>What Real People Wore- 1930s Fashion Show

>My good friend Kathy (of Blitz Visage Makeup Artistry) sent me a lovely surprise package and included in it was this very fun photo from a 1930s fashion show!
My guess is that this is probably from 1937-1938.  Isn’t this great?  We’ve got grand-pere there in the back with the girl who won looks like she won the ribbon. My guess is that this was probably either a school or club’s fashion show as a lot of the outfits look homemade.  In fact I just super enlarged the ribbon and although I can’t make it out in entirety part of it reads “Outing Show… Club of Southern California”.  Makes me think of how much fun it would be to do a fashion show with my vintage sewing buddies (and that includes you!).  When I look through old photos I love to pick out people who look a bit like folks I know… does anyone else do that?

My favorites are  the girl on the left in the floral dress with big hat and killer shoes, the pant suit, the girl with the kerchief on her head, the stripey zip up culotte number, and although I don’t particularly think it would look good on me, the shorts ensemble with the overcoat on the far right front has killer fabric.  Reminds me of my South American blouse I made a few years ago!
We’ve got a few questionable fashion/fabric choices in here, too.  But I have an affinity for the obnoxious, so I pretty much like everything.  Even Anne Boleyn in the back  “When we said ’37, we didn’t mean 1537!” 

12 Comments on >What Real People Wore- 1930s Fashion Show

  1. Ms Sew-n-Sew
    February 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm (5 years ago)

    >How lovely! She does look like Anne Boleyn – resplendent in her ruff!

  2. Tickety Boo Tupney - A Dash OF Worcester Sauce.
    February 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm (5 years ago)

    >What I wouldn’t do for some of those outfits!!!- I rather fancy the one that looks to be a plus-four/ knickerbockers suit (? – bottom left) I would look hideous in I’m sure, but hey, I like it! Some nice little jaunty (and big) hats too- sigh. Tups x

  3. Lauren
    February 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm (5 years ago)

    >Dang it! Susan, I accidental deleted your comment and can't retrieve it, so feel free to post again if you want :) Sorry about that!Aren't the girls in this photo fun?? Love how happy they all look!

  4. Lauren Hairston
    February 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm (5 years ago)

    >Fun stuff! Too bad we don't have a photo of what the girls in the back are wearing! I'd like to know what went with that Breton tee!

  5. wacky tacky
    February 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm (5 years ago)

    >Great photo and great idea! I think a fashion show would be really fun! My favorite is the romper with jacket (bottom right).

  6. BaronessVonVintage
    February 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm (5 years ago)

    >this made me smile so much! fantastic!

  7. Steph
    February 23, 2011 at 9:55 pm (5 years ago)

    >I like Anne Boleyn the best of them all.

  8. Katharina
    February 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm (5 years ago)

    >I adore this photo! I found it at an antique store in Pasadena in the summer of 2006. I had it for a while and i loved looking at it. It instantly reminded me of Lauren! Lauren also made a similar dress to the flower dress with belt and hat before and Im the lucky owner now! Thanks for posting this and Im glad everybody enjoys this picture like I do! ..and now add my makeup profile to your favourites and spread the link :) (i need to advertise a little, thanks for letting me :)

  9. Vintage Girl
    February 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm (5 years ago)

    >I would like a bathing suit just like the white one in front. Love this photo, thanks for sharing with us.

  10. casey
    February 24, 2011 at 12:02 am (5 years ago)

    >This is too, too good! ;) What a great little mail surprise for you. Loving some of those hats in there (though the Tudor-esque one… not so much. haha!).♥ Casey

  11. FoofandFaff
    February 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm (5 years ago)

    >Ooh love old photos! The girl on the back right looks fab, altho I'm not good with maxi skirts but I love the frilliness of it all!:)

  12. jennywren
    February 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm (5 years ago)

    >The dress the lady 4th from the right on the back row is wearing reminds me of the one LizzieMaine wears in her avator on The Fedora Lounge – how authentic is she!