Tag Archives: fashions

How Not to Wear a Hat, Gangster Squad Edition

How to look like a hayseed just off the farm in really expensive clothes, as demonstrated by Sean Penn in “Gangster Squad,” costume design by Mary Zophres. Why does Hollywood have such a difficult time with men’s hats?

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June 9, 1908

Dolly Graham, actress, shows off the directoire gown on the streets of Los Angeles. Shocked citizens report the garment to prosecutors as "indecent" and "not nice." Email me

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May 1, 1908

Above, the latest style in women’s hats, the Merry Widow. Below, the scandalous divorce of Emanuel Augustine Lord of Bridgeport, Conn. Lord accuses his wife of an affair with Harry Cameron, the African American coachman. Quote of the Day: "Lord … Continue reading

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Fall fashions

Sept. 20, 1957Los Angeles A classic look, from a Bullock’s ad:  

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Back to school

  Aug. 28, 1957 Los Angeles It’s almost time for school to open, parents, so here’s some tips in shopping for new clothes. And there’s lots to cheer about! "Boys are turning their backs on the sloppy, bizarre clothing fads … Continue reading

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Swimsuit issue

The women’s page. Note the "early American" ashtrays and telephone stands. And closing the Mexican border to juveniles? Well, that might cut into business at the Half-Way House. A swimsuit and Ray-Bans? Classic 1950s.

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Follow the dots

More dots, on sale at Robinson’s. Email me 

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A little elegance

I always enjoy looking at the fashion ads in old newspapers. The drawings give the pages a stylish, classic look that is impossible with photographs. (I swear, 1957 must have been the year of the dots in women’s fashions).

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