Vintage Fashion Film: The Women (1939)
The plot unfolds at the hands of a manicurist peddling Jungle Red nail polish, and in this film, it's a jungle out there for women who want to keep or get a man.
Its not just the polish name thats appropriate, the town gossip (played by Rosalind Russell) gets a dress covered in eyes (as if she had trouble seeing everyone else's business).
The fashion treat in the film is a technicolor fashion show. The rest of the film is in black and white, but the novelty of technicolor made the plot-dragging fashion sequence a big deal to audiences of the day. While film critics find fault with it and the movie's director wanted it cut, I love the zany fashions and the costumers' attempts to squeeze all the colors, all the styles and all the shapes possible into this scene.
The most outstanding look is this hand closure cape. I have no idea what is going on here.
If you want a fancy up-do that won't be spoiled by the wind, order one of these clear hats to cage it in.
Speaking of hats, this little gold cone never fails to remind me of the fanciest Conehead look.
More headwear. . . (and check out those jackets and shoulders).
It's a bit drab compared to the rest of the technicolor sequence, but this dress screams old Hollywood drama to me.
My favorite dress from the fashion show, is this one. I would love to have that jacket and the shorter part of the dress would be fun as well.
When time for a climactic showdown, Crystal Allen (played by Joan Crawford) certainly comes in with the winning gown, which I would love to see in color.
You can watch the entire fashion scene on Turner Classic Movie's site.