Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mae West: Return of the Curve

The impact that MAE WEST was having on the stylish set was discussed in Australia on February 12th.
• • Writing for an Australian publication, a Hollywood correspondent explained:  Mae West, the lady who has popularised the return of the "curve" to the feminine figure, has created a style of her own, under whose spell the whole country has fallen.  The shop windows all over America are exploiting the Mae West fashion in all kinds of women's wear. There are the Mae West hats, the Mae West frocks, and so on, right through the gamut of fashion.  This artist has been responsible for reintroducing the dress with billowing skirts, the large hat adorned with feathers, and such old-time dress fabrics as heavy velvets, plushes, and kindred weaves, not to mention all kinds of fur accessories.  . . .
• • Source: page 4 in The Sydney Morning Herald; published on Monday, 12 February 1934.
• • On Friday, 12 February 1943 • •
• • This is a letter Mae West wrote on Friday, 12 February 1943.
• • Dear Mr. Jackson-Craig:
• • No one could help being moved by your always beautiful letters and the fineness of the sentiment they express. The most recent of your letters presents a problem, however, that cannot, I am afraid, be solved in the way that you wish. ... A life such as mine is anything but simple. ...
• • On Saturday, 12 February 1949 in Billboard • •
• • Saturday night with Mae West as Diamond Lil at the Coronet Theatre, wow. Billboard reviewer Bob Francis was in the crowd on her opening night (5 February 1949) and recorded his fascinations in a lengthy, generously detailed piece that was printed the following week on Saturday, 12 February 1949 in Billboard Magazine. Bob Francis had an exceptional perspective, since he had seen the show in 1928, too.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • With shock-proof punches but with haymakers nevertheless, Mae West uncorks a flashy, melodramatic entertainment of the 1890s in "Belle of the Nineties," trippingly gay and gaudy for the most part but lingering in spots.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "In my pictures I never took a man from another woman or pursued another woman's husband. That was all part of my plan to keep women audiences happy. Women don't like to be reminded of the fact that their man might stray after some thing like — — well, you know what I mean."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on greyhounds mentioned Mae West.
• • Beatrix Campbell wrote:  These fleet sight-hunters who target rabbits, hares, and squirrels have been petted as accessories to the aristocracy. They are admired for a peculiar faculty: greyhounds have been known to surpass 40 miles per hour, and yet they lie around all day, like Mae West, resting.   ...
• • Source: Item in New Statesman; published on Monday, 12 February 2007 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 1,430 visitors. We reached a milestone this week: 3,100 posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3113th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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