Dress for your Shape - A Vintage Guide

Thursday, December 17, 2009
The Female Body Shape - Which are you ?

A vintage tutorial on how to dress correctly for your
body shape.Everything you need to know about
what kind of figure you have, and what kind of figure you
might like to have !
The irreverant Trinny and Susannah have identified 12
different body types - to help women choose the right
fitting clothes - namely apple, hourglass, skittle, vase,
cornet, lollipop, column, bell, goblet, cello, pear and
finally brick !
Whew !
In the 1930's,1940's, and 1950's, things were a little
less complicated.

Just three questions to ask yourself -
Are you Normal, Scant or Full ?
Found this is an old Spencer Corsetry catalogue.
It applies still today for dress and lingerie fitting.






The Abdomen [above image]
View figure from the side. For purpose of figure description, the abdomen is considered as starting at the waistline . The "Normal" abdomen will have a slight curve, but no pronounced fullness. The "Scant" abdomen may be flat or concave. The "Full" abdomen has a decided curve.


Front Thighs [above image]
View figure from the side. Consider the curve from the groin down to the knee . If there is only a slight curve, giving a smooth, unbroken line, the thigh is "Normal." If the line is straight, the description is "Scant." If there is a bulging curve, the description is "Full."


Back-Up [above image]
View figure from the side. Consider the curve from the waist up as high as the support is to be ordered
If it is only a slight curve, giving a smooth, unbroken line, it is "Normal." If the line is straight, the description is "Scant." If there is a bulging curve, the description is "Full."


Back-Down [above image]
View figure from the side. Consider the curve from the waist down to the crease where the buttock joins the leg . When the figure has a rounded curve the description is "Normal." The figure with a straight, flat backline is "Scant." When the backline shows a bulging curve, the description is "Full."


Under-Arm [above image]
View figure from the front, but so that side of breast does not obscure the underarm line. Consider the curve from the waist up as high as support will extend.



Side Hip [above image]
View figure from the front. Consider the curve at the side of figure from the waistline down to a point which is opposite and slightly below the crotch


Side Thighs [above image]
View figure from the front. Consider the curve in that portion of the side leg which is opposite and slightly above the crotch, down to the knee . If there is only a slight curve, giving a smooth, unbroken line, the thigh is "Normal." If the curve is less than normal, the description is "Scant." If there is a bulging curve, the description is "Full."


PERFECT FEMALE POSTURE [above image]

Posture is called " erect " when a perpendicular line from the ear passes through the shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle joints (see dotted line on left-hand figure). The curves at back above and below waist are normal. The pelvis is balanced perfectly, in a completely natural position . The line drawn through the figure at right indicates the normal tilt of the pelvis. The organs are properly placed, breathing is natural, and the body is gracefully poised. Few people have erect posture.



NORMAL FEMALE POSTURE [ or Lardotic ]
[above image]
The sign of lordotic posture is a deep curve in the back near the waistline . There is more than normal fullness below waist at back and usually fullness above waist at back. The shoulders are thrown backward to balance the body. The pelvis is tilted too far downward at front and the contents of the abdominal cavity are thrown forward and downward, out of their normal position. The dotted line indicates normal tilt ; the solid line shows extra downward tilt which has occurred in the pelvis. Many women have lordotic posture.

Glamour Daze - An Image Archive of Vintage Fashion and Beauty

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Glamour Daze - An Image Archive of Vintage Fashion and Beauty

Festive Greetings to all my friends !

The vintage fashion and glamour channel. Educational videos from public domain archives like the Prelinger Archive.
Makeup Tutorials,Dress,and Hairstyles from the flappers of the 1920's,to the art deco styles of the 1930's,and up to the glamourous 1940's,and 1950's.
Celebrate the beauty and femininity of a golden age.
Educational Purposes only.US Fair Use .

Makeup History - The Makeup Look from 1910's to 1950's

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

1900 Makeup Look



Makeup Look 1920's




Makeup Look 1930's




Makeup Look 1940s





Makeup Look 1950's

The Vintage Make-up Guide .


To get the genuine vintage looks and styles of 1920s make-up, 1930s make-up, 1940s make-up and the 1950s makeup  - visit Vintage Make-up Guides !


MAKE-UP TIMELINE - The Makeup Look from 1910's to 1950's

Further to the last big post on the history of Glamour Makeup, here is a visual representation or
Makeup Timeline from the film The Powder and the Glory.
It serves as a great vintage makeup guide.

The Powder & the Glory, a 90-minute documentary narrated by Jane Alexander, tells the story of two of the first highly successful women entrepreneurs.Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein. One hundred years ago these women immigrated to America and, starting with next to nothing, created what is today the $150 billion global health and beauty industry.