Printed 40s (and some late 30s and early 50s) fabrics have been on my mind lately, especially big bold florals with a sweeping hand painted look, and prints involving ribbons. I’m working on a dress in a print that has all these aspects and I think it’s going to be spectacular.
I love the painted sweeping bows (you can see more clearly on the colour swatches that they are indeed bows) on this pink dress from the same catalogue. Pale pink and black is also one of my favourite colour combinations.
Three wonderful dresses and two lovely prints, but my favourite is to the left. It’s both pale pink and black, and it’s plaid with a hand painted look, which is something I can not resist. Also from the same catalogue.
Another ribbon print in the middle, though I prefer my bows more flowing and less cute. Brown and white is another great colour combination, but my favourite dress in this picture is the green one! 1943 Sears spring catalogue.
Linda Darnell wears a top in an absolutely wonderful sweeping print in this ad.
Another perfect print on Linda Darnell, with a hand painted look and beautiful colours. Source: Fine Art America
The print on Gloria DeHaven’s top looks just fantastic with both flowers and ribbons. Source: Dr. Macro
Shirley Temple in a big floral print. Source: Vintage-Stars
Shirley again in a great novelty print with ships. Source: Dr. Macro
Carole Lombard in a very big hummingbird print. Source: moviemag47
Great print on Gene Tierney.
A 1948 Horrockses dress. I love Horrockses prints and highly recommend the book Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the 40s and 50s if you’re into vintage fabric prints. Source: Vintage Chic
Jane Greer in a beautiful tropical looking print. Source: Kate Gabrielle
I love this whole look, though I’m not sure how great the skirt would look in motion.
Joan Fulton in a great ribbon print. I wonder which colour it was. Source: thetag1
Marjorie Reynolds in the same bikini. Source: Dr. Macro
Lana Turner in a printed blouse. Beautiful colours! Source: Fine Art America