Tuesday, December 17, 2013

1920s Fashion Sourcebook

I finally acquired all three volumes; 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. I LOVE THEM. They are enormously thick and are full of pictures and artwork covering all aspects of fashion throughout the entire decades! Let's start with a sneak peak at 1920s:

This book is thick -- 575 pages! All the books begin with a little bit of history about the era and then the rest is pure photographic heaven with captions! The 1920s edition covers all aspects of fashion from 1920 to 1929. Mostly drawn fashion plates because they were preferred during this era to real models, but the book does have photographs of film stars and real models showing the latest 1920s fashions. Just a few examples:

Each book contains LOADS of photos of daywear, outerwear, gowns, accessories, hats, swimwear, sportswear, children's wear, wedding wear, shoes, everything! Daywear taking up the bulk of the books!

I will continue with the 1930s and 1940s at a later time. Meanwhile, 1920s is recommended!


  1. I received the 20's and 30's books as a Xmas present last year from hubby, and spent many delightful hours in their company. I do recommend them, though for those seeking perfection I will warn you that you will come across the odd inaccuracy (ex. there's a picture of Barbara Stanwyck dated early 30's when it is clearly anything but); for me the way the books are organized it is also annoying, I would have much preferred a chronological order to the random pile up within the chapters. Sill, they are great books.

    1. That Barbara Stanwyck picture in the 30s book was GLARING. I noticed a couple other obvious mistakes in the 30s book, too. I would have preferred chronological, but the way it is is fine, too.

  2. Is there a 50s version of this yet? I heard it was in the works. The 40s version is definitely my favourite but I wish they used more photos of real life people than fashion illustrations. xo


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