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 Good Housekeeping Fashion Design Images Easter 1932 to December 1932

C20th Fashion History 1930s

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Easter 1932 to December 1932 - Good Housekeeping Fashion Design Images Fashion History 1930s

These images are from December 1932 winter fashion Xmas issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.  All thumbnail images enlarge for personal use only printing and study.


December 1932 - Good Housekeeping Fashions

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This December 1932 fashion issue concentrated on advising the reader of all the latest fashionable styles for Christmas activities and included everything from lingerie to eveningwear.  Low backs and velvet fabrics were strongly featured. To keep the half clothed wearer warm, cover up fur capes and velvet wraps were shown.  This was such a glamorous look and one we associate with the the thirties movie stars.

 In the centre picture above the text stated that last year (1931) 45 out 50 women had worn white eveningwear.  But that for December 1932, coloured pastels and rich colours were the order of the day, whilst black was to be worn with a lighter or brighter wrap or jewels.  Nine tenths of wraps worn in Paris were velvet so it was clear to Good Housekeeping that wraps should be made from velvet first followed by satin, moiré or brocade as alternative choices.

Shirred ribbons, sleeves, sequins and flowers were all highlighted as potentially able to make a 1932 fashion statement for the woman of elegance - the distinguished woman.

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The images below are all from an Easter 1932 issue of Good Housekeeping.

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These images show how the hat fitted closely to the head in 1932. The 1930s style was also firmly established with bias cutting, a longer skirt length, the waist at the waistline and interesting sleeve lengths with cape angel sleeves and fuller bloused sleeves. These styles showed best on slender, but womanly more feminine figures than the boyish silhouettes of the 1920s. 

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You can read more detailed text about 1930's fashions for women in the stylish thirties and see more 1930 Good Housekeeping fashions like this in other pages here.

The original scans for the images I've presented here were kindly provided by Cynthia McCracken of Florida who sells vintage paper ephemera at eBay. My sincere thanks Cynthia for all your efforts in sending me these great images so all the site visitors and students can enjoy them freely.

You can see some free line drawings of earlier 1930s silhouettes here.

You can read more about 1930's fashions in the stylish thirties. You can read how to date an old photo in this section here.   Hats are very helpful when dating photos as are hairstyles so try my sections here.


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