New exhibit highlights Hollywood movie fashion

by Marie Rodriguez

Even in black and white, vintage Hollywood movies showcased clothes’ lush textures, targeted cuts, and simple silhouettes—the hallmarks of the ‘30s and ‘40s fashion.

The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., shows glamorous garments from Paris, Hollywood, New York, and Chicago in its trendy show off “Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion inside the 1930s and ‘40s.”

Featuring 30 pieces from the museum’s endless series, the exhibit specializes in how Hollywood dominated as the hub of style and trends for the duration of the Great Depression and World War II generation, stated Virginia Heaven, guest curator, and accomplice professor within the Fashion Department.

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“There are some sensational pieces,” Heaven said. “The thought became coming from the films.”

According to Heaven, well-known designers, including Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet, Valentina, Paul du Pont, Howard Greer, and Adrian, are featured inside the showcase.

Heaven said that even inside the darkest economic days of the ‘30s, around eighty to 85 million humans had been going to the films each week. For each upper- and lower-elegance member, movies were a haven, and having the style of the silver display screen exposed to so many ended in its effect on American fashion.

In addition to antique garments on display, Heaven said the tale of how the style capital shifted from Paris to Hollywood is woven throughout the show-off.

“Having a room complete of pretty matters isn’t that exciting, except there’s some form of story to go along with it,” Heaven said. “You must understand what you seek to convey when you begin that technique.

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