>Parade of Colorful Dresses, 1938

>1938 is one of my favorite years for fashion.  It was colorful, it was fun, it was quirky.  Sportswear was the “in” thing, and so was novelty!  Here’s a few fun images from a 1938 catalog to enjoy!

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17 Responses to >Parade of Colorful Dresses, 1938

  1. Tilly says:

    >Wowzers! Love the details on the yellow dress at the top and love the blue workwear outfit.There's a little film of a 1938 fashion show on my blog, as it happens.

  2. Kate O says:

    >I love that Gay Caballero blouse! x

  3. Charlotte says:

    >Ooh I love them all! Fabulous!xx CharlotteTuppence Ha'penny

  4. Erin says:

    >Where do you find these old catalogs with such vivid color and unstained pages?

  5. >Again, these pictures reminded me of Deanna Durbin's movie costumes, but I usually see them in black and white. What fun colors!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    >Wow! These are STUNNING!

  7. >I'm so glad you all like them!VERY COOL fashion show clip! Thanks, Tilly!Erin, they're usually pretty yellowed and this one has pages falling out, but I scan them in and remaster them in photoshop before I post them :)Java Bean Rush, you're right! It is very reminiscent of Deanna Durbin's costumes! And even though it was a year before, it also reminds me very much of the wear of the college crowd in Busby Berkeley's "Varsity Show" 🙂

  8. Lorie B says:

    >What always amazes me about these pictures is how colorful they are. I am used to seeing the clothing from that era in black and white from movies. And as much as I ADORE black and white movies…you do lose a sense of what things 'really' looked like in bold real life color. I makes me wish once again that I could just drop myself back into time for a week or two. With ALOT of money to buy hats, shoes and handbags. haha

  9. >Wow these are amazing! If there's one thing I love it's colourful vintage clothing, and these are so gorgeous!

  10. >love them, especially all the yellow dresses!

  11. >Fantastic styles and colours. I just love looking at them.

  12. >You have a very interesting blog. I love all the images.

  13. >Changeable! Swishing! That bright green slip is sort of frightening. The striped socks are worth remembering, though.

  14. casey says:

    >Oh wow! I always love seeing fashions from this era in color–it's amazing to see some of the combination and how bright things could be! So fantastic! I really love those short capelets in one of the scans; so sweet. Thanks for sharing these, Lauren!!! :)♥ Caseyblog | elegantmusings.com

  15. Lauren says:

    >You have a very interesting blog. I love all the images.

  16. Lauren says:

    >Again, these pictures reminded me of Deanna Durbin's movie costumes, but I usually see them in black and white. What fun colors!

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