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Woman in evening dress
Woman in evening dress
Resource Typeimage
TitleWoman in evening dress
Coverage / Yearc. 1930 to 1939
DescriptionPhotograph, b/w
InterpretationIn the 1930s the new look in fashion was elegant and serene with an emphasis on femininity. Hemlines dropped, mirroring the crash of the Stock Market. Gone were the elaborately beaded chemise dresses of the 1920s and in their place was fashion that reflected leaner times. The silhouette of the 1930s evening dress was simple to the extreme: a dress cut like a slip, on the bias. Compared to the ideal woman of the Twenties, the carefree young flapper, the ideal woman of the 1930s was older and more sophisticated. Pictured here is an unnamed MGM actress in a monochromatic ensemble with the textures of the various pieces playing against each other.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican Dream; American Communities in History; Depression Photo Essay;
Learning Standards16 History; 15 Economics;
SourceNew York Fashion: The Evolution of American Style by Caroline Rennolds Milbank, ISBN 0-8109-1388-7, 303 p., 1989 (p.99)
Subject / KeywordsFashion--History; Fashion industry; Clothing
Collection PublisherIllinois State Library;
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