Fashionable Dress, January 1924

It really is too cold out to feature anything but a cute girl looking fabulous despite the cold weather.  And nobody did cute girls better than Earl Christy.

I can’t believe I’ve never mentioned Christy here before, because I’m pretty sure I’ve shown some of the illustrations he did of sporty college girls in the 1910s and early 1920s.   You can find his work on postcards, as magazine illustrations and on the covers of novels for girls and young women.  His work remained popular through the 1930s, and the great majority of it was of pretty women.  Interestingly, he never married, and lived his entire adult life with a sister or two.

Illustrator: Earl Christy

Copyright:  Not known.  The Fashionable Dress Publishing Company (1915-1930)  was absorbed by Fashionist in 1931.

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11 responses to “Fashionable Dress, January 1924

  1. Christy’s Milady is so very wholesome … thanks for sharing.

    I noticed her scarf is not wrapped in the newer “doubled over, then through the loop” fashion of today’s longer scarfs… as seen and worn by so many ladies of today.
    By the way, has this “newer” style of todays “wrapped” scarfs been in vogue in earlier years?….or is it actually a NEW style variation? I just wondered??

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  2. mdmurgia

    I love fashion illustrators! They bring such a rich dimension to the world of fashion. I wish that there were more illustrations now . . . There is just something about an ad or editorial that was drawn or painted by hand that makes my knees go weak. I think I’ve seen a painting or two by Christy when I worked at the gallery.

    Great post. :) Thanks for sharing this image today.

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    • Fashion Witness

      I think it’s great, too. My 1925 copies of The Delineator magazine show more than one Butterick pattern for a “Tam-o’-Shanter” hat like this — They must have been easier to make than the 4 or 6 gored cloche hat patterns that were also available. Butterick’s Tam patterns were sized for children, teens and adult women. I also love this Tam because, like so many early 20s fashions, it is orange! Colors do go in and out of fashion; surprisingly, in 1925, the orange and black combination was not just for Halloween. And this illustration makes orange look good on a fair-skinned, rosy-cheeked girl! Wow. Thanks, Lizzie!

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  3. Christina

    I’ve see a few fashion illustrations from the early 1930′s depicting women with the folded scarf ends through the loop. There is a fairly well known Jean Pages illustration from 1930 december Vogue;
    http://forums.vintagefashionguild.org/attachments/from-the-archives-winter-in-vogue-jpeg.10692/
    (thanks VFG) – showing three skiers wearing scarves and one looks like it is looped. For men, I don’t see the scarf tied in this way until much later maybe even as late as post-1950′s. I think the unisex fashion “movement” may have brought this about. Good question.

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  4. I have an orange beret in an almost exact orange. I love the color combination of the orange & teal with the cream! Such a pretty illustration!

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  5. Lizzie, I love this illustration. I wonder if he did any for Modern Priscilla. I have become obsessed with the MP winter covers and have begun a collection of the February issues. One is on my coffee table right now along with a heart shaped box of chocolates. BTW, have you read “Empress of Fashion” yet. Its the new bio of Diana V. It’s excellent.

    Emily at alovelyinconsequence.blogspot

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    • I’ve been meaning to download Empress of Fashion onto my Kindle and I keep forgetting about it!

      I did a quick google images search for Earl Christy and Modern Priscilla, and it appears that he did do a few covers for them!

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