Fashions of Retribution Part Six: Meet Marianne

When we meet Marianne again in 1933, she is eighteen years old and working as a waitress in a café. Various versions of the Bonnie and Clyde story gave me ideas for a 1930’s waitress uniform since the historical Bonnie worked as a waitress before becoming a bank robber.

  
The wrap silhouette of her uniform as well as the design of her apron come from this costume worn by Laura Osnes as Bonnie Parker in the musical Bonnie and Clyde. 

  

The dress’s sleeves and collar as well as her cap come from this uniform worn by Holliday Granger in the same role in the History Channel movie of the same name.  

 

The pink and white color scheme as well as the lace on the hem and the apron strings being tied in a large bow come from the outfit worn by waitress Barbie. Fun Fact: In the famous 1960’s movie, Warren Beaty as Clyde says something about Bonnie putting on her “little white uniform” to which Fay Dunaway as Bonnie says “it’s pink.”  

 

Marianne has long hair and the quintessential hairstyle of the 1920’s and 1930’s was the bob. I found out that to go and actually get your hair cut short was a pretty daring thing to do at the time, so women who wanted to look stylish without sacrificing their long, lovely hair would often wear it up in a sort of chignon to mimic the look of a bob.  They might do something like this. 

 

One of the first people Marianne meets when she comes home from work in chapter five is her snooping neighbor Madame Poisson. Madame Poisson is described as being a disheveled looking woman in a dingy old dressing gown whose breathe stinks of whiskey. 

  
I got the flesh tone and pink color scheme from this dressing gown worn by Ilsa Fisher as Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby.  

  

Since I could not get a good sense of the shape of this dressing gown, I used this one from the period. 

  
Chapter five ends with Marianne getting ready for bed. 

  
 1930’s nighdresses were often sheer and silky and looked little different from the slips women wore. 

 

she  would wear a peignoir  over this if it got chilly

   

The idea of Marianne’s nightdress being light pink and her peignoir being light yellow comes from the night dress worn by Amanda Seyfried as Cosette in Les Miserables. Though Les Miserables takes place a hundred years before Retribution takes place, Cosette’s costumes had a girlish innonce and Parisian chic which I felt perfectly suited Marianne. 

  

Stay tuned for more designs 

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