Carondelet Historical Society Project

From 2011-2013 I had the chance to photograph most of the donated clothing in the Carondelet Historical Society’s collection. I tried to style and shoot models authentic to the historical era of fashion that they’re wearing, sometimes veered into Old Hollywood Glamour as inspiration took over the shoot, as well as taking more straightforward pictures to showcase details in the clothing. This was an amazing way to learn and practice the art of photography.

1920s Plus Sized Flapper Dress

It was very fun to photograph this green plus sized 1920s dress! SO many times, surviving dresses from this era are petite. I’m not sure why, because plus sized women surely existed in the 1920s. I am guessing that clothing got re-purposed during the Great Depression, and worn longer. A dress made with lots of fabric could be repurposed more than a more narrow dress with just 16 inches or so across the front. I am not sure what I did with it, but I did come across one “plus sized” dress (which I sold) which was clearly hemmed from drop waist to the more fashionable natural waist of the 1930s.

Anyway, it’s always fun playing dress up!

White Edwardian Lace Dress on Andrea

It’s hard to beat that 1930s look, but Andrea fit this lace 1910s dress perfectly (and without a corset!). She looked so proper. I love the horizontal stripes of different lace on this dress, and it buttoned properly up the back. We just shot simple studio pictures to capture the details in this delicate Edwardian lace dress. She would have been right at home reading The Modern Priscilla!

1930s satin dress

Andrea posed in this decadent 1930s satin gown. I really love the cut, and slight flare at the bottom. Totally fit for a classic Old Hollywood movie star!

1930s Dress

This was a fun dress to take pictures of! It was black with lace detail across the front. As you can tell, it fits the perfect 1930s silhouette fashion and shape. It buttoned up the back with fabric covered buttons.

Green 1930s cape

What a lovely cape! I am sure the woman who originally wore this in the 1930s must have loved it. It was wool and extra large. I posed the retro model outdoors in a variety of settings, because it was so pretty! I especially love the pictures of the green cape against the green brick. I think these photos make for a timeless fashion editorial spread.

Pin It on Pinterest