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Monday, February 10, 2020

Hooded-Gown History and Hollywood

My apologies - the hooded-gown number that Janelle Monae wore ...





... was actually an updated nod to dresses worn by movie stars from 1939 to 1942 (except Janelle's was more A-line than fitting, at the bottom).  

During that time in Hollywood, designers were inspired by the hooded gowns of medieval to 17th Germany, France, and England ...







... as well as 18th century France and England ...




... and finally, Kinsale cloaks, worn by country Irish women for centuries (remnants of medieval times, thus the wrongful "pagan" association with them) ...





...  but adopted by higher-society English and American women and worn from the 1850s to 1910 ...








Hollywood, however, chose an updated wrapped, fitted version in the 1940s, which I prefer. 

Still, not everyone can pull off the high-drama look of a hooded gown and/or cloak like Janelle can.  

These dresses were famously worn by the likes of Claudette Colbert ...







Veronica Lake ...




Annabelle Power (Mrs. Tyrone Power) ...





Dorothy Dandridge ...





Bette Davis ...





Lucille Ball ...







Lana Turner 







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