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Monday, December 22, 2014

1940s Hoodies

While hoodies might seem a relatively new clothing development, and a fairly sloppy one at that, lovers of vintage style and fans of classic films may have noticed that in the 1930s and 1940s hooded dress and jackets where all the rage.  What's more these hoods where glamorous and beautiful.  Day dresses, jackets, capes and even winter evening gowns got the hooded treatment:


 
 
 
 
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image source  Claudette Colbert in hooded gown

Ever since seeing the incomparable Judy Garland in a gorgeous Christmasey hood in 1944's Meet Me in St. Louis.
image source Judy Garland in Crystal head wrap
 
I've wanted a 1940s hood of my own.   Judy's hood is actually a sort of sparkly snood and I decided that with my short hair I'd rather a hooded dress.   Luckily Etsy vintage seamstress The Black Pinafore had the perfect 1940s dress on her blog which I had seen modeled by the lovely Kitten Von Meow.

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 I asked Debora if she could make me a similar dress in grey wool and red satin and she readily agreed.   Debora has great customer service and sent me fabric and button samples at no extra charge and clearly explained how to take measurements.  The resulting dress is just want I wanted. 






 

Warm, pretty, and festive.  I'm still thinking about Judy's sparkly hood though... good thing there's always next year.




14 comments:

  1. Love it! Fun pictures. Is the first one on the Brooklyn Bridge?

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  2. You can pull the look off so well! Talk to me about the sparkly hood for next year!!!

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  3. Beautiful dress. I love hoods.

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  4. The red makes a very nice accent! Neat dress. And I can see why you have your eye on Judy's hood, it's lovely!

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  5. I love your outfit! The grey and red color combination is wonderful!

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  6. I have to say, hoodies were a lot more glamourous in those days! Love your coat, I have never seen anyone with so many clothes :)
    Lynne x

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  7. Looks fabulous. And we have to agree with Lynne (above) they did look glamourous in those days!

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  8. Yes that is a great look! I agree, sparkly is always an excellent choice :)

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  9. Absolutely fabulous. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  10. Oooh, Kate, it's seriously magnificent!!! I'm a die hard fan of vintage hooded garments as well and have always, always wanted a 30s, 40s or 50s hooded dress, too. Perhaps one day I'll follow your lovely lead and go the repro route there as well (especially since none have been forthcoming on the thrifting front over the years).

    I just have to say "wow" again, this is such a sensationally pretty dress!

    ♥ Jessica

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  11. This is a beautiful dress! I love the colours as well as the style. So gorgeous :) And, like you, I've been a bit besotted with Judy Garland's looks in Meet Me In St Louis. In fact, everything from that movie is to die for!!

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  12. You look beautiful in your dress, great choice for colors!! I did not know about the hood dresses, that's cool.

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