Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fashionable History: Baby Face 1933

Once again the costumes designed by Orry-Kelly have made me gasp with delight while watching a film!
The Pre-Code Hollywood film Baby Face (1933) is a little gem of a film that raised a lot of eyebrows in the 30's. Barbara Stanwyck stars as down and out Lily Powers who soon discovers that she can use her sexuality to sleep her way to the top of the banking industry. A rags to riches story with a dark side...quintessential pre-code!
What I really loved about this film is the costumes. They play such an important role in guiding the viewer to the stages of her upwardly climb. They also provide us with a fantastic piece of history reflecting poverty, working class, and glitz in the heart of the Depression Era!



Lily Powers in a common day dress with her abusive father.

Lily as a mid-level employee at the bank.
Jealous and judgmental co-workers. I love the look on the blonde's face!
She's hit the big time!
She brought her friend Chico along for the ride and treats her well!
Watch the film for this dress alone! It is amazing!

3 comments:

Mama Violet said...

One of my all time favorite movies! Love the dresses.

BaronessVonVintage said...

eeeeks! love every single outfit!

Toby Wollin said...

Whoa - wait a minute -- is that a very young John Wayne in picture number two?