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America 1930-1939: Fashion Research Article from American Decades

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As Hollywood took greater notice of its fashion influence, studios responded by expanding their costuming departments. The construction of glamorous dresses seen on the screen was backbreaking work requiring long hours from the dozens of mostly immigrant women who cut, stitched, and beaded dresses. Designers such as Adrian sent sketches to the costuming department, where the cutters and fitters made the pattern. A trial garment was quickly made up in cotton for approval by the designer and the star. Then the fitter would model the cotton pattern on the star, take the garment apart, and cut the finished costume from the proper fabric. The beaders had the hardest job of all. M-G-M employed at least twenty expert Mexican American women beaders. Long gowns took up to three months to bead. Beaders worked twelve hours a day six days a week stooped over their fabrics...

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