Fashion models & styles from the 1930s
Society fashion show, 1935
The catwalk hasn't changed much in over 75 years. Here, a model walks the runway at a 1935 society fashion show.
White satin wedding gown, 1935 & Gray chiffon night dress, 1933
1930s glam! Diane Beauchamp wears a white satin wedding gown in a fashion show in 1935 (l.), while Gilda Farrell models a gray chiffon night dress in 1933 (r.).
Sandy Goodwin, 1932
Well-known fashion model Sandy Goodwin, who posed for the entrance plaques at Radio City, hams it up for photographers in 1932.
Russian ermine cape, 1935
Though wearing fur today is a bit of a taboo, back in the 1930s it was extremely common. Here, a model wears a white Russian ermine cape with a sable collar in a fur fashion show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
Rubber swimsuit, 1935
Bathing suits were definitely more conservative back in 1935! Here, model Priscilla Lawson stands pretty in a rubber swimsuit.
Red velvet ensemble, 1933
Tres chic! A woman models an over the top red velvet ensemble during a fashion show in 1933.
Navy plaid silk bonnet, 1935
A model wears a navy plaid silk bonnet during a 1935 fashion show ... now if only she'd wear a smile!
Nantucket swimsuit with cape, 1933
This supermodel looks like Superwoman! Ruth Dodd models a Nantucket one-piece with a detachable skirt at a bathing suit show in 1933.
Mardee Hoff, 1935
Model Mardee Hoff, selected for having the most perfect figure in America at the time, poses in short shorts in 1935.
Kid tongue pumps, 1934
1930s shoes are definitely back in style, with tons of ladies rocking similar kicks today. Here, models show off blue kid tongued pumps, brown kid oxfords and multi-colored evening sandals.
Jean Early, 1934
In honor of New York Fashion Week, take a look back in time to check out the styles and models of yesteryear ... Model Jean Early poses on the staircase at a 1934 summer fashion show while completely decked out in an elegant suit with a fur cape and hat.
Hotel Pennsylvania fashion show, 1933
Model Mona Mora (l.) wears a gray woolen coat dress with a removable sailor collar, and Lee Sherman (r.) wears a bright green tweed fall suit with a matching gray krimmer fur high crown fabric hat at a 1933 fashion show at Hotel Pennsylvania.
Looking very severe, a model shows off a distinctly 1930s hairstyle with curls above the eye and her hair pulled tightly back.
Folding bonnet, 1941
We thought models liked to show off their beautiful faces, but apparently in 1941 the folding bonnet was all the rage.
Feather cape, 1932
Feathers are typically Lady Gaga's thing, but model Mrs. George Harris rocked the look first in 1932 with a feather cape over her black velvet evening gown at a society fashion show.
Fashion shows, 1939 & 1938
No skimpy two-pieces here! Models in 1939 show off the swimsuit style of the day (l.), while three models each display different looks in 1938 (r.).
Diane Beauchamp, 1935 & Sequin-trimmed dress, 1933
Ahoy matey! Model Diane Beauchamp wears a sailor-inspired white pique dress at a 1935 fashion show (l.), while a 1933 model goes for a darker look in a sequin-trimmed dress in 1933 (r.).
Crowns for blondes, 1933
Blondes have more fun! Evelyn Fox (l.) and Bertha Peterson (r.) model crowns in their fair hair in 1933.
Crepe cocktail gown, 1937
That's some interesting headwear! Two models wear hats with embroidered veils at a 1937 fashion show.
Congo dress, 1938
Apparently plunging necklines were always a staple in fashion! This model showcases an elegant evening dress with a Victoria Nyanza cape in 1938.
Brown pumps, 1933
Today's fashion shows are saved for clothing, but back in 1933 models showcased footwear at the Shoe Fashion Show at Hotel Astor in New York.
Brassiere Fashion Show, 1933
There was no Victoria's Secret yet, but that didn't stop models from showing up half-naked at a Brassiere Fashion Show in 1933.
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