Dance the Ragtime along the Boardwalk

Isn’t that amazing that Boardwalk Empire started just a little while after Ragtime ?

I just read an interview of John Dunn, responsible of the costumes on the show.
Here a a few extracts of the interview, Ragtime related :

Are you dreaming about 1920s fashion?

I thought I would really be tired of it after a season, but I can’t wait to go back. It was such an interesting period because for women’s fashion in particular, it’s the first time we’re seeing what we know as the modern silhouette. Chanel had begun designing. The corset had not disappeared but it was being minimized. It was basically being used as a slimmer. Women had just recently started wearing bras and [panties] as underwear. Prior to that, it was bloomers and little chemises with the corset.

So you’re making bras, too?

Oh, yeah. We make everything — we do! The bras at that point had almost no shaping to them whatsoever. They really were pretty, much like a cotton bandeau, which was new and freeing but on the other hand, it wasn’t necessarily the most flattering shape for all figures.

Not enough lift?

Exactly. They let go of everything and they said, “We’re free!” And they went, “Oops!”

It’s lucky you have nubile young actresses in the cast.

It’s true! When the women went out, they were still wearing corsets, but when they went to, say, a jazz club or somewhere they were going to dance, everyone would retire to the ladies room and they would take their corsets off, go out and dance — shimmy, shake — and then at the end of the night, everybody would collect their corsets.

It’s like picking up the wrong umbrella — who has my corset? I love it.

This was a shocking thing to learn, too: In Atlantic City, they used to rent bathing suits. Ewww. A wool bathing suit? Thank you — no.

Hey … Also, hello ! Colours ! We’re matching !

And look at that ! A photoshoot on the beach, too ! Hello, little shorts !

Being in France I still haven’t seen this serie, and I’m not even convinced I’ll like it …
But I sure like the costumes !



4 responses

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  2. Great photos! Can you imagine picking through a pile of corsets at the end of the evening? Or renting a bathing suit? Eep.

    The costumes and sets on this show are really, really terrific. I do feel like the female characters don’t get as much screen time as the male characters, so we see more men’s fashion — which is also very good, but not as fun as the ladies’!

    It’s a very well-made show, but it *is* about organized crime during Prohibition, and personally I find it too violent. But I have perhaps an unusually low threshold when it comes to violence in films and tv — my boyfriend makes fun of me for it!

    November 2, 2010 at 4:08 am

  3. check out at this dress and coat:

    November 2, 2010 at 5:01 am

  4. drucillapettibone

    lisa – her outfits are outstanding! i don’t much like all the show’s violence myself.. too depressing. but i do loves me the style!

    November 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm

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