Military-inspired chic: the influence of the regime was obvious in much fashion. As one magazine commented, “the cape is generally inspired by the officer’s rounded cloak, and the decorations often recall braid, loop fastenings and buttons.
“Sartorial techniques insist on the beauty of a geometrically measurable body.” Fascists did too, breaking the body into fragments in search of an ideal. Here, a chart of movie star glances aims to sum up the beauty of the eye.
Cigarettes seemed to have been an ever-present prop of the fascist fashionista. 1931 even saw the premier of the Vallaguzza belt, an accessory for beach life that kept your cigarettes dry in a “lacquered clasp-container” that “attached at the waist with a soft woollen belt that matched the colour of your swimsuit.”