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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Astaire and Roger's Style

May 10 was Fred Astaire's birthday and I celebrated with an Astaire and Roger's film fest.    Astaire and Rogers with the help of the RKO pictures costume designers Walter Plunkett and Bernard Newman wore some of the best fashions of the 1930s. A lot of the better known costumes are the evening dresses and famous top hat and tails but I like the more casual day wear. My picks for best outfits:

Flying Down to Rio 1933

I love the square details on this dress Roger's wore as Honey Hale  
Top Hat, 1935

Top Hat is known for Ginger's famous feather gown, but I like Helen Broderick's knit separates the best

Follow the Fleet 1936

In Follow the Fleet Fred and Ginger are more every day people.   I think this film has my favorite costumes in the series.                




Swing Time, 1936

Another Fred and Ginger as regular people film I love Ginger's every day dress

Doesn't Fred look cute in this bowler hat

Carefree, 1938

By Carefree you can see the beginning of a 40s style in the dresses            

Now if only they made clothes like that today!


  1. The fashions are one of the reasons I love older movies. Like you, I find myself focusing on what everyone is wearing and longing for the elegance and style of bygone eras. There's something about nostalgia...I just re-watched Rosemary's Baby and found myself fascinated with the styling. Looking forward to future features. You have me wanting to watch Follow the Fleet.

    1. I love Rosemary's baby and agree her style is amazing in the film

  2. Ooohh, I just adore the costuming in Follow the Fleet, too. Really though, anything Ginger wore in any film sets my heart aflutter (and the same goes for her splendid hairstyles and classic make-up, too). Great post, dear gal - I suddenly feel like sporting a 30s look now. :)

    Many heartfelt thanks for all of your terrific blog comments lately, dear lady,
    ♥ Jessica


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