Girls Gone Goth

November 14, 2010 at 7:34 am (Photo Gallery)

Just cutting their hair was fairly startling for women in the 1920s. Adopting the short-skirted flapper look was even more daring.

But some went in a whole new direction.

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A darkly exotic look for Myrna Loy.

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Lya DePutti, shortly before she left Germany for Hollywood in 1926.

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Renee Adoree, 1928. This and the photo below were taken by M-G-M’s chief portrait photographer, Ruth Harriet Louise, for the British magazine Eve.

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Joan Crawford, as she had never been seen before (or would be again). Ruth Harriet Louise’s contract at M-G-M expired the following year and was not renewed. Her replacement, George Hurrell, would capture the gloss and glamour of the M-G-M dream factory like no one else.

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Lillian Gish in The Mothering Heart (1913).

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Halloween candy: Edna Tichenor as “Arachnida, the Human Spider,” in Tod Browning’s The Show (1927).

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– – – Christopher Snowden

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2 Comments

  1. diane said,

    I have never seen “The Show’ but it looks as it it may have
    influenced his movie “Freaks”.

  2. Janine said,

    I LOVE THIS POST! These photos are amazing; thank you!

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