Ida Lupino, 1936

Lupino came to Hollywood in 1933 after a short film career in the UK where she was dubbed “the English Jean Harlow”. She struggled through endless fluff in Hollywood before finally being able to return to her original hair color and show her strength as a dramatic actress in The Light That Failed in 1939


A rare Elsa Schiaparelli couture military inspired evening coat, 1935

Schiaparelli London label, numbered 26519, of heavy red twill ‘Rouge Gaulois’ wool by Ducharne, the triangular front yoke with six pendant gilt curleque buttons, designed by Jean Cocteau, with unfinished, top-stitched seams, half lined in red silk.

The wool used in this coat is redolent of British Horse Guards uniforms. The stiffness of the fabric emphasizes the severe, clean lines of the tailoring. 


A Jeanne Lanvin couture pink organza evening gown, ‘Bocage’, Summer, 1933 

Unlabelled, bias cut with raised waistline, flared skirt, the sleeves formed from a cage-like lattice made from organza strips, with a small point at each join to give texture, with broad waist sash

For an identical model see 'Lanvin’ Palais Galliera catalogue p229. The design for this dress is preserved within the Lanvin archive, 1933 Volume III. It was shown in pale green and originally cost 1800 francs. ]