Little Women (1933)
As a novel this story was one of the most influencial pieces of its time. It brought about issues of feminism and women were begining to realise that individuality and the constrains of the gender at the time were escapable. For this reason more and more women were seeking individuality, not only in the way they behaved, but also the way they dressed.
Brought to the screens in the 1930s the themes still resonated for the Depression audiences. This, together with Walter Plunkett’s beautiful costume design and the casting of iconic actress Katherine Hepburn, made for a brilliant reception and the fashions were as important to the audience as they were to the characters in the film. “Meg’s high-heeled slippers were very tight and hurt her, though she would not own it, and Jo’s nineteen hairpins all seemed stuck straight into her head, which was not exactly comfortable, but, dear me, let us be elegant or die”.