A Collection of Vintage Photos of 1930s Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli couldn’t sew and she didn’t sketch, yet she stormed Paris fashion in the 1920s and 1930s.  Along with Coco Chanel, her greatest rival, she is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in fashion between the two World Wars.

While her contemporaries Chanel and Vionnet set the period’s standards of taste and beauty in fashion design, Schiaparelli flouted convention in the pursuit of a more idiosyncratic style. Her designs were heavily influenced by Surrealists and she Invented the power shoulders, the wedge shoes, the jumpsuit, and the color shocking pink and inspired a generation of unconventional couturiers. Of her contemporaries she described Chanel as “that milliner”, while Chanel once dismissed her rival as ‘that Italian artist who makes clothes”.

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Elsa Schiaparelli, 1930’s via

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Comtesse de Zoppola in Elsa Schiaparelli, photographed by Edward Steichen, 1931 via

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Elsa Schiaparelli & Salvador Dali, Shoe-Hat, 1937/ 1938, wearing by Gala. Photo by André Caillet Fils, c. 1930s via

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A model in a Schiaparelli design, 1934 via

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The actress Ginger Rogers wearing Schiaparelli’s black velvet “Galyak” coat, 1937 via

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Marlène Dietrich in Elsa Schiaparelli evening dress, 1930s via
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Mae West in ‘Everyday’s a Holiday’, Elsa Schiaparelli designed her outfit, 1938 via

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Elsa Schiaparelli, dress and silver gloves, 1939 via

A Collection of Glamorous Vintage Photos of Mae West

Mae West (1893-1980)  American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades.

Known for her bawdy double entendres, West made a name for herself in vaudeville and on the stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to become a comedienne, actress, and writer in the motion picture industry.

In consideration of her contributions to American cinema, the American Film Institute named West 15th among the greatest female stars of all time. One of the more controversial movie stars of her day, West encountered many problems, including censorship. When her cinematic career ended, she continued to perform in Las Vegas, in the United Kingdom, and on radio and television, and to record rock and roll albums. Asked about the various efforts to impede her career, West replied: “I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.

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Mae West in She Done Him Wrong (1933)

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Mae West in I’m No Angel (1933)

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Mae West  in I’m No Angel (1933)

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Publicity portrait of Mae West, 1936

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“Mae West will break up her celebrated collection of diamonds, estimated to be worth half a million dollars, and turn over a selection of them to the War Production Board for use in precision instruments and cutting drills in defense factories.” June, 1943

A Collection of Photos featuring Women Wearing False Lashes

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Marilyn Monroe via

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Cher via

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Shelley Duvall via

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Mae West via

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1960s model Twiggy via

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Marianne Faithfull via

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Dolly Parton via

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Sophia Loren via

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Flower Lashes via