My homage to Claudette Colbert’s iconic outfit in “It Happened One Night” (1934)

I’ve wanted to recreate this iconic outfit from one of my favourite films, ” It Happened One Night” for quite some time now and here is my homage to that simple, yet striking “travelling suit”, Claudette Colbert donned in her role as the spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews.

The original one would have had a cardigan in knitted fabric and probably a rayon or woolen skirt. My version is in viscose rayon for both cardigan and skirt.

The very popular way of cutting fabric on bias in the era and here in a striped fabric creates the typical geometric deep v pattern both at the front and back, by having a central seam. The cardigan also features a Peter Pan collar and cuffs in white cotton contrasting with the main fabric. It has original vintage 1930s Art Deco buttons both for fastening and for the belt.

The calf length skirt has two kick pleats at the back and one at the front. Fastens with  snap fasteners and a vintage button at the side.

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1940s style nightgown for upcoming “Night Rain” promo shoot

Here is a beautiful  1940s style nightgown in mint green silk for her upcoming film “Night Rain”, modelled here by the lovely Jeanne Marie, producer, director, writer and actor of  #nightrainmovie #seasonsandamuse

Cut on bias with deep V necklines both front and back, with gatherings under the bust and pointed inserts at the waist give the wearer a flattering silhouette. With snap fasteners and hooks and eyes at the side.

 

 

 

 

 

1940s style “Mildred” revamped

This beautiful early 1940s style tea dress in original printed floral vintage silk is the new ” little sister” to “Mildred”, from my 1940s dress collection from 2017. With a slightly raised funnel neck on the front yoke and gathering around the bust ending in a rounded and very flattering high waist bias cut skirt this creates the lovely familiar silhouette of the era. The back closure has fabric covered buttons and the short padded sleeves are gathered to an interesting effect.

 

Early 1930s style “Hester” revamped

Here is a newly revised version of “Hester”, the lovely beach pyjamas from my 1930s beachwear collection from couple of years ago, this time in sweet dotted red printed reproduction cotton and ash duck canvas cotton trousers. It also features original vintage wooden buttons at the front and a bakelite buckle on the belt.

 

My take on Margaret Schlegel’s Edwardian coat in Howards End

This beautiful double breasted and fitted, flared full length Edwardian style navy wool coat with gathered puff sleeves, a centre back panel with a slight train and a hidden slit, back pockets and a smaller decorative pocket flap at the front and numerous mother of pearl buttons make it quite the queen of coats. Here modelled by the lovely new owner, Victoria.

 

My homage to Bette Davis’ “All about Eve” dress

Here I present my homage to Edith Head and Bette Davis’ dress in All About Eve. This beautiful early 1950s style ballet length gown in pink/ orange shot silk dupion and nylon tulle creates the perfect silhouette for the belle of the ball. With a full skirt and fitted bodice, the greatest detail is in the off shoulder tulle gathered across, fastened by a diamanté brooch, creating a fantastic assymetrical, slightly illusion type effect. Added, half 3/4 length sleeves. Also with tulle belt across waist fastened by a brooch at the side. With zip fastening at the back.

 

Early 1930s style wool skirt

Here’s  a lovely early 1930s style burgundy wool skirt with panelling and kick pleats. The vintage buttons down the front panels add a great little detail typical of the era. Closes with snap fasteners at the side.

 

IMG_1348Here’s a lovely early 1930s style burgundy wool skirt with panelling and kick pleats. The vintage buttons down the front panels add a great little detail typical of the era. Closes with snap fasteners at the side.

 

 

Mid- 1930s style summer darling

This sweet mid-1930s style cotton dress in a lovely geometric Art Deco print has a front yoke with turned collar joined by original green Bakelite buttons and a jabot, both in cream Egyptian cotton muslin. The arrow shaped belt also in the same cream fabric fastens with a Bakelite button. It also features a centre pleat in the skirt hem, both at the front and back, formed by a triangular peak very typical of the era.

An interesting detail at the back is the triangular shaped yoke with fan like darts in the middle of the peak in the centre.

The 3/4 length sleeves are of the very popular balloon variety, narrower at the upper arm and ballooning towards the sleeve bands.

The dress has a side snap fastening.