On The Set | A Good Woman, 1930s Italian Fashion

I recently came across the blog Frock Flicks (what a great name!) and it inspired me to do more posts from TV shows and movies that feature period costumes. Frock Flicks mostly focuses on 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th century period costumes. As I haven’t yet found a vintage fashion blog that focuses on 20th century costumes (if you know of one, leave me a comment!), I thought perhaps my blog should be a good source for inspiration and research. All right, let’s get on with this week’s movie! 

A beautiful pale eggplant colored accordion pleat detail on an asymmetrical hat worn on Helen Hunt’s character.

This week I watched “A Good Woman” featuring Scarlet Johansson and Helen Hunt. It is set in Amalfi, Italy in the year 1930. I won’t be capturing every costume from the movie, just some key ones. Also, some of the images will be out of order so the plot will not be ruined in case you want to watch this movie (and I recommend you do, it’s currently on Amazon Prime Video!)

Here we see "Meg" in a pretty citrus chiffon day dress with short sleeves and soft ruffles.
Here we see “Meg” in a pretty citrus chiffon day dress with short sleeves and soft ruffles.

At first I thought the movie seemed hokey pokey, but towards the end I really started to fall in love with it. I really don’t like HOW Helen Hunt’s character speaks though and where she puts emphasis on certain words. It’s a little jarring to listen to. Anyhow, some of the scenes and sets are really quite beautiful. So I will include these as well, as the thing I love nearly as much as vintage clothing are vintage homes!

Lots of glove action in this movie... also love the asymmetrical collar on this dress "Mrs. Erlynne" is wearing. Not so crazy about this hat.
Lots of glove action in this movie… also love the asymmetrical collar on this dress “Mrs. Erlynne” is wearing. Not so crazy about this hat.
What a sumptuous dress shop!
This scene in a dress shop is one of my favorites. Isn’t it exquisite?


This outfit is only briefly seen and I wish it had more screen time. I really love the necklace. I have to admit, the hats in this movie look really cheap though.
Here we see the front of Meg’s citrus hued floral dress. She also wears this locket pretty much the entire movie.



Lots of wonderful floral chiffon prints in the movie. Everyone wears really subdued tones except for Meg and Mrs. Erlynne. Meg is always in something light colored, soft, and very sweet (to further portray her innocence) and Mrs. Erlynne wears a lot of frosted soft colors and jewel tones (perhaps alluding to something…hmmm…you’ll have to watch the movie and see!)

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Every dress Meg wears in this movie is basically this same exact silhouette. V-neckline, fitted at the waist, light a-line/tulip flare, short sleeves. This is a wonderful silhouette for a woman that has curves and has a larger bust.


Here we get a closer look at the pattern on this dress. I also think Meg’s hair looks the best here. In most of the scenes her curls are so tight, they look very Shirley Temple-y. But perhaps…there is a reason for her hair slowly becoming more “undone” and less “perfect” (just watch the movie!)

Another wonderful asymmetrical neckline worn by Mrs. Erlynne
Oh haaiiii, someone’s got some new “revenge” shopping shoes!


This peignoir that Meg wears throughout the movie is so stunning! I believe it has cream silk velvet on it and it is the palest hue of peach. It features long waterfall angel sleeves (again, alluding to the purity of her character perhaps?)



Mrs. Erlynne wearing a navy and cream color blocked dress. I really dislike the lavender gloves as the accent. It seems like a very odd color combination.

So that’s all for this week’s On The Set post! I really enjoyed this movie and hope you’ll give it a watch!

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On the Set: Mid 1920s Fashion on Downton Abbey

I am (finally) watching the final season of Downton Abbey! I always have a hard time accepting that certain things I love are coming to an end. The final season of Downton Abbey has some drool worthy 1920s era clothing. (Every season has had such gorgeous costumes though!) I thought I would start documenting them on the blog since the show has ended and it will be a lovely way for me (and maybe for you) to revisit the Crawleys and all the wonderful characters at Downton. These particular screen caps are from Season 6, Episode 1.

Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion

The costume designer, Anna May Scott Robbins, has really done such an impeccable job on the wardrobe. In every episode my eyes always light up seeing certain fabrics, embroidery details, a little necklace, a small brooch… the attention to detail! Praises and praises to Anna and the wardrobe team!

Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion

In this shot we see the full outfit Edith wears and a back view of the stunning embroidered silk jacket Cora, the Countess of Grantham, is wearing. I love the matching pale green drop earrings and long bead necklace Edith is wearing! The shot below we get so see the beautiful embroidery detail on the sheer sleeves of the dress Edith wears and the charming pockets and the gold belt buckle! I would wear this outfit in a heartbeat!

Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion
Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion
Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion
Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion

The two outfits above are only seen for a few seconds and I couldn’t really get a good capture of it. There’s also a beautiful wine colored coat Mary wears briefly with the silk 1920s dress below that I couldn’t get a good picture of either.

Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion

Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion

Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion

Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion

Oh goodness! There are so many outfits and these mostly just of the Crawley women! Can you imagine what a treat it must be to work in the wardrobe department? I didn’t even screen cap every outfit! It’s really hard to screen cap the clothing when the actors are moving. No matter what, the images are always a bit blurry.

Anyhow, I hope you guys are enjoying my On The Set series! Eventually, once I have enough on the roster I’ll do a themed post like “Lady Mary’s Silk Kimonos”

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*disclaimer* / I am sharing these screen caps because I am a big fan of Downton Abbey and appreciate the enormous effort that the wardrobe department goes through not only for aesthetics but for date accuracy. My hope is to learn more about Edwardian/1920s fashion. So, these posts are in some parts me being a fan girl, but in other ways for research.

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