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1930s Designers


Although you won’t likely find an original garment from these important 1930s designers in a run of the mill vintage shop, their influences show up over and over on the vintage racks.

Coco Chanel

Chanel's number one trademark in any decade, including the 1930s, is menswear inspired pieces. The 1930s is when Chanel's signature color pairs of navy and white, beige and black, and burgundy and white were first introduced.

Madame Grès

Madame Grès was known her whole career for her perfect draping technique. Evening gowns cut on the bias, draped, and pleated in grecian style are a direct homage to Grès style.


As the designer of Wallis Simpson's two piece crepe wedding dress, Mainbocher influenced an entire decade of bridal wear. He also popularized “Wallis blue,” a color that he used exclusively in designs for his muse.

Robert Piguet

Piguet embraced theatrical ‘30s romanticism full force incorporating high cap sleeves, large yokes, and high collars.

Elsa Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli brought avant garde fashion to the masses through her collaboration with surrealist artists. Schiaparelli gave us her trademark color “shocking pink,” culottes, tromp l'œil sweaters, and the first use of decorative zippers.

Madeleine Vionnet

Like Madame Grès, Vionnet favored bias cuts, and draping Madame Grès. Though revolutionary at the time, Vionnet made it a point to show off the female figure. The cowl neck and halter silhouettes we made populare by Vionnet.

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