LEISURE WEAR

THE SUMMER DRESS

[Jocelyn's 3rd Birthday] (1935)

Title: [Jocelyn’s 3rd Birthday]
Date: (1935)
Film-maker: Joseph Emberton

In this still image from 1935, Mrs. Emberton wears an eau-de-nil summer dress made of a light-weight cotton. Her outfit is casual, but fashionable. Halter-necks became popular, as emphasis shifted onto the back in evening and informal summer dresses. She also wears a large sunhat, which is shaped like a seashell. This is made of stiff material that is slightly transparent and iridescent. The hat’s seashell styling relates to the whimsical, Surrealist–inspired fashions of the 1930s.


Muslin day dress with red polka dots Date: (1930)
Title: Muslin day dress with red polka dots
Date: (1930)
© Worthing Museum & Art Gallery

The young girl chaperoning the two boys wears a polka dot printed dress. Polka dots and florals were popular prints in the 1930s and the girl’s summer day-dress in the clip is similar to this one held at Worthing Museum & Art Gallery.

 


SAILOR CHIC

Title: Rustington Lido
Date: (1937)
Filmmaker: ‘A McCallum production’

The scWhite linen halter-neck dress with blue ships and anchor motifs Date: (1936)ene in the above clip shows a group of young people lounging at the side of an outdoor swimming pool, or lido. One woman wears a sailor-style suit – demonstrating the continuing popularity of nautical themes in fashion. It also shows the influence of American play-clothes on English fashion – as is reinforced by this playsuit (below) from Worthing Museum’s collection. When compared to the more casual styles emanating from America, the clothing in the film retains a British aesthetic through its tailored jacket and shorts.

Title: White linen halter-neck dress
Date: (1936)
© Worthing Museum & Art Gallery

 

 


BOYS IN SAILOR SUITS

Title: [Burne Family Pictures]
Date: (ca. 1930 – 1932)
Film-maker: Dr. Catherine Violet Burne & Dr. Thomas Burne

The young boys in the above clip wear identical sailor suits. The National Maritime Museum holds a selection of children’s sailor suits, including one from 1846 worn by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (Ref: NMM UNI0293/UNI0294).