Dead to Me
by Mary McCoy
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
Dead To Me is set in 1940s Los Angeles, so while I was writing, I had to do a little bit of research on 1940s fashion to make sure I didn't anyone dressed for the wrong era. The characters include everyone from housewives to movie stars to tomboyish teenage girls to private eyes, so I looked to old dress patterns, archival photos, and of course, movies for inspiration.
There's a fabulous collection of Life Magazine photographs of teenagers in the 1940s, and I used that when I was thinking about Alice, the main character, and what she would have been wearing:
After World War II, one of the most significant trends in women's fashion was know as the New Look, the name of Christian Dior's spring-summer 1947 collection. The clothes were feminine, with longer skirts - an antidote to the more utilitarian styles of the war-era. Alice's mother would have adored this look:
I also see Annie, the glamorous older sister, adopting the New Look, only a more youthful version of it:
Camille Grabo, the disgraced starlet, would have gone with dramatic looks. I see her wearing a lot of black, too:
And on the other end of the spectrum is Ruth, who doesn't care about fashion, who's described as wearing shirtwaist dresses. This would have been a few years out of fashion, and definitely more austere than what the other women are wearing:
And then there are the men. Of course, for Jerry Shaffer, the tough-talking private detective, I went to the platonic ideal, Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep:
And for Conrad Donahue, the devastatingly handsome but dangerous movie star, I used Montgomery Clift as my model:
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