Showing posts with label 1940s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1940s. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

1940s Hair and Makeup Look

It's Tuesday again! Hello and thank you so much to those of you who are new followers within these past couple of weeks! Thanks to those of you who have left some lovely comments as well! 

This past week I've spent most, if not all of my crafting time knitting a shawl for my friend's birthday which is now going to be a late birthday present. While I knit or crochet I usually like to watch tv. I had gone right through seasons 1 and 2 of the Dick Van Dyke Show just after Christmas. After that I downloaded the Spotify App which I listened to endlessly for weeks finding new (to me) songs; Traditional folk songs, 1930s through 50s popular music, and beautifully arranged hymns. However, this week I decided to scan through the movie collection at the library and find some new (to me) movies. --Are you noticing a trend?-- 

I checked out some Doris Day and Deborah Kerr movies. I love makeup from the 1940s and 50s and I used to dress up every so often in my spare time. I hadn't dressed up for a few years now and the movies sort of out me in the mood to for it so I decided dressing up would be something fun to do after work and post about today! I was also inspired to do so from Katrina's recent post on her Edelweiss Patterns Blog. If you haven't heard of it yet, I highly recommend that you go take a look!

I used this YouTube tutorial as a rough guideline for my look: Historically Accurate: 1940s Makeup Tutorial
And here are the results!




The vintage dress I'm wearing is for sale in my Etsy shop! (There's a link just under the blog title.)

The make up I'm wearing is:
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Cream:Light 4-5
Maybelline Coverstick Concealer: Fair
Elf Eyeshadow Primer: Sheer
Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadow: Not Just Nudes
Almay Eyeliner: Black Brown
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara: Brownish Black
New York Color Powder Blush: Central Park Pink
Love My Lips: Creme Cherry

I'm thinking about posting a third time during the week with some sort of fun fashion thing. I figured I'd do sort of a test post today before I decide since I posted about yarn last Friday anyway. I'd love to know what you all think about that idea. Don't forget to check back this Friday for the next Favorite Things post!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Carrie Underwood Sound of Music Review Part 3

  Just so readers are aware, I have not seen the original, complete, stage version of the Sound of Music. I have read 5 books by Maria von Trapp, Agathe von Trapp's book, and Die Trapp Familie, the German movie that the Broadway show was based on. Also, This review is going to have to be in multiple parts. I am not as concise as a professional critic, and I think I have a lot more knowledge on this subject than the average critic would have, so bear with me here. I want to share some things about Maria's books and "how it really happened" along with some insight into the German movie, what I do know of the original  Broadway show, the 1965 film, and tonight's televised production.

That was my intro to these reviews nearly 4 months ago. I've forgotten some of what I thought or felt about the relatively recent Sound of Music Production on NBC last December which starred Carrie Underwood. However, I did take notes which I lost after part 2 of 4 and finally found exactly 1 week ago. 

This new Favorite Things Friday series will first consist of the last three Sound of Music Reviews and after that will feature a few of my favorite things. There could be blogs, Etsy Shops, or things about classic movies, music, etc. You'll just have to wait and see! 

Let's get started on this review.
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Costumes and Inevitable Comparisons

Something that really stood out to my musical loving mind while watching NBC's Sound of Music Live was the fact that Uncle Max looked incredibly like Rooster from Annie. That was all I could think of every. single. time. he. was. on. screen. I think if he had shaved the pencil mustache it would have improved his character portrayal 200%. The facial hair worked for Richard Haydn in the 1965 film but he also spoke with a British accent. Basically, American+pencil mustache = Rooster Hannigan. I shouldn't fret about it after all the sun will come out tomorrow.

(I will not speak about the head pieces of the singers behind Uncle Max)


The children's play clothes made me roll my eyes. Floral sprays for girls AND the boys. Let's not forget there were only two von Trapp girls and FIVE boys! Kurt looks very much like he's about to cry or throw up. While the gold/tan damask in the movie is not exactly masculine, it is a neutral color and it is not flowers!


 Gold costumes were used in the NBC television production in the scene where Maria teaches Kurt the Laendler. In fact both Maria, Kurt, and the set were the same exact gold, peach, and orange hues in that scene. It was hard to tell where the people ended and the walls began. Perhaps it was to hide the fact Carrie isn't so light on her feet? She did catch her heel on her shirt and fall during one of her concerts...

Another huge thing is the era. The costumes in NBC'S Sound of Music Live were very much mid to late 1940s style. Even the hair styles were from the 1940s, especially Liesl's. The actual real life von Trapps lived out these events beginning in the mid 1920s. Georg and Maria were married on November 26, 1927 and they left Austria in 1938. That said, the condensed era also makes the movie costumes slightly off style as well. I heard years ago, I think in a Christopher Plummer interview he mentioned that Dorothy Jeakins, the costume designer in the 1965 film said of the costumes she made, "If they weren't supposed to zip, they didn't zip." Watch the film again sometime and you'll notice there are no zippers on any of the dresses!

Jeakins' design of the wedding dress in the film was actually fairly similar to Maria von Trapp's own wedding dress. You can see some pictures of the two dresses over on the  Edelwiess Patterns Blog
Carrie Underwood's wedding dress in this television production followed suit, pun intended, with the other costumes and just looked way too modern.

I know someone must've worked hard on the costumes for NBC's Sound of Music Live but it just didn't appear a whole lot of thought was put into it pertaining to the era. It looked as if the few costumes that didn't copy style or color of film costumes were sewn together from some vintage 1940s patterns. Beautiful costumes, but they didn't quite fit even for "The last golden days of the thirties." Assuming the setting of play and film both take place at the same time. Costumes get just 1 out of 5 stars.