Vintage Thursday- Creating the 1930s Look

As it's vintage Thursday, and of course as I have been preoccupied with the 1920s and 30's I decided to post some of the photos that I took when I attended a screening of Nosferatu at the Ulster Hall.

The Ulster Hall brought a classic to the big screen last February. Murnau's silent German film Nosferatu from 1922 was to be shown with live organ accompaniment in the main auditorium. It seemed to be just what Belfast wanted, with the hall being full with avid lovers of film looking for more than just the conventional experience.

It offered the ability for an audience to experience a filmic event unlike any other. Some turned up in the garb of the twenties -myself included, finger waves, flapper chic and lots of beads. There were head bands and hair feathers, sharp suits and loose morals, it was the 1920's again. Some went to great lengths to come as vampires themselves, cue pasty faces and blood trickles. I didn't see any shaved heads like Orlok's but I'm betting there was at least one.

I of course got into the spirit as well. The aesthetic of the day was heavily lined eyes, pale bases and dark lips. The lips weren't brought out to the corners, the corners were often powdered and 2/3 of the lip would be coloured with dark lip paint to create a nipped pout effect. For my clothes I wore a beaded dress which was cut in a very 1940s style but I thought I could get away with it. I also wore my fur trimmed coat and lots of beads.

My hair was finger waved which you can just about see from the photos. As my hair was long I twisted it up under as the girls who had long hair would have at the time. Then I lightly wet my hair and used my fingers and pins to sculpt it into waves. I then put some frizz ease serum on it so that when it dried it wouldn't be awfully frizzy.  Once I had done my make up I blasted it with my hair drier and removed the clips. I popped a little hair spray on and off I went. It wasn't as tight a look as I was going for but in the time scale I had I was pleased. 

I then threw some more kohl on and off I went!

The film was accompanied by the Mulholland Organ, played by Martin Baker who improvised the score throughout the whole film, playing whilst watching a small monitor. His skill and expertise was able to be seen throughout, simultaneously drawing the audience in with the soft threatening tones of Orlok's approach and the final balcony shaking power of the film's final crescendo. An absolute tour de force from Baker whose bow in front of the screen to rapturous applause mimicked the iconic shadowed Nosferatu image.

The night in all was a huge success. The ability of a 90-year-old film to still be absolutely terrifying in its otherness, is a testament to the skill with which it was created.

So here's my vintage styled picture, you can see why the eyes and lips were so heavy for the movie stars and why it became so fashionable.

Much Love 'Dollbabies' Don't take any wooden nickels!

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