Talks

SILK, FEATHERS, FUR: SOFT ARMOUR IN DEPRESSION-ERA WOMAN’S PICTURES

with Megan McGurk

Kevin Street Library

08/10/2019 at 6:30pm

Designers such as Adrian in MGM, Travis Banton in Paramount, and Orry-Kelly in Warner Brothers created an aesthetic for women on screen that made them bulletproof to the dangers they encountered living in a man’s world. Women such as Garbo, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, Miriam Hopkins, and Kay Francis deployed fashion as a shield of protection throughout the turbulent 1930s. The top studio designers established a rule of glamour that had less to do with sexual allure and everything to do with women’s agency.

Booking not required.