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America 1930-1939: Fashion Research Article from American Decades

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In the 1930s studio costume departments were crowded with workers day and night, as costumers rushed to complete clothes for a movie in production. Grueling shooting schedules often required costumers to stay all night working. In big feature films copies of dresses were necessary. In the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind the dress Vivien Leigh wore as Atlanta burned was in fact twenty-seven versions of the dress in various stages of deterioration. While the hours were long and the pay low, costume workers in the 1930s were glad for the work. Hollywood studios cranked out feature films at a fierce pace, and each one required the labor of many hands to give it the fashion sensibility it needed.

Sources:

Caroline Rennolds Milbank, New York Fashion: The Evolution of American Style (New York: Abrams, 1989);

Elizabeth Nielsen, "Handmaidens of the Glamour Culture: Costumers in...

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