The Ladies of Northeastern Take On Hollywood Glamour

By Emma Lambert
Photos: Emma Lambert

As a girl that has lived in Boston for the past two years, I could pretend that I spend lazy Sunday afternoons strolling through the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). However, in reality, I am more likely to be found binge watching “Project Runway” and perusing Pinterest to get my fashion fix for the day.

Yet this week, I joined the ranks of the refined cosmopolitan ladies of Northeastern on a trip to the MFA Hollywood Glamour exhibit. We went in search of inspiration for the Fashion & Retail Society’s fashion show coming up this spring (wink,wink), and had a stylish bonding experience for all of our new members along the way.

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The Hollywood Glamour exhibit is every fashion lover’s fantasy of otherworldly sophistication we associate with the black-and-white film era. Gowns worn by Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo will make you lament the lack of glitz on the big screen these days.

My favorite gown on display has impeccable beadwork and what could have been a risqué cleavage situation, à la Kim Kardashian. Instead, this dress pushed the envelope with the utmost class, proving that starlets of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s had a firm grasp on the concept of understated sexy.

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Call me a typical girl, but the beaded flapper gown also drew my attention. Yes, I may be attracted to anything shiny and glittery, but the detailing of this Chanel Haute Couture gown was undeniably a labor of love for the designer. The combination of silk netting with embroidered sequin flowers begs to be worn by a silver screen goddess like Ina Claire, who wore it in 1926.

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Many more beautiful dresses by Chanel, Travis Banton and Adrian as well as jewelry from Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin and Paul Flato are on display at the exhibit. Film clips, stills and photography by Edward Steichen provided context to the display and allowed us to see the gowns during their moments of on-screen glory.

If you were not able to make it to our MFA trip, I highly suggest getting your fashionable selves over to the MFA before March 8 to see this exhibit. Insider secret: all Northeastern students get in for free with their Husky IDs, so go visit these show-stopping outfits and jewels as often as you want!

Stay fashionable, ladies.

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