix is a highly regarded fashion historian and curator. She lectures on Critical and Historical studies at Winchester School of Art, Central Saint Martins, the Royal College of Art and the Antwerp Fashion Academy. She regularly contributes to exhibition catalogues and academic volumes. Recent projects include the exhibition and bookUnravel: Knitwear in Fashion,Fashion Sourcebook 1920s and1930s Fashion: the Definitive Sourcebook.