Sunday, August 15, 2010

best bathroom

My favorite fixtures ever - Arthur's mint porcelain sink, tub and toilet on the short-lived live-action Tick TV show (click the link to watch instantly if you have Netflix.)

Just the most perfect vintage shade of mint and pleasantly chunky porcelain lines. These have been in my head as the ideal since the show first aired in 2001. I know I'll never have them but in the house in my head this is what's going on.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

movie inspiration: why change your wife?

This week it's Cecil B. Demille's Why Change your Wife? - 1920, starring Gloria Swanson. It's the old story of the man who goes out to buy something nice for his wife, but picks up a lingerie model instead. Post-divorce, the wife takes refuge in shopping, and reinvents herself as a confident, independent, thoroughly modern woman. Again it's the perfect set-up for amazing costumes.

There are a lot of incredible shoes, though most look like they'd be torture to actually wear. People were still wearing 'straights' at this time - no left or right, both shoes were the same shape. These look like they have some distinction between left and right, but it's minimal.

beaded stockings

ladies pants in 1920 - keep in mind this is a lingerie shop, these are not for wearing in public


the perfect shoes for the beach, no?

here is a shot of the resort

Gloria Swanson just drapes this liquid metal lame' on herself in about 3 seconds and it is the best dress I've seen in a long time

I imagine this military-inspired draped velvet dress is a golden yellow.

and here is what you wear underneath such a dress

the lingerie model

she adds the little heart shaped mole to her shoulder, then applies perfume to only her mouth, fur cuff and the heart sticker.

and the most outstanding piece in the film - a zebra cocoon coat.

I highly recommend this film, and not just for the clothes. The acting is really very good - far better than you might expect from the time period.