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What kind silhouettes do these dresses have?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Chatter - Anything and everything' started by Mary Ann, Sep 29, 2021.

  1. Mary Ann

    Mary Ann Registered Guest

    I love 1930s fashion, but I don't know all that much about it. What kinds of neckline, bust, and waistline do these dresses have?

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  2. mags_rags

    mags_rags VFG Member

    Welcome to the VFG forums, Mary Ann!

    Very pretty. Your examples look late 1930s into early 1940s inspired to me, when the shoulders were being emphasized a bit more than before (but not majorly padded as they would become later in the 1940s), and waist more defined while the skirt still clings and flares below the hips.

    For me, the 1930s is about the bias cut silhouette. Think Jean Harlow, or rayon satin lingerie. Here's an example from Wikimedia - the caption reads "a Vionnet-inspired dress in the 1930s. The dress is floor length, with a small train. It has cap sleeves, a high neckline with soft ruffles and ruching at the waist. The fabric for the dress was probably bias cut. 'By using the bias-cutting techniques, designers could produce gowns in silk, satin, chiffon and crepe that would cling around the bosom, waist and hips and flare out from the thighs into and elegant sweep of skirt.' (Information taken from: M. Costantino, Fashions of a decade: The 1930s"
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