12 Aug 2013

1930's fashion in Agatha Christie's Poirot - part 3

Before starting with a few 1940's posts let's continue the 'Poirot series' with 1930's fashion! The following screenshots are from the Season 6 episode: 'Murder on the Links'. The story is situated in exactly 1933, as a shot of an advertisement tells us at the beginning of the story.
Remember, this is still the period of the 'Great depression' and the Art Deco. Fashion design moved toward simpler lines to reflect the simpler lives of the public. Hats and often gloves complimented almost every outfit. The fabrics were colorful, with flower, dot and striped prints.

Mother and daughter in pastel colored summer dresses. The mother's shirtwaist dress has an asymmetrical closure and a fold-over design. The girl's yellow chiffon dress is romantic, with wide, gathered sleeves and rows of ruffles along the shoulders and the (very 1930's) high waistline:

The maid's dress even matches the wallpaper:

We can see the contrast, while the rich character's dresses aare well tailored the maid's uniform seem to be too big for her:

The first appearance of Bella, Capitain Hastings' love interest and future wife!
(This is the only episode we see her, later on when they get married she is abroad and he only talks about her.) The evening he see her for the first time perform, she wears a blue satin gown with sequin-like beading and a matching bolero:

Mother and daughter in pretty prints!

The mother's blouse features pretty ruching details at the front. The print is interesting, looks almost like a novelty print with airballoons.

Later on there is another one-shot-appearance of the dress above where we discover the interesting art-deco motif finish of the skirt!

This dress appears just in one shot, but the pretty details of the buttoned collar are visible. It's a pity we don't get the whole dress to see:

30's bathing suits:

A nice shot whit a huge art deco window:

Another summer frock in white and pastel green with buttons at the shoulders and a sash. The hat has pintuck details:

Anther white and green frock with long sleeves, worn with a hat and gloves. The shape of the dresses was tubular or column-like, rather than curved. There is ruching along the shoulders and a lace application:

In a close-up shot we get to see some details of the white lace gloves:

A young lady's hat with a contrasting color ribbon instead of a matching one. Her suits have simple lines as well:

A simple beige suit:

Pearl necklaces seem to be the accessory of the 30's. The mother and daughter wear a more modest single strain necklace, the wealthier lady a 3-strain necklace:

The two ladies one in dark, the other in plight pastel colored outfints:

Little details like a matching brooch and silk flowers on the hat:

The daughter wears an elegant hat with feathers (a complete wing actually!) and a suit with a very interesting neckline-solution: a scarf in a contrasting color that seems to be an underlayer of the lapels with two ties are pulled through the holes. The mother's suit has no lapels, the collar is marked with buttons:

The poor and the rich. The clothes and the hat of the maid are simple and modest.  She wears no make-up or accessories. The rich lady's outfit is complemented by a matching hat, gloves and a necklace:

A light blue (velvet?) suit with a matching light blue organdy blouse:

In the close-up we see the button details on the lapels and the jabot of the blouse:

A diner scene with elegant gowns. Even middle class women owned evening gowns:

The seamingly simple black dress is made out of a fabric with a nice texture and worn with a necklace of black beads:

Glass beaded jewellery maches the pale blue gown:

This lady wears mainly dark clothes throughout this episode. The gown she wears at home has a huge rounded collar and the dark cardigan has scalloped edges:

She is portrayed in two light coloured outfits in better times:

In the final scene Hastings girlfriend wears a wrap-blouse with flutter sleeves and matching pale green, wide-legged trousers (probably an overall rather than separate pieces)


The end... I love this shoot bacause of it's symmetry with horizontal and vertical lines!

For other pictures from the Poirot series click on the banner on the right!
More of 1930's fashion in the 'Miss Lemon wardrobe files' here!

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