Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Icon: Beauties of the Depression Era

The Depression Era was, well, depressing.  Times were tough and resources (food and necessities) were scarce.  Yet, through these times, came inventions and ideas that helped people cope through it all.  Like everyone, event he glam entertainment industry was hit hard with tight budgets.  Extravagant clothing and gowns had to change because fabric was in short supply.  That's when you see starlets like Claudette Colbert, Myrna Loy and Jean Harlow "hemlines dropped like the Dow."

Dresses had tighter silhouettes and the lining were non-existence.  Sometimes women even skipped underwear! Like Josephine Baker, who often played her feminine roles in nothing at all... Lindsey and Britney were not the first to go without their panties after all.

To that end, here are some photos of some of our most stylish icons of the Depression Era....

Photo: George Hoyningen-Huene
Photo: Paramount/John Kobal Collection

Photo: MGM/John Kobal Collection/George Hurrell

Photo: John Kobal Collection/Getty Images

Photo: RKO/John Kobal Collection

Photo: Peter Stackpole/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
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Source:, Alison Baenen

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