Description or summary of the book: The 1930's ... they began somewhat unstylishly in the midst of a worldwide depression but ended as a dazzling and influential decade of haute couture. Influenced by the Bauhaus movement ('Form follows function') and the Art Deco trend, a coterie of brilliant designers set the tone for the times with an exciting new wave of provocative fashions.Here, in a handsome, painstakingly researched paper-doll fashion book, noted artist and fashion authoritiy, Tom Tierney recreates the exquisite inventions of the top couturiers: Schiaparelli, Lanvin, Vionnet, Molyneux, Chanel, Mainbocher, Worth, Paquin, and more. Rendered in glowing full color, the collection comprises two dolls and 32 meticulously detailed costumes, accurate down to the last nuance of fabric and fold.Suddenly out is the 'boyish look' of the Roaring Twenties. In is a more seductive line. In the '30s, skirts take on a clinging fluidity, hats get smaller, gloves of every length are a la mode and the backless evening gown makes a dramatic entrance. By 1933, Paris turns to hollywood for inspiration and film stars Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford and Garbo are the international fashion setters. (Tierney's dolls bear striking resemblances to the first two actresses.)Fashion connoisseurs will delight in this parade of stunning costumes, featuring a navy wool frock with sable-bordered cape-scarf and muff by Worth, an elegant gold lame' evening gown with gathered peplum flounce by Lanvin, a Chanel creation of white tulle with sunburst stitching; Schiaparelli's 'Chinese' tafetta cape and satin dress; and dozens of other inspiring designs. An informative text describes fabrics and accessories and lists the date of the creationand the designers name.This charming, inexpensive houte-couture collection will appeal to paper-doll enthusiasts, costume fanciers, fashion historians and anyone interested in the fascinating '30s.
Estimated reading time (average reader): 1H39M44S
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