From 3 April 2014 to 19 April 2015, the Brussels Fashion & Lace Museum welcomed visitors to its temporary exhibition Glamour, 30s fashion expo.
Little known fashion of the 1930s
Fashion of the 1930s is often overlooked. Squeezed between the 1929 stock market crash and the start of World War II, it has been perceived as simple and straightforward. It waved goodbye frivolous outfits and boyish hairstyles. Women returned to a more discreet form of fashion, in keeping with the crisis of the times. It harks back to a particular type of classicism. The work of Coco Chanel and Madeleine Vionnet characterised this era.
More conservative and conventional outfits
The silhouette is now slender. The feminine forms are enhanced by sophisticated cuts. The fabrics are draped at an angle and adjust to the body, providing more flexibility to the garment. Refined underwear sculpted the silhouette.