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Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Flat Foot Floey, Apr 1, 2013.
The fact that there is any real photography in that catalog is wonderful. So many catalogs/ ads are simple artists renditions of the products.
I think some of the illustrations look like rip offs from apparel arts. Or maybe they were taken directly? This would raise the question if/how a French shop would have the clothes that were shown in an american magazine?
Yes quite a common phenomenon to encounter American illustrations in European publications (catalogs or tailor periodicals)... what has been taken over are the poses and general outline, but the clothes mostly vary. Or the shown garments are "vague" enough to advertise for something of similar style (the devil is in the text I guess - concerning cloth and color).
And correct me if I'm wrong on the following - Apparel Arts wasn't a catalog showing "existing" garments, but rather a "fashion guide" inspiring the garment industry.
If we take for example this one below... the costumer in essence sees various generic patch-pocket suits, which on the illustration don't show great difference between "French" and "American" style. Of course he would receive something of French make along the lines of the illustration.
Similar practice was done also in Eastern Europe with German illustrations (at least the German periodicals complain about this), while they were themselves "borrowing" sometimes from American illustrations - shows how international fashion was, despite obvious regional differences in detail and make.
I just love the travel-pack. So neat, so practical..
Apparel arts was a trade publication and yes, it was more like a guide to menswear trends.
I have to look if I can find the original illustrations to compare them to the french catalog.
It's amazing to see how fashion-forward the French. Those 1934 fashions wouldn't look out of place in an American catalog 5 years later.
It's a dream.