Friday, February 12, 2016

Mae West: A Style of Her Own

MAE WEST had a big influence on styles and fashions. This topic came up when Mrs. E. S.  Amundsen, the sister of actress Minnie Love, visited Australia and was interviewed.
• • Mrs. E. S.  Amundsen, who comes straight from Hollywood, describes that centre of filmdom as a "wonderful place," and the residents as "wonderful people "  . . .
• • Fashions in Hollywood change almost in a night, says Mrs Amundsen. In fact it is the city of changing styles, even pictures undergoing the same rapid somersault movement and altering their character.
• • "Mae West — — a style of her own" • •
• • 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, affirmed Mrs. Amundsen.  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: Article in The Sydney Morning Herald; published on Monday, 12 February 1934.
• • On Friday, 12 February 1943 • •
• • Mae West wrote numerous letters to her fans. Here's what she wrote on Friday, 12 February 1943, from a rare letter to a fan that was preserved in her archives.
• • 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. ...
• • Curious? In another post, you might learn more about this intriguing letter from 1943.
• • On Saturday, 12 February 1949 in Billboard • •
• • Saturday night watching Mae West as the Bowery belle 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. Critic Bob Francis had an exceptional perspective, since he had seen the show at the Royale Theatre in 1928, too.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • While considered unique, Greta Garbo was still perceived to be somewhat interchangeable with that other European symbol of androgyny and unalloyed sexuality, Marlene Dietrich. Andre Sennewald saw in Mae West a welcome relief from their “sulphurous sex-dramas.”
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "I pity weak women, good or bad, but I can't like them. A woman should be strong either in her goodness or badness."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Hollywood weekly mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae Wants to Be Quiet" • •
• • And so Mae West has bought a six-acre ranch out Van Nuys way that has ten room and a guest house. She claims it is difficult to find peace and quietness in an apartment, but wait until her friends hear about that guest house on the ranch.   . . .
• • Source: Item in Hollywood Filmograph; published on Saturday, 3 March 1934
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,300 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3376th 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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