Glamorous Returns to the Arts

Glamorous Returns for Dress and the Arts. Even with the Great Depression, the 1930’s was the era of escapism and glamour in the arts.  Hollywood starlets adorning billboards. It was also the golden age of  of radio entertainment. I worked with David Rubinoff and His violin. He was featured on the Eddie Cantor radio program in the 1930’s. His music and style were glamour personified.

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Right to Left, Rubinoff and myself after a concert at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in the Catskills. His fan club lasted his entire  American career from 1911. At that time he  lived with Victor Herbert who sponsored him and his family in the U.S. “Ruby” was close friends with Berlin.

Glamorous returns with the beauty with ladies clothing styles. Simple classic, flowing lines. Nothing elaborate. You could almost say simplicity makes the style: Just as the lyrics of Irving Berlin declare in “Play a Simple Melody”.

Won’t you play some simple melody
Like my mother sang to me
One with a good old-fashioned harmony
Play some simple melody

 Yes, beautiful is back. Romanticism is back. J.S. Bach and counterpoint are back.- Both were popular in the Romantic era of Music.- Melody is back. Three cheers! How about the Berlin lyrics of A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody?

A pretty girl is like a melody
That haunts you night and day

Just like the strain of a haunting refrain
She’ll start upon a marathon
And run around your brain

 

Glamorous Returns At Last!

Why do we need glamour now? First, it is not an overly expensive style. Unless, of course, you buy designer. The patterns use simple lines. For a competent sewer, that means less time spent on complicated lines and seams.  When times are tough, as they are now, the last thing we need is the grundge look. Go to any major metropolis. With so many homeless, it is common to spot so many that have the look of hardship. It was even more commonplace in the early 1930’s. The depression originated in the United States, after a major fall in stock prices that began around September 4, 1929, and became worldwide news with the stock market crash of October 29, 1929 (known as Black Tuesday). Between 1929 and 1932, worldwide GDP fell by an estimated 15%. We need happy. We need melody. We need pretty girls.  We need glamour once more.  No more doldrums.

 

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