The Golden Age of Hollywood spanned from the late 1920’s to the early 1960’s. During this period, movies evolved from silent films to the classical pieces we love and cherish today such as Singin’ in the Rain, Gone with the Wind and The Philadelphia Story. But today we’re putting the spotlight on Swing Time (1936). Why? Because of its #BridalFashun potential, of course.
When you take into account the dancing component of the film, these dresses become all the more relevant and worthy of your consideration. Bernard Newman (the costume designer) made these dresses to make them stand out on the dancefloor; with something similar, your dancing portion of the day will be memorable at the very least.
Keep reading to get Golden-Age inspiration from Hollywood!
The “Waltz in Swing Time” Dress
I was watching this movie on the plane and when this dress popped on the screen, I instantly knew I had to write about it. Mind you, the dress is initially covered by a textured cape which isn’t short of breathtaking, either.
The dramatic gown was made of pink organza with ruffles that bloomed from the sleeves and hem; and although the black-and-white nature of the film doesn’t allow us to drool over the pinkness of the dress, its silhouette and movement more than make up for it.
As if we needed any more reasons to fall in love with this dress, please join us as we direct our attention to the bodice and neckline. A button-front design goes all the way up to fasten a double, layered pointed-flat collar in the same sheer fabrication that covers the bodice (#swoon).
The “Never Gonna Dance” Gown
A style that differs wildly from the Waltz dress, the gown Rogers wore for this bit was simpler—albeit not a single bit less impressive. This jaw-dropping gown was designed with Newman’s signature bias cut and is more weighted in the hem. The accordion-like skirt allows for the swirling, dynamic patterns Rogers creates on the dance floor.
Silk satin and hand-sewn sequins make up the beauty of this design, which was also topped off with a sleek cape in the same fabric. Glistening, matching sequins tie the cape around Rogers’ neck, and when the cape comes off, it reveals the sequined criss-cross low back of the dress.
Pro-Stylist Tip: Update your Anomalie lookbook with the dresses you love and let your Stylist know which specific elements you’re looking to incorporate into your custom-made gown!
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