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A 1930's evening gown.

A classic hair-do.

A longer hairstyle.

Old Hollywood is an aesthetic surrounding the movies, music, and fashion of the 1930's- 1950's. It's meant to draw you into a time before and forget about the current things happening.


Fashion

Clothing

Fashion from the old Hollywood days include:

  • Midi length dresses, large collars, puff sleeves, belted waists
  • A long evening gown, backless, deep cut, sleeveless
  • High waisted sailor pants
  • Slouch hats, tilt hats, knit berets
  • Pillbox hats
  • Fur boas and jackets
  • Oxford Shoes
  • T-strap and Mary Jane heels
  • Kitten heels
  • Pearl earrings
  • Small handbags
  • Opera gloves

Makeup was minimal but bold, dark lips and thin eyebrows were popular.


You can get pieces like these from vintage/thrift stores, there are also lots of sewing patterns on Etsy.

Hair

  • Lots of waves
  • Shorter hair is ideal, but you can still have lots of hair-do's with longer hair.
  • Classic finger curls are an amazing look.
  • You can find lots of inspiration from actors at the time.

Notable Figures

1930s

  • Greta Garbo
  • Rudolph Valentino
  • Colleen Moore
  • Norma Shearer
  • John Barrymore
  • Lon Chaney, Sr.
  • Joan Crawford
  • Gloria Swanson
  • Ginger Rogers
  • Barbara Stanwyck
  • Fred Astaire
  • Vivien Leigh
  • Errol Flynn
  • Clark Gable
  • Shirley Temple
  • Olivia de Havilland
  • Judy Garland
  • Jean Harlow
  • Fay Wray
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Bette Davis
  • Katherine Hepburn
  • Mickey Rooney

1940s

  • James Stewart
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Laurence Olivier
  • Cary Grant
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Veronica Lake
  • Ava Gardner
  • Henry Fonda
  • Lana Turner
  • Gary Cooper
  • Rita Hayworth
  • Gene Tierney
  • Hedy Lamar
  • Bob Hope
  • Ingrid Bergman
  • Bing Crosby
  • Robert Mitchum
  • Burt Lancaster
  • William Holden
  • John Wayne

1950s

  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Elvis Presley
  • Grace Kelly
  • Marlon Brando
  • Rock Hudson
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Ruby Dee
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • James Dean
  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Debbie Reynolds
  • Lucille Ball
  • Jeanne Crain
  • Sophia Loren
  • Natalie Wood
  • Charlton Heston

Film

Here are some of the classic movies from this time period.

  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Gone with the Wind (1939)
  • King Kong (1933)
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  • Frankenstein (1931)
  • Dracula (1931)
  • Snow White (1937)
  • Singin' in the Rain (1952)

There are also many later movies, set in or pay homage to the era:

  • Sunset Boulevard (1951)
  • Cats Don't Dance (1997)
  • Silent Movie (1976)
  • Singin' In The Rain (1952)
  • The Artist (2011)
  • Myra Breckinridge (1970)

TV Shows

-Hollywood, Ryan Murphy (2020) (about a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers during the Hollywood Golden Age in the post-World War II era)

Music

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Gallery

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