Not only is Art Deco style a theme at this year's TCM Classic Film Festival, but it is a huge trend right now in fashion for Spring 2012. I will share many examples throughout the month, but knew that these Ralph Lauren designs from the pages of Vogue would need to be first. After all, I just covered the style of 1935's Top Hat extensively on GlamAmor and anyone can see that these new dresses--made of bias-cut satin and topped with ostrich feathers--are pure Ginger Rogers. And Ginger wasn't the only muse for Spring...
Ralph Lauren also included this white satin suit in his Spring 2012 collection, which draws inspiration from another 1930s icon--Marlene Dietrich. Always known for being brave in fashion and wearing menswear before anyone ever approved of it, Marlene wore a black tuxedo in 1930's Morocco and a white tuxedo in 1932's Blonde Venus. Offscreen, she famously sported a cream-colored suit (below) whose style designers and celebrity stylists still continue to copy. Marlene paired hers first with a blue tie and beret, and then a bow tie and fedora; Ralph Lauren refrained from using a tie and chose a cloche to style his suit instead.
Regardless, it is easy to see that these are two additional examples of how Old Hollywood continues to influence design and what we wear in fashion today. Never underestimate the relevance of classic cinema.
Marlene Dietrich in tux and tails with Cary Grant in 1932's Blonde Venus