Monday, June 28, 2010

Renee Perle Revisited

Last winter I blogged about the fact that I think Romanian model and Jacques Henri Lartigue muse, Renee Perle, was a stunning 20s/30s fashion and beauty icon. Right now, I could easily just live in her Riviera "uniform" of tank tops (often striped), floppy hats, and breezy wide legged trousers/pyjamas.  I, however, WOULD opt for a brassiere of some sort ;)
















19 comments:

nudeedudee said...

Ay she is H-O-T!!! Damn what mean style!!

I started making myself a pair of crazy wide 30s pants like these in white linen a coupla years ago, had to line them too--and found that I couldn't take a step without getting my toe caught. Not so cute! Maybe a stiffer twill would be better. But this is inspiring me to finish them! Fab!

Q's Daydream said...

These are wonderful! I love how she's bra-less :o)

The Darling Homemaker said...

What Beauty!!! LOVE ALL THE PICS

Kir said...

Goodness! Those are some wide legged pants! She's lovely. :)

The Dreamstress said...

Those are some impressively wide pants, and some impressively droopy...uhhh....OK, stopping while I am ahead!

Darlene said...

The pouty lips, the farawaty gazes... the beach wear style. To the moon, baroness...

You know who else transcends? Anna Mae Wong. She and Dietrich.

Miss Tami Lee said...

Ha! I like to think of a braless day as a good day ;) she is very stunning, I agree!

Emily said...

Makes me want a big floppy hat!

ina said...

I would too opt for that if it was me, but I think she's gorgeous and stylish like that! Very cool!

garofit said...

thanks for posting these, they are great!

garofit said...

Seeing her flat shoes it made me think I have a lot of pics of pretty 20s/30s heels, but not much in the way of flat sports/casual shoes to get inspiration from and source, if not vintage ones, at least sympathetic modern.
I know you have quite a few catalogs, how would you feel about an article on the subject? You've already created the precedent with those gladiators a little while ago. ;)

Miss Rayne said...

Yes I had the same problem as nudeedudee when making some wide leg pyjama pants, I think the trick is to make them about half an inch shorter than normal and only wear flats with them.
Miss Perle's look like canvas.

Yesterday Girl said...

She looks amazing...i've never seen a wider pair of trousers! I agree about the brassiere, she definately needs 'perking up' a bit.x

BaronessVonVintage said...

Ooh, I hadn't thought about the logistics of how to actually walk in these deliciously billowy trousers!

No question, Renee Perle was exquisite. That little bow mouth! Those eyes! That hair!

I do agree Anna May Wong was just divine, too, Darlene!

Trixie said...

Cute cute cute outfits! And she is a beauty!

I have fallen down stairs in pants like that twice! But they're well worth it for how adorable they are! :D

Nancy said...

Well, in her defense. Brassieres of the time were pretty much what we would consider camisoles today. They didn't really have any lifting power.

Stefanie Valentine said...

What a gorgeous lady! I really want her hat, it would be perfect for the hot weather we're having right now.

BaronessVonVintage said...

Definitely bralessness was the norm on the Riviera. I've got one of those early thirties "bras" that you are mentioning, Nancy (in fact, I wear it to bed at night). It still at least stops my bust from drooping as low as Ms. Perle's does in that second image. No underwire uplift for sure, but at least it holds the "girls" sort of 'in" and at a height that doesn't feel uncomfortable (my dense C cup size bust has weight, y'all--without SOME form of support it HURTS to feel the tissue being pulled by gravity. WAAAAY too much info but there ya go). But of course, "a chacun son gout!"

BaronessVonVintage said...

Trixie, I am SURE I would be a hilarious sight to behold trying to walk with any level of grace and poise in such beauties as well