Every year in May, The LA Art Deco Society hosts the Avalon Ball on Santa Catalina and lovers of all things vintage take over the Island. At the same time there is a silent film festival in the casino’s 1929 theater. This years movie was The 1925 Phantom of the Opera and featured a full orchestra in the pit, as well as on stage kettle drums, organ player and opera singer. Using the original sheet music from the movie’s premier showing this was as close as you can get to the way it was in 1925. Simply amazing! here are some photos of the weekend, enjoy!
No doubt about it, the vintage inspired crowd has always had a love for the great American Cowboy. Singing cowboys, like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry were favorites both on the Big screen as well as the radio. Tom Mix, the western star from the 1920s and 1930s was so intertwined with western lore that he was even a Pallbearer at Wyatt Earp’s funeral.
The Western Swing greats like Bob Wills and His Texas Cowboys, Spade Cooley and His Orchestra, The Tune Wranglers and so many more also did much to popularize western wear. This style of music was the roots of what was to follow. Rockabilly and Rock & Roll are the children of this fusion between jazz and western music.
Tom Mix’s clothing was made by Miller , which is where Papa Jack Weil started. Jack Weil later started his own company Rockmount Ranchwear and in 1946 invented the now iconic western pearl snap buttons.
Although uber stylish, there was always function involved with western wear. The slim fit was designed to avoid snagging clothing on brush and the snap buttons allowed for easy break away to prevent being hung up as well. Even the cowboy boot had a functionality in its design. Should your foot get caught in a stirrup after being thrown by your horse, one only needed to point the toe to slip out of your boot and escape the rather unpleasant predicament.
Today, you can still get old school style and quality as Rockmount Ranchwear is not only still in business and thriving, they are still producing some of the exact same shirts they did in the 1940’s and 1950’s with the same kind of attention to detail and quality. Rockmount Ranchwear
Are you ready to don your Easter bonnet? A hat choice is a very personal thing. Hats were designed to frame the face rather then overwhelm it so choosing the right millinery style for your face structure is just as important as matching it to the rest of your outfit. In the 1920s through the early 1930s the Cloche hat was all the rage. This fitted hat was shaped like a bell hence the name “cloche” (French for bell). By the late 1930s and through the 1940s hats became increasingly creative and often not resembling a hat at all. The rule of thumb in the 40s was the younger you were the less your hat looked like a hat. The 1950s was the pinnacle of the millinery fashion love affair. Here are some early styles examples and some detailed descriptions from the 1953 Millinery Trade magazine HATS.
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