On Sunday afternoon, Dapper and I curled up under blankets on the sofa to watch the Hitchcock classic, North by Northwest. There’s no denying that Eva Marie Saint is a beauty, but some of her clothes in this film are simply divine. Take this dress as the most obvious – and stunning – example:
Whilst this is certainly my favourite of her dresses, she actually sports some delightful costumes throughout:
“Don’t shoot!” Note the little boy in the background covering his ears in anticipation.
A simple but elegant day dress
Eve Kendall would almost certainly never leave the house without her hat and gloves – indeed, in the film’s climactic scene, even having kicked off her shoes, she still clings to the cliff edge in her wrist gloves:
We’ve discussed before the etiquette of dressing to show respect for those around you, of taking pride in your appearance as an extension of respecting yourself, and it occurs to me more and more frequently that, for all our girl-power feminism, we’ve lost the strength, poise and self-respect that women of this era were brought up to embody. And with them, so many beautiful but subtle rites of flirtation.
I have also begun to notice certain little gestures made by the gentlemen in movies such as this: the hand to the centre back to ensure a lady passes first, a subtle open-armed sweep to bring his lady escort into a conversation, or a hand taken to lead her forward to introduce someone. I have begun to notice them for the simple reason that they are the kinds of gestures Dapper adopts, and to which I am learning to adapt: because if you aren’t used to having chairs pulled, coats proffered and car doors opened for you, you all to often find yourself directly in the way!