I was getting ready to revisit some Delineator pattern illustrations from April 1926 when I decided that, because that was a time of glorious full-color illustrations, perhaps I should show some images from a three-year-old post again. Plus a few more….
The red dress is more complicated than it looks, with that curving torso recalling medieval sideless gowns and a section of pleats at each side of the overskirt.
I can’t help noticing that “spring colors” (or summer colors) were different in 1926.
Navy and white (or pale gray) is still a spring combination, but that two-tone green seems more autumnal to me.
Clothes for children are colorful, too:
Older teens might wear a print with black ground:
A wide band with a tight fit around the low hip is seen in the print dress above and in the greenish dress below:
The shawl worn with the white evening dress is not the usual, embroidered “Spanish shawl” but a very colorful hand-painted one. A similar shawl appeared in this 1927 advertisement for Ivory soap flakes.
This “Aztec” pattern painted shawl was made in the Samuel Russel Studio, New York, and illustrated by Katharine Stinger for an Ivory Soap Flakes ad. Delineator, March 1927.
April 1926 was a time for low, snug hip bands, often tied with a huge bow.