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Cataloguing fashion

carole lombard travis banton 00a

The average American woman of the mid-1930s may have fantasized about being Carole Lombard and having your wardrobe (onscreen, at least) designed by fashion maven Travis Banton (shown with Carole in Paramount p1202-961), but in real life, she could do the next best thing and make her own film-inspired clothes herself through Hollywood Pattern, a Connecticut company founded by Conde Nast publishing in 1932 (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/135629.html).

carole lombard hollywood pattern 969a

Many of you are interested in both vintage patterns and how they were influenced by Hollywood stars. Well, eBay now has an item that will make some of you salivate like a Pavlovian dog -- it's a Hollywood Patterns store copy display book for January 1937, listing 248 pages of patterns available and measuring 11" x 12 1/2":

carole lombard hollywood patterns jan 1937 front cover large
carole lombard hollywood patterns jan 1937 inside front cover

Is Lombard included? What do you think?

carole lombard hollywood patterns jan 1937b lombard

Several other stars of the day can be seen on its pages; perhaps you recognize a few (including Bette Davis, Kay Francis, Jean Muir and Joan Blondell):

carole lombard hollywood patterns jan 1937ba
carole lombard hollywood patterns jan 1937ca
carole lombard hollywood patterns jan 1937da
carole lombard hollywood patterns jan 1937ea
carole lombard hollywood patterns jan 1937fa
carole lombard hollywood patterns jan 1937ga
carole lombard hollywood patterns jan 1937gb

Pretty impressive. Note that one of the pages has pencil writing, and there are some creases and stains (remember, this was actually used in a store of some sort), but overall it's in reasonable condition.

Something so large -- and so rare (this wasn't distributed to the general public, after all) -- won't come cheaply. The minimum bid for this item is $200 (no bids have been made as of this writing), with bids closing at 8:48 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday. Anyone with a genuine interest in fashion history might find this volume invaluable.

If you'd like to place a bid or simply find out more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-1937-HOLLYWOOD-FASHION-SEWING-PATTERN-STORE-COUNTER-BOOK-CAROLE-LOMBARD-/200803331141?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ec0cfac45.
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