Fabulous stage costumes from "Pins and Needles" are modelled - fashions through the ages.
Points from "Pins and Needles" the Gaiety Revue.
A retrospective look at women's fashions. "To begin with, Eve was simple in her dress - and exclusive." Curtains are opened on a stage. A man bows with open arms and a woman dressed in an outfit representing leaves parades around. "In Cleopatra's time, the maiden favoured the crinoline." A woman comes on to the stage with hands held in a "Walk Like an Egyptian" pose modelling a crinoline. "In 1400 they coy one's fancy ran to this" - a strange outfit is shown incorporating a double wimple!
"But, in 1776, hubby found her taste was more exacting - and expensive." Woman in elaborate costume walks towards the camera with arms outstretched. "In 1800 our old friend crinoline again turned up - likewise these sleeves." Another preposterous outfit is presented. This is shown in C/U against a black backdrop. "Eve of 1830, was a dashing maid" - The outfits become ever more bizarre - a kind of one shouldered highwayman's look with a fur trimmed cape and hat with large feathers. Seen in C/U. "While 1913's fancy strayed a bit - (It must have been cold that year)" Cossack style outfit is paraded. "In 1920, we're glad to see her back again..." The "modern" outfit has a frilly lampshade effect skirt and headband with feathers. Model turns to show us her bare back. "But what about 1931? Perhaps Eve's next surprise will be the cultured Pearl creation.." Comparatively sedate outfit is modelled which has strings of pearls hanging from the model's outstretched arms.
Note: the moustachioed man who stands to attention on stage throughout could well be the dress designer. He looks a bit like M. Alphonse Berg, star of several Eve's Film Review items. Costumes from this show were designed by Gordon Conway, Comelli and Guy De Gerald. They are pretty outrageous!