The 1930s was a turbulent decade for the world at large - a decade framed by two world-changing events, the economic crash of 1929 and the outbreak of the Second World War ten years later. This book reveals a world of revolutionary changes in fashion, and demonstrates the remarkable ingeniuty and inventiveness of designers and home-seamstresses who managed to thrive despite economic contraints and turmoil in Europe. This is decade of the skirt suit, of sportswear-as-daywear and jersey fabrics. But it was the Thirtes that also saw the rise of the glamorous Hollywood fashions, with silver-screen goddesses wearing slinky satin gowns that marked a new and overtly sensual direction within women's fashion design. Many of the 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-Golwyn-Mayer, RKO and Paramount.
Emmanuelle Dirix is a highly regarded fashion historian and curator. She lectures on Critical and Historical Studies at Winchester School of Art, Central Saint Martin's, the Royal College of Art and the Antwerp Fashion Academy. She regularly contributes to exhibition catalogs and academic volumes. Recent projects include the exhibition and book Unravel: Knitwear in Fashion, 1930s Fashion: the Definitive Sourcebook and 1940s Fashion: the Definitive Sourcebook. Charlotte Fiell is a world-renowned authority on the history, theory and criticism of design, and has written over 40 bestselling books on the subject.
Contents: Introduction by Emmanuelle Dirix; Catalogue section: Daywear; Outerwear; Eveningwear; Accessories; Other; End matter: Index; Biographies of designers.