Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Pre-War Look for Spring 1940

The long line torso was unmistakably new for the Spring of 1940.  Sometimes seen in a deep tunic on a skirt or sometimes in a long jacket, tunic, or sweater.  Sometimes pockets are placed low on the hips to achieve the elongated look.  This silhouette is easy to wear as long as you watch your proportions.  The January 15, 1940 issue of Vogue predicted that women would want to wear it for day or evening.  The following four illustrations by Rene Bouet-Willaumez (RBW) demonstrate the many variations:

Hattie Carnegie tunic suit with bolero jacket trimmed with braid.

Left: Black crepe dinner suit with yellow fronted jacket trimmed with braid.  Right:  Mink trimmed tunic dress of blue-grey crepe.  Both Falkenstein.

Left:  White tweed coat with oversized pockets by Jay-Thorpe.  Right:  Hattie Carnegie tunic dress of blue silk crepe, white organdy blouse.

Left:  Beige Rodier Tweed Suit with gold buttons.  Right:  Military-blue suit with gold buttons.

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