Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Revisionist Television

Kitty is currently downstairs watching an episode of the current season of "Project Runway." The challenge for this episode was to design fashion that gave a nod to the fashion and glamor of the 1930's. I did a double take. Wait. Since when is "style," "fashion," and "glamor" associated with the 30's? Wasn't there that little thing called "The Great Depression" going on at the time when pretty much everybody lost a ton of money? Perhaps a very small segment of society was able to live comfortably through the era, but it certainly wasn't a time of conspicuous consumption. The whole undercurrent to the show was to promote a new t.v. show about the lives of Bonnie and Clyde. Once again, this is more revisionist history based on earlier revisionist history. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway gave Oscar-worthy performances in the 1968 movie where they transformed the story of 2 young hick bank robbers into a tale of tragic love. It was pure Hollywood fiction done extremely well. So now that is the picture that is being painted of how things were in the 30's. It's not the 30's of Barrow and Parker but rather the 30's portrayed by Beatty and Dunaway. The reason they were portrayed as the era's Robin Hoods was because they robbed banks, banks that were ruthlessly foreclosing on farms and houses which sent people west in search of some sort of employment. Perhaps the next challenge on the show will be to design travel fashion for the Joad Family from "The Grapes of Wrath" as they wind their way down that sexy Route 66 to that glamorous Central Valley of California.
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