Thursday, December 10, 2009

Shopping from Powell and Pressburger

by Lesli Larson
Miss Smith and the soldier from Oregon

A Canterbury Tale
(Powell and Pressburger 1944) provides us with evidence that heritage clothing for women is not an impossibility. In a recent post to Valet, a 23 year old woman inquired about how she could wear "peacoats, slim pants, loafers, etc. without looking too boyish? Any brands you would recommend?" In response, Valet offered three suggestions: Boy. Band of Outsiders, Black Fleece and JCREW. Though a good start, we'd prefer to shop from smaller labels like Nigel Cabourn, Mister Freedom, Our Legacy, Opening Ceremony, Gitman Bros. and SNS Herning. Unfortunately, none of these brands offer collections for women (Engineered Garment's ephemeral FWK line has yet to migrate West). Further, Valet advises "to mix in those boyish pieces with light touches of feminine charm." If the reader had emailed Archival Clothing, I would have suggested she model her wardrobe after the Land Army Girl, Miss Alison Smith, from A Canterbury Tale. Note Miss Smith's smart uniform of knee length woolen stockings, wide leather belt, brogues, sweater, plaid scarf and corduroy breeches.

Sweater tucked into pants. Above-elbow cuff.

Town-wear


Dress w/cartridge bag

Belted coveralls

Traditional Women's Land Army uniform


Thanks to archival finder Robin E. for sending along the original recommendation for A Canterbury Tale.

1 comment:

Le Club Du Style said...

Love your shopping from movies posts. Films are the ultimate shopping source in that they provide sheer inspiration as opposed to the mere lust of owning something of the season. And now I need to see this movie!