Possessed (1931)

If you can get hold of a copy of Possessed, the 1931 movie starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, it’s a really interesting slice of movie history. Firstly, it cemented Joan Crawford as one of the top stars in Hollywood. She would go on to star in similar rags-to-riches stories about Depression-era dancers or shop…

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,…