Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tell Me About It, STUD!

Lately, I've noticed a few 1930s dresses and gowns decorated with metal studding.  In fact, one of the dresses I blogged about before makes quite amazing use of this detail on its elaborate sleeves.  Anyway, I think they present an interesting alternative to the lighter, floaty chiffon numbers often associated more with the early 30s garden party.  Does anyone know when in the 30s this styling first started exactly?  Was there a particular designer who sparked this early version of "Bedazzling" on 30s gowns?  What do YOU think of this detailing?  The below examples are at auction on eBay as we speak via Mill Street Vintage.




8 comments:

Emily said...

I love the metal details on these dresses. I like the juxtaposition between the soft drapes of the material and the somewhat harsh nature of the metal accents. Since I am doing my Masters work on Hollywood fashion in the 30s-50s, I will keep an eye out for any material relating to this topic. If I come across anything, I'll be sure to send it your way! However, I have a feeling that this type of detailing might have been inspired by a Hollywood designer since so much of 30s fashion was influenced by Hollywood.

Miss Rayne said...

The metal studs became fashionable in about 1938, I have seen them mostly on fairly heavy crepe materials. The war put a stop to the fashion due to shortages of materials, but like many other trends they made a brief appearance again c1945-6 when restrictions were lifted, you could also buy them for home sewing, i have a set in the shape of cornucopia with fruits if anyone is interested.

Wearing History said...

I am in love with the second one! :o
That is just brilliant, and the fabric is divine.
Miss Rayne, I find it really interesting that the studs were fashionable 1938 and earlier. Now that you mention it, I don't think I've seen an early studded dress... but this one has the cut of an early-mid 30s dress, so I'm wondering if the studs were a later addition or if it was made later for an older woman. Really interesting!

Wearing History said...

Out of curiosity, I looked up studded dresses on the Newspaper Archive, which led me to a mention of a velvet belt studded with "nailheads" by Chanel. I used the term nailhead dress and turned up lots of articles mentioning them, most, like Miss Rayne said, are from 1938, but it seems they were very much in Vogue from 1932-1933 as well, mostly in the form of eveningwear and afternoon wear, and mostly on crepe of different colors. Since the second dress has an earlier style and has side snaps, I bet that's when it's from, which makes me want it even more!
Fascinating! Thanks so much for this post!

BaronessVonVintage said...

FASCINATING! Judging from the plaid collars and fabric of my dress, I was thinking it was an earlier 30s afternoon dress as well. One way or another, THANK YOU Miss Rayne and Wearing History for this info!! Would love to hear from others and/or see other examples if people find 'em

alexandra grecco said...

love your header! xoxo A

Miss Rayne said...

Wearing History: Somewhere I have a magazine article that mentions dresses with these studs, its likely to be a sewing or patterns article, I'll try to find it (but don't hold your breath).
Once upon a time I had a crepe jacket/top with scalloped edges that was covered in them, it was so heavy, it was made towards the end of the war and had the British Couture utility mark in it, but I was made an ofer I couldn't refuse and sold it. (dang)

Porcelina said...

I had no idea studs were used as early as the 1930s! There has been an awful lot of studded clothing and accessories on the British high-street for the last year or so, see an example here: http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33053&storeId=12552&productId=1796628&langId=-1&categoryId=&parent_category_rn=

Just shows everything comes around again!
Miss P xx