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“The Women”, must see!

solosmocker | Posted in General Discussion on

The night before last on Turner Classic Movies I stumbled onto a movie, 1939, called “The Women” with Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, and Norman Shearer. If you loves clothes and tailoring find this movie and rent it or search it out on cable. I have always admired clothing from the heydey of Hollywood, way before my time by the way, and love watching the clothes as much as the plot. There were no men in this movie about affluent women and love gone sour. Much of it was filmed at their “salon” where they would watch fashion shows and be fitted and purchase. But that is only scratching the surface. Suffice it to say that I hated to see this 2 1/2 hour movie end. The clothes, fit, and tailoring were beyond belief. I would guess the Designer was Edith Head. They truly were magnificent. You could get an entire education just watching the garments in this old film. Just exquisite suits and it was so obvious everything was fitted perfectly to each woman. Truly glamour. So, get the popcorn, rent the movie, call the girlfriends, and drool over some of Hollywood’s most amazing garments and stitchery.


  1. Mrs Sew and Sew | | #1

    You're absolutely right!  Not only is it a great movie but the fashions are a must see and you can get many ideas from it.  I saw this movie last year on PBS.  It fueled my passion for designs from the 40s through the 60s.  This is the time when designers made clothes to fit women of ALL sizes, not the industry standard that is in place now.

  2. Rosiem | | #2

    You know those little kids who watch ONE movie over & over? Well, that's me w/this movie!

    You wouldn't believe how much dialogue you catch on the 30th viewing *LOL*. You've got to be quick w/this movie.

    My grandmother was a fashion maven and once took me to a shop like the one in the fashion show. There was a maid to serve drinks and soda, and the dresses were brought into the fitting room. The seamstress was also there, since dress shops would never let imperfect fit stand in the way of a sale! 

    Sorry to hi-jack your thread.

    You're right, though. The fashions are gorgeous. There are so many that you could just put right on and look fabuous in even in this day & age...

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    paddyscar | | #3

    You are right, Solosmocker, Edith Head was the designer for that movie.  She had so much talent, style and grace in her designs.  The costume designer awards were always my favourite part of the Academy Awards, along with seeing the gorgeous gowns worn by the stars.  I can't say that now, sadly.

    Check out more of her films and fashions on http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0372128/


  4. solosmocker | | #4

    We are kindred spirits for sure!

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