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I so loved It Happened One Night when I first saw it. It was witty and romantic, with gorgeous atmosphere, and well, Clark Gable! What's usually noted about this 1934 film, fashion-wise, is the scene where Gable removes his shirt--and has no undershirt on underneath. (Urban myth has it that sales of men's undershirts declined sharply after this scene, when men suddenly realized that if Gable didn't need to wear an undershirt, why should they. That myth has been kinda sorta debunked
But what stood out to me was Claudette Colbert's wonderful chevron print top. I have been drawn to chevron prints ever since. The only one that I own, however, is a simple 1970s navy and white chevron print skirt.
I did a little more internet research and discovered that another of my favorite movies of this era (of all time, really) featured chevron prints. 1940's His Girl Friday has the amazing Rosalind Russell decked out in a wonderfully wacky chevron-striped suit and hat. This outfit certainly rivals that of Irene Dunne's over the top The Awful Truth costumes.
Robert Kalloch. I didn't find a whole lot of information about him, other than that he designed costumes for most of my favorite films of the 1930s and 1940s, but did find this very interesting article from the Clothes on Film blog about Rosalind Russell's stripey outfit in His Girl Friday.
And there may be a reason for that. The clothing in It Happened One Night, The Awful Truth, and His Girl Friday was all by the same designer--
I do not know when the chevron print first came into vogue, but it does seem to have been used a lot in the 1930s. Look at this 1932 photo of a woman in a chevron-striped gown, from Life magazine.
I did a little scouring of the internets for current-day chevron prints. I think they were hot in collections a few years back, and so I didn't find anything too inspiring, but I do rather like this sweater from Marc Jacobs that is--aside from the ruffle at the waist; not sure how I feel about that--reminiscent of Colbert's top. It can be purchased at Bloomie's.
It appears the chevron enjoyed a renaissance in the 1970s. When I searched for chevron in vintage items on Etsy, nearly every one was a 1970s piece.
Here is a fun rainbow chevron-striped mini dress from lightyearsvintage.
I totally love this more sedate green number from raretreasure with its built-in shrug!
A marvelous 1920s beaded purse from TheChurchofVintage (is that not a great shop name?).
I absolutely love this zigzag bag from ChinChinVintage.
And on the handmade front, here is a charming handknit sweater from Good Egg. What a fun play on Charlie Brown's famous zig-zaggy sweater!
And, finally, I can totally see myself cozying up all winter to this wonderful scarf from fray, which just happens to have one of my favorite color schemes.