Thursday, August 17, 2017

More Scene Stealing Fashion for Fall, 1940s

Gene Marshall
Miss Marshall's Town and Country suit becomes a show stopper with the addition of a fabulous suede tilt topper accented with vintage feather detailing. There were many hat styles during the 1940's, but none more sophisticated than the tilt topper. The traditional topper was a stiff silk hat worn by men for formal day and evening occasions. Milliners took the distinctive style and fashioned it for women in various fabrications and trims.

Photo by Richard Avedon for Vogue, 1946.
A Regency Dandy Suit, designed by Morris Kraus for the Suit Salon at Bonwit Teller in New York, is topped with a marvelous tilt hat with a unique crown shape. A simple, narrow hat band and veiling complete this smart style.


Gene Marshall
The same topper gives chic distinction to the dress from It's A Cinch. Additional accessories include gloves from D.A.E. Originals, bracelet from Ashton Drake, handbag from PD Root, and belt from The Couture Touch.

For more on tilt hats, you may also enjoy the following posts from the archives:
Tilt Hats, Part 1
Tilt Hats, Part 2

A 1940's Tilt Topper labeled NY Creations.
From the author's personal collection.

Credits:

Shanghai Siren Gene Marshall, enhanced with an articulated body from Integrity, is from Ashton Drake.

"Town and Country" suit ensemble and "It's A Cinch" fashion are from Integrity. Additional accessories for Miss Marshall's updated "Town and Country" look include leather gloves and scarf from The Couture Touch.  Handbag is from Ashton Drake.

Miss Marshall's OOAK tilt topper is from The Couture Touch.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Scene Stealing Fashion for Fall 1943

Miss Gene Marshall
Two legendary stars of Monolithic Studios show their distinctive fashion style just in time for Fall.

Gene Marshall
The accent is on high-style as Miss Marshall updates The Little Black Dress with striking accessorizing. Hat, gloves, corded handbag, belt, earrings, and shoulder cape are all from The Couture Touch. Cigarette holder is from Mystyna. Dress is from Ashton Drake.

Madra Lord
Doing Her Part to looking smart, Miss Lord pairs a classic, fitted jacket with a slim black skirt. Note the dashing accessories starring a simply chic hat. Jacket, gloves, handbag, and earrings are from Ashton Drake. Top and skirt are from Sandra Stillwell. Fur is from miniature furrier PD Root. Hat and brooch are from The Couture Touch.


Roll Credits:

Blue Belle Gene Marshall and Siren In the Night Madra Lord are from Ashton Drake. Both have been enhanced with an articulated body from Integrity.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Hollywood Diva's Fall Wardrobe Picks

From day wear to cocktails, Monolithic Studios' resident diva extraordinaire Miss Madra Lord takes a fresh look at old favorites. And look for hats to play a starring role.


Madra goes to the head of the class in "Chocolate Truffle", designed exclusively for her by Jim Howard, for Ashton Drake's 2001 Gene Marshall Collection. The delightful hat is borrowed from an OOAK Barbie doll suit ensemble, artist unknown.


Cocktail hour calls for the luscious "Bandolier Morado" silk suit from Sandra Stillwell's Golden Gate Glamour Event. A marvelous little hat from The Couture Touch and a black waist bow (borrowed from "It's A Cinch" Gene Marshall) play a supporting role.

Madra Lord

Credits:

Spotted in Manhattan Madra Lord is from Mel Odom and Jamieshow. Miss Lord's coifs were provided by Facets by Marcia (Brittany wig in Pale Blonde) and Jamieshow (Lamour wig cap in Lite Blonde), respectively.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Birthday America!


Victoire Roux gams it up as a 1940's pin-up wearing "High Tide", the delightful Vanessa Perrin costume, from Integrity's 2007 Style du Jour Collection. The platform shoes were a lucky doll show find. Umbrella is from Ashton Drake. Buenos Aires Victoire Roux is from Integrity.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Say Hello to Summer

For the best dressed gal in town.... A crisp, summer-cool frock to take our favorite miniature star through her busy day.

Gene Marshall
A vibrant print, flirty peplum, and interesting trim detail highlights this circa 1940's two-piece cotton dress. And to top it all off, a black felt hat styled to complement Miss Marshall's pompadour.

Credits:
OOAK dress and hat are from The Couture Touch.
Gloves, jewelry, and chair are from Ashton Drake.
Handbag is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection.
Film Fatale Gene Marshall, enhanced with an articulated body from Integrity, is from Ashton Drake. Coif is from the salon at The Couture Touch.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Vintage Friedmont Pink Wool Suit


This soft pink circa 1940's wool suit (labeled Friedmont) is complemented with black accessories including a dramatic tilt accented with pink feathers (no label), a black crochet handbag, and black gloves. A vintage tulip brooch and my mom's dragonfly pins complete the look.

Here is a close-up of the beautiful collar detailing.


Suit and accessories are all from my vintage closet.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Window Shopping at Harry's


So what does a beautiful, young movie star wear for a day of window shopping on New York's Fifth Avenue?

Gene Marshall
Vintage floral appliques highlight this sleek and sophisticated two-piece silk ensemble from The Couture Touch. A delightful Asian conical hat perfectly tops the fresh summer look. Handbag is from D.A.E. Originals.

Miss Marshall graciously poses for a fan in front of the Harry Winston Salon.

Credits:
White Orchid Gene Marshall is from Mel Odom and JamieShow.
Backdrops are from RaiHing.
Old photo effect is from Bakumatsu Koshashin Generator.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day!

Miss Gene Marshall

The Couture Touch salutes the brave men and women who proudly serve our country.

WWII pin-up girls photo courtesy imgur.com

Miss Marshall's Costume Credits:
Two-piece outfit borrowed from Heat Wave Violet Waters. Hat from Golden Riviera Madra Lord set. Both from Integrity.
Earrings, flag, and chair are from Ashton Drake. The restyled Film Fatale Gene Marshall, enhanced with an articulated body by Integrity, is from Ashton Drake.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Swell Pin-Up

During WWII, many Hollywood leading ladies led recruitment and bond drives, entertained the troops, and even graciously posed for pin-up photos to bolster the morale of our fighting men.

Donna Reed 
Photo courtesy Blu-ray Forum
Donna Reed, best known for It's A Wonderful Life (1946) and The Donna Reed Show (1958-66), was a popular pin-up for many GIs. Her "girl-next-door" good looks and warm onstage personality contributed to her popularity. She took the time to personally answer letters from servicemen stationed overseas.

Photo courtesy The New York Times.
Miss Reed saved hundreds of letters from star-struck WWII servicemen. For nearly 65 years they were kept in a shoe box inside an old trunk long stored in the garage of her home in Beverly Hills. Discovered by her children in 2008, some of the letters were made public by her family in the 2009 New York Times article "Dear Donna: A Pinup So Swell She Kept GI Mail." Click HERE for the fascinating story.
Donna Reed
Photo courtesy Combatsim Forum


Thursday, May 18, 2017

1940's Suits from My Personal Collection



What started as a modest vintage hat collection soon expanded to other accessories, and....of course tailored suits and dresses. Here are three suits from my vintage closet.

Suit labeled Rosenthal, Chicago. A second label, sewn inside the lining of the jacket, reads Tailored by Irving Rosenthal for a specific client, dated 3/23/1946. Turban style hat labeled Lamson's, Toledo Ohio.

Sadly no label in this marvelous jacket. Hat is labeled Lilly Dache along with a Marshall Field's French Room Label.

A late 40's suit with double peplum and banding detail. Paired here with a black skirt. No label.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Originator, 1946


The Originator was a unique sketchbook of modern fashion trends and ideas. The monthly publication featured authentic designer sketches to illustrate style variations and creative applications for smart designs. Whether a new pocket, a beautiful neckline, or a basic silhouette, the Originator's unique feature was to show its ultimate use in various garments such as blouses, dresses, suits, and coats. During the 1940's and 50's, The Originator Publishing Company also sold an expensive, highly stylized line of sewing patterns similar to Modes Royale.

For your viewing enjoyment, the following scans are from the 1946 Summer and Fall issue.















Credits:
The Originator Publishing Company, New York, NY.
Blueprints of Fashion, Home Sewing Patterns of the 1950's by Wade Laboissonniere.



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Traveling 1940's Style


Whether by train, boat, or plane...the women of the 1940's traveled in high style. Hats and gloves accessorized the impeccably tailored suits and dresses of the well-dressed traveler. So leave those jeans and sweats behind and join two of the stars of Monolithic Studios on a journey of style.

A smart suit ensemble worn by film star Gene Marshall.
The re-styled jacket, borrowed from J'Adore Gene Marshall, is paired with a black skirt from Sandra Stillwell. Her uniquely shaped, off-the-face, tweed hat from The Couture Touch is in the mood of the moment and complements her fabulous pompadour hairstyle. Scarf is from Mattel. Gloves are from Ashton Drake. Handbag is from Robert Tonner. Earrings and bracelet are from an unknown designer. Brooch is from Facets by Marcia

Director Ivy Jordan 
A sharply tailored suit shows it's soft side with touches of white and taupe. Hat and muff are from Mattel. Scarf and earrings are from The Couture Touch. Gloves and brooch are from Integrity. Suit is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection.

A quartet of fabulous 1940's travel suits.
Photo courtesy Jelena Zivkovic @ Belgrade Photo History


Credits:
Gene Marshall appears courtesy Ashton Drake.
Moss Rose Ivy Jordan is from Integrity.
J'Adore Gene Marshall is a FDQ Exclusive from JamieShow.




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Utility Chic

From war-time London, 1940's.....

Autumn 1944
The interplay of seams, pockets, and pleats were the hallmark of the British utility suit during WWII. Wartime shortages and rationing gave rise to this functional yet stylish, well-cut, and well-made design. The tailored silhouette featured a longer length jacket with boxy square, padded shoulders and a slightly nipped-in waist paired with a shorter, just below-the-knee skirt.

A model checks out the new utility suit.
Photo by James Jarche for The Daily Herald. Courtesy Granny Chic Gal

Miss Gene Marshall
American film star Gene Marshall shows off her utility chic by pairing a striped linen skirt with the smartly tailored, fur-trimmed jacket from D.A.E. Originals' "Business Class" ensemble. Felt tilt topper and skirt are from The Couture Touch. Scarf is from Mattel. Purse is from PD Root. Shoes and gloves are from Integrity.

Gene Marshall

Spring suits in soft boucle wool, Spring 1942.

For the home seamstress, a sewing pattern for the new longer length tailored jacket and an alternative version with short sleeves, perfect for Spring.

A trio of war-time suits featured in the September 1941 issue of Vogue Pattern Book.

London, 1940's. Understated elegance against a backdrop of ruins.
Lee Miller photo courtesy Vintage Everyday

"Fashion is Indestructible"
Digby Morton suit. Cecil Beaton photo. London, 1941.

Credits:
Fashion in the Forties by Julian Robinson.
British Vogue, Autumn Forecast and Fabrics with Vogue Pattern Book supplement, September 1941.

Gene Marshall is the incomparable "Symphony in G" by Ashton Drake. Body by Integrity.