TBT: The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

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For this Throwback Thursday, I will review the costumes in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) in verse, a la Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in an ode to the film’s costume designer, Adrian.

Oh Adrian, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
I love thee to the width and length and height
Your giant hoopskirts and gowns can reach, never out of sight
For leading ladies like Norma Shearer, full of grace.

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Daddy says you can’t have any more beer until you put on more ruffles.

I love thee despite thy un-corseted bodices
Most darted and princess-seamed, by 1930s patterns right.
I love thee freely, as you add ruffles left and right.
I love thee purely, tho’ your work is in black and greys.
I love thee with all the glitter, glitz, and bows
Liberally applied, and with such precision placed.

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Needs moar bows.

I love thee in historical flicks on Turner Movie Classics
Like this one romanticizing Victorian poets, with
’30s makeup, puppeh, hints of incest, and, more hoopskirts than
Anything set in 1845 would be historically accurate.

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Awkward!

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Sponsored by Maybelline & Puppy Chow.

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Elizabeth Barrett goes to 12 Oaks!

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

This is not symbolic of anything. Nope. Not at all.

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Well la de dah!

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Because all the brooding poets are wearing fur these days.

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

It’s a lot of look.

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Not sure which is more distracting: the leaf pattern running down his pants or her super-shiny satin gown.

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Pleading for more tassels, like her big sis.

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

For Kendra.

 

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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. When she’s not dressing up in costumes, she can be found traveling the world with her sweetie and, occasionally, Kendra and Sarah. Her costuming and travel adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also maintains a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

3 Responses

  1. Sarah

    This was inspired. Love the captions. And I think that the tassel is vastly overlooked design element nowadays.

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