My passion for bygone era fashion ... a tad obsessed?July 17, 2013
My daytime schedule is filled for 70% doing surveys on the fashion of the 1930s and 1940s, when I am not busy with módelling 1930s and 1940s fashion! I am sure it does not come as a surprise that it are those two era's my heart is reaching out to. I've mentioned them too much on my blogspot as my favorites and my favorites only. It's my passion and, during heavy episodes of depression when I am not the sunny, enthousiastic person I can be, fashion is swallowing me thoroughly and it makes me almost forget my suffering. It's an escapism I think. I have talked with my therapist many times about this subject, if this lifestyle of mine, being a nostalgic, is applied to forget that I live in 2013 with all of it's horrors (in my opinion: every era has it's advantages and disadvantages and I never lost that point out of sight though!) or, he asked, if I really like dressing up in old fashioned clothing. And I always answer with the latter, though I am aware that ofcourse it will always be a bit of an escapism from the cruel place the world has become these modern days. This fashion does not only fit my lifestyle but it is just darn beautiful and while wearing those pieces of history; it's just as if I came home after a long journey, everytime again. When my therapist saw me for the very first time, a couple of years ago, he said that it was as if I was plucked from a silver screen Hollywood film and this compliment (to me it really is!) is said to me by many, often, and it's the biggest compliment I can ever get. Then, on those moments ... there is that girly childlike dream of me popping up again to become a 1930s Hollywood starlet. Not that it will ever happen ofcourse, but I keep on dreaming and throughout photoshoots and my small roles in movie fragments, I try to come as close as I can get. People in my hometown have already baptized me 'that black and white movie queen'! You will see me beaming with pride if someone says that to me, but also you'll see me, being very modest, as I can hardly believe that they speak the truth.
But ... back to the topic! It cheers me up to find new and, to me, unknown information about a garment here or there. If you are a Pinterest follower of me, you'll often come across tons of pictures containing bygone era fashion on Pinterest's home page, that I pin onto the section 'My Style', wishing - with my fingers crossed - that some of these lovely frocks, shoes, coats or evening dresses will end up in my already-way-to-full-wardrobe.
I want to know éverything about the fashions of those two era's, so I'll always get my paws on every book containing information about it - preferably books that have been written in those era's itself and I devour the information as if it's a bowl (or two) filled Ben and Jerry's cookie dough ice . Most of the information is nothing new to me, so it always makes me jump for joy if I found new information on particulate garbs or whatsoever. My latest fashion resource book addition, which is completely dedicated to fashion of the forties, is simply dee-vine. It's the book I posted about in my previous Instagram blogpost; the definitive sourcebook of the 1940s fashion - it's a very heavy and thick book. The thicker, the better! I knew this book had to be good as I already own the 1930s equivalent for quite a while and I have been leafing through those pages for months, looking at every detail of the garbs shown. I get so much satisfaction from these books and I am pondering if I should buy the 1920s version aswell, even though the 1920s do not appeal to me as much as the 1930s and 1940s. Perhaps so because the fashion of the 20s makes me look like a potatoe sack!