Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fashion Horizons: Planes and Starlets

I found this 1940s travelogue while poking around the web.  This short film, entitled Fashion Horizons, was sponsored by TWA and Paramount pictures and was designed to showcase up and coming Paramount starlets such as Mary Martin, Martha O'Driscoll, and the beautiful Esther Fernandez (though you will have to ignore how often the narrator references her Latina ethnicity -- I suppose it was a sign of the times).

The fashion is not-to-be missed! This film was also designed to showcase the new fashions of 1941.
There are some truly boring moments where the narrator discussed the features of the latest Boeing airplane, and some discussion of different sights to see, but short fashion moments are interspersed every few minutes in between so don't skip anything.

Most of the action takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico and at the lovely Camelback Resort in Phoenix, Arizona (it is still in existence as a Mariott property).

Although natural fabrics were king, it is interesting to see how much more synthetic fabric such as rayon and rayon gabardine were used during the time period.

Two of my favorite outfits were the jersey patio slacks suit and the daisy patterned dress with pinafore ruffled sleeves (I just love the bright and cheery fabric!). Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Haliburton Luggage!?!?!

    Wow, what a time capsule!

    Could the fur vignette have been more awkward?

    oooooo - high heeled western boots and campfire eggs and bacon. :)

    I like the military dresses.


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