A while back, I got into an interesting discussion with some acquaintances. Essentially, when it came about that I am really into the 1930s, I was asked what looks or outfits really define the style of this era. I've already blogged a LOT about how, for me, the crocheted/knitted dresses, suits, and accessories seem to have been quite a defining look, especially amongst the middle classes. As well, it seems, Joan Crawford's Adrian gown in 1932's Letty Lynton had a huge impact on early to mid 1930s fashion. (Actually, there are several other outfits in the film that were very influential on fashion at this time, but I'll save some of those for other posts). People usually associate deco eveningwear with long sleek lines, but, love it or hate it, one cannot underestimate the impact of the ruffled organdy number shown below. I read somewhere that after the movie's release, Macy's had 500,000 copies of the Letty Lynton gown made--assumably, all of them sold. Apparently, designer Edith Head Designer Edith Head called this dress, "the single most important influence on fashion in film history." I've been going through a number of 1930s magazines and this style definitely shows up A LOT in the illustrations, thereby supporting Ms. Head's point. Maybe I'll do a whole post showing some of these Letty Lynton inspired gowns shortly. In the mean-time, I'd love to hear from you regarding the original Letty Lynton gown: love it? loathe it? Considering I just acquired one of the above mentioned L.L. inspired gowns, you can guess my own biased opinion, but don't let ME sway you! Tell me what you think!!