Joan Crawford’s dress in Grand Hotel (1932)

My favourite movie costume, possibly of all time, is actually fairly understated. But it’s the one that, if I had the skills and ability to sew and make my own clothes, I would be trying to recreate it in an instant. In fact when I went on holiday to Thailand I did even consider going…

Greta Garbo as Mata Hari (1931)

Embellishment, baroque detail and luxe fabrics have been on the catwalks and in the high street this autumn/winter, (Dolce and Gabanna, pictured) and Zac Posen autumn/winter 2012) but the film I thought of when I saw this look was Mata Hari from 1931. As the infamous spy and great seducer of the First World War,…

About this blog

Hello, welcome to my blog which shares my passion for film, costumes and fashion, and is a companion site to my book Classic Hollywood Style, by Caroline Young, published by Frances Lincoln. You can find it on Amazon or on the UK Amazon site. In this blog I’ll reveal the stories behind some of the…