Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Fintage picnic, part II

Like back in July of last year, the most stylish people in all of Finland, also known as the members of Fintage, got together for a picnic in Tampere's Näsinpuisto earlier this month. This time a total of 12 vintage enthusiasts showed up to catch up with friends both old and new, chat about all things vintage, browse through old magazines and books and, of course, eat, eat and eat some more. I certainly can't think of many things better in life than the combination of good food and good company.

I wore this blue 1940s party dress that I got from Ebay in early 2010 - but never got around to wearing until now. It has a beautiful rose print, rhinestone buttons and peekaboo details on the bodice that I don't see in dresses of that era too often. I really adore the dress, it is so comfortable and yet so pretty.

Dress - 1940s vintage dress (via jumblelaya on Ebay)
Hat - 1930s vintage (via Hoochie Mama Jane at Tampere Vintage)
Handbag - 1950s vintage (thrifted)
Shoes - 1950s vintage (via Fiona Timantti)

A handful of the photos via Fintage

Monday, June 13, 2011

All Harlow, all the time

Just popping by for a quick hello! A little birdie (or two!) reminded me that I haven't blogged in over a month... Oops. I'm still around, just been busy with my studies and traveling back and forth between London and Tampere. I'll be back soon with proper posts - and that's a promise.

Earlier this month I started work on my research thesis, which will be a star study of Jean Harlow. If you're a regular follower of my blog, you probably know that Jean is one of my absolute favorite stars so, really, I couldn't be more excited about my dissertation! I will be tracking the transformation of Harlow's star image and how it was reflected in her films and media coverage. One element of my research consists of watching all of Harlow's major films - a total of 22 titles (Goldie is the only one that I haven't been able to get hold of).

I wanted to share this little video that I put together of Harlow's early roles, predating her contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Apart from Hell's Angels (1930, she was under contract to Howard Hughes' Caddo Company at the time), Jean was largely on loan-out to various studios for these early roles. The studios didn't have time to develop her technique and Jean had not quite found her forte yet - comedy - so the contemporary critics largely disliked these performances. But, if you ask me, Jean's star quality and magnetism is obvious even in these early works. I think that you can already see her talent grow; she's specially good in The Beast of the City (1932). MGM, for which Jean was on loan-out for the film, was so impressed with her work that they bought her contract from Hughes. Jean's next film, the starring role in MGM's Red-Headed Woman (1932), marked a real turning point in her career.