Sunday, January 16, 2011

If I died and went to vintage heaven ...

I might just wake up in George Cukor's 1939 film The Women. Last night it felt a little bit like I had. I've been unwell the last few days and I woke up in the wee hours last night feeling very ill and unable to sleep. I ventured out to the couch for a while, only to discover this film - with Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell and more resplendent in Adrian gowns - playing on late night TV.

Adrian's designs for this film were out of this world; completely unique, often ridiculous (but in a good way) and with a very high glamour quotient. Rosalind Russell's character is particularly spectacular, with all manner of mad head wear and check out this blouse covered in eyes!
Before I fell back into the land of sleep, I was lucky enough to catch the technicolour segue (the film is otherwise B&W) fashion show. Unfortunately I can't find a complete clip of it on You Tube which I can embed, but you can watch some of it here (not sure about the soundtrack?) or Casey from the blog Elegant Musings has posted extensively about it, including screen caps, here.

I particularly love the play suits and the evening gowns with capes. Who doesn't love a pair of gloves with built in light bulbs? Not even Patricia Field managed anything this weird in Sex and the City 2.

4 comments:

Gingeyginge said...

Love that outfit

Cassy said...

I need to see this film! It sounds fabulous. I wish there were more old films on tv. I just love stumbling across them on a Sunday afternoon or in the small hours.

Wild Tea Party said...

Sorry to hear you haven't been well. But at least it brought a little treat.

Brittney said...

love the drapiness and the colors and...just everything. so beautiful. i think i need to hunt down this movie.
-brittney
http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com (my daily outfit blog)