Behind The Scenes Of The Virtual Fashion Show For Festival of Vintage - A look Into 1930’s Fashions

Behind The Scenes Of The Virtual Fashion Show For Festival of Vintage - A look Into 1930’s Fashions

The 1930's - An era renowned for its simple elegance with iconic shapes, design features and exquisite fabrics. An era framed by world changing events with the depression in the early years and World War 2 braking out in 1939. But it was the thirties that provided a new direction within women's fashion design with the rise of glamourous Hollywood styles and silver screen icons wearing more sensual silhouettes. A decade of design which saw the rise of sportwear as daywear, matching accessories to garments, practical streamline silhouettes and figure hugging sultry eveningwear. 

At last years Festival Of Vintage our collaboration fashion show with House Of Foxy ' Top to Toe - A glimpse into the fashions of the 1930's and 1940's' focused on how you could wear both Original and Reproduction fashions to create authentic and easy to wear outfits everyday. Sadly due to the Coronavirus Pandemic this years Festival of Vintage has had to be postponed, but the fabulous Event Organiser, Keeley Harris has created a virtual event over on her Facebook Pages. She asked if we could create a virtual fashion show using some of the pieces we had been collecting and curating throughout the year. 

Our offering for this years event is ' A look into 1930's Fashions', we are focusing on key looks from the era  and sharing with you some of our favourite original pieces. We have curated a selection of garments and accessories throughout the past year, some pieces are from our ever expanding personal archives whilst most will be for sale via our website once the weekends event is complete. Sadly, we cant share our original plans as this included some fabulous new 1930s inspired designs coming from House of Foxy which haven't yet been launched due to COVID19. But please do checkout the website and social media as the majority of the new collection are must have staples for any vintage lovers wardrobe and work fabulously paired with original vintage. Check out / @thehouseoffoxy on social media. 

Inspired by the springtime florals of the English meadows this look is perfect for afternoon tea in the garden. Building an outfit is all about layering varying textures and this flatlay suggestion features straw, crochet, rayon and silk which creates lots of eye catching details. 

A darling 1930s daywear piece, bias cut with a fabulous pleated hemline section, original belt and made from the most beautiful floral rayon in powder blues, bold greens, buttery yellows and soft lilacs. 

A curated display of typical 1930's day wear, on the left we have a 1930's bias cut dress in a lovely floral chiffon, in the middle we have a beautiful day dress in a rust crepe and to the right we have an exquisite 1930's day dress in a green floral silk.   

Inspired by the iconic looks from the 1930's summer lawn parties of the era this look features elegant floral chiffons and classic 30's accessories. Within the inspired flatlay we have a fabulous pair of Lotus 30's shoes in a classic deco green with gold detailing and a rare celluloid ivory clutch handbag both of which are favourite pieces of ours from this curated look. 

An iconic 1930's bias cut day dress In a lovely floral chiffon, cut on the bias and featuring an overlaid sleeve with pleated edge detailing. 


A true 1930's colour, rust this dress is made from a lovely lightweight crepe. Bias cut, long sleeves and featuring a beautiful rosette detailing to the bodice. 

 A stunning example from the era, a 1930's green floral silk day dress with frilled contrast ivory collar, puff sleeves and a box pleated lower skirt detailing. 

 A close image up of our inspired flatlay by Maggie Mae's Vintage. Find more images over on our Instagram / Facebook & Twitter pages - @maggiemaesvintage @maesvintage  


An inspired grouping to the left we have a 1930's geometric print day dress in a deep red, in the middle a 1930's day dress in a novelty geometric cigarette print crepe and to the right we have a floral 1930's day dress with button front, scalloping and attached faux bolero with a 1930's lightweight summer overcoat in eau de nil.  

 A classic 1930's daytime look in an iconic colour pallet of dark browns, soft creams and deco oranges. In our inspired flatlay we have accessorised with a lovely late 30's brown raffia tilt hat with veil, brown popcorn crochet handbag, an art deco pointed geometric print scarf and an early celluloid snake bangle. 

 One of our favourite pieces from this years curated collection a 1930's day dress in a lovely mid weight crepe in a novelty geometric cigarette print. The epitome of its era this dress has a fabulous silhouette featuring a shaped collar, 3/4 length sleeve with innovative cut out detailing, a matching belt with art deco buckle and all cut on the bias. 

 An iconic shape from the era and made using a mid weight crepe in an impeccable geometric print in a deep red colour pallet, this 1930s dress oozes simple elegance. Featuring a shaped pointed contrast collar, full length sleeve with innovative pleating detailing, pockets with deco buckles and a fishtail shaped lower skirt section. 

Knitwear was very popular from the late 20's onwards and this fabulous 4 piece example is from the mid 1930's. Featuring a pointelle knit top, a line shaped skirt, matching belt with deco buckle and accompanying neck scarf in a lovely rich burgundy. 

 A close up image of our inspired flatlay by Maggie Mae's Vintage. Find more images over on our social media pages via Instagram / Facebook & Twitter @maggiemaesvintage @maesvintage

A fabulous 1930's day dress made from a beautiful floral crepe in bold meadow colours. The dress has a faux bolero with scallop edging which is mimicked across the seam of the pockets.   

A lovely 1930's summer overcoat in a soft eau de nil crepe with fabulous sleeve flounces and deco stitch detailing. This would have been worn layered over separates or spring and summer weight dresses.   

Another example of a 1930's knit set this one is a 3pc and consists of a Jumper with shaped collar with pointelle and scalloped detailing, a line skirt and matching belt.   

 Inspired by an Autumnal stroll this look features key 1920's details which would have followed through into the early 1930's styling over the depression period like this 1920s opera coat. Our favourite pieces in this inspired flatlay image is the fabulous matching late 1930's snakeskin cloche hat and gloves set. 

 A stunning 1930's 2 piece set featuring dress and bolero in a lovely colour pallet of powder blues, soft fawns and muted greens.

 An iconic late 1920s piece, an opera coat in a classic slimline silhouette with crossover front, button to the hip and featuring contrast fur trim to the collar and cuffs. 

A close up of accessories in an inspired flatlay by Maggie Mae's Vintage, find more over on our social media pages via Instagram, Facebook and twitter @maggiemaesvintage @maesvintage 

An inspired grouping of Evening Wear, to the left we have a 1930's sheer floral bias cut evening dress, to the middle we have an exquisite 1930's lame evening gown, fit for a Hollywood goddess and to the right we have an impeccable 3pc consisting of dress, bolero and matching cape in a lovely floral chiffon.  

    This iconic 1930's evening look is inspired by an evening at the theatre followed by an underground speakeasy party. Feathers, beads, velvet and lame all adorn this fabulous look. We personally love this richness of the gold 30's marabou feather boa which belonged to a ladies second outfit choice for her evening reception at her wedding 1927. 
    An inspiring 1930's 3 piece set consisting of dress, bolero and matching cape in a gorgeous floral chiffon, cut on the bias and featuring an iconic handkerchief hemline. 
    The epitome of 1930's Hollywood glamour, an exquisite lame gown in vivid orange and gold thread. A bias cut beauty of the past with shoulder detailing, scooped neckline, matching belt, fabulous trailing hemline and a v neckline to the back. A museum worthy piece and the highlight of this years curated collection for the Festival of Vintage. We could imagine Ginger Rogers on screen in this very dress! 
    A floral 1930's cape, in vibrant art deco colours, a pallet of burnt oranges, rich yellows, turquoise and browns. A statement piece even on its own. 
    The 1930's era was a strong decade for changing women's fashions, creating new silhouettes to really emphasize the female form, working with new and exciting fabrics like jersey, cotton lawns and silk velvets which became more readily available, the growth and expansion of ready to wear labels and fashion houses and the art of Hollywood glamour with feature films and fashion shows by the likes of paramount productions. This was a great decade for the ready to wear labels which saw the magazine and fashion catalogue industry sore, with fashion more accessible to buyers. One of our favourite eras and one we have a lot of respect for, without this decade the female form may have never been shown in the same way, a decade of designs which create an endless resourse and inspiration for modern day designing and high street brands. 
    We hope you liked this rendition of a virtual fashion show and we will hopefully be back with a bang at next years Festival of Vintage for another jam packed curated collection. What era would you like to see showcased next ? For more information on any of the pieces featured or about any resources please feel free to send us a message via our social media accounts on Instagram / Facebook or Twitter or send us an email. The pieces featured if available will be heading over to our website for sale from next week. Scroll down for some archive images we used as inspiration to create the looks. 
    Many thanks for reading and we will see you soon, Take care and stay safe.
    Maggie & Megan x 
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      Loved this piece, my era of choice, some beautiful pieces. The flat lays were so inspiring thanks for putting this together. 1940’s next please. xx

      Nicola Hale

      Thoroughly enjoyed the fashion show. Such a beautiful collection and descriptions. Congratulations to you both 💕


      A dream collection ladies. Museum quality. Congratulations on pulling this off virtual fashion show.


      You ladies have surpassed yourselves. The collection is so beautiful and the descriptions take you back to that era. 💕


      Phenomenal – a museum worthy collection – I’m in awe 😍


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