Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Polka Dot Polka from The Gang's All Here 1943

More polka dots - can't keep away from them....

Busby Berkeley's swansong and what a way to go! A feast on the eye from beginning to end with little in the way of plot (a good thing). Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Benny Goodman, a hundred chorus girls doing interesting things with bananas and all in stunning technicolor. Classic Berkeley routines, real dancing, fabulous songs, stunning gowns, amazing fantasy sets, jive, Benny Goodman and his orchestra, neon polka dots. FRUIT.
This is a musical film as it should be, 90% of it production numbers, a litttle romance, a little sentiment and a little comedy.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Winter Warmer

I've blogged this coat before but it's worth a revisit and I found another picture of it, I feel warm just looking at it.

Harella coat advert,October 1949

Harella coat in the flesh, House & Garden October 1949

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Never out of Fashion No 2

Polka dots - previously there was Lace shoes

Polka dots have been fashionable since the 1840s when the polka craze swept Europe and in the typical way of advertising everything possible was connected to the new fashion.

Worth 1880s

German 1926

French late 1920s

Mainbocher 1932

Katherine Hepburn in Woman of the Year 1942

Lanvin 1949

Gres 1953

Lanvin Castillo 1956

American import 1961

The Who c1965

Biba 1972

Balmain 1987

Yves Saint Laurent 1992

Moschino 1995

Valentino 2001

Monica Belucci in Tatler (Russia) December 2011

Miu Miu 2013

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Saturday, 13 September 2014