"In the 1930s there was this tendency in Hollywood to portray everyone as rich. Even if they were doing a poor man’s dance, they were all so nicely clothed, gowned, coiffured. That’s why I decided to wear white socks, loafers, T-shirts, and blue jeans."  —Gene Kelly
White socks, though?
-Pete

"In the 1930s there was this tendency in Hollywood to portray everyone as rich. Even if they were doing a poor man’s dance, they were all so nicely clothed, gowned, coiffured. That’s why I decided to wear white socks, loafers, T-shirts, and blue jeans."  —Gene Kelly

White socks, though?

-Pete

(Source: interviewmagazine.com)

A couple people have sent me this amazing video of Cab Calloway performing “The Jumpin’ Jive” in the film Stormy Weather (1943).  If the Hi De Ho Man isn’t enough for you, the dancing, by the Nicholas Brothers, will explode your mind.  And all performed in proper evening wear.

I love the way these pants move - fabrics were much heavier, on the whole, in days of yore, and the drape that comes from the combination of those fabrics, high waists, and well-placed pleats and cuffs is spectacular.

I’d also heartily recommend that you check out Fayard Nicholas watching and commenting on the video, which you can check out here.