Barbara Stanwyck for Gambling Lady (1934) Edith Head designed most of the costumes for her movies, she had a long waist, Edith solved the problem by: drawing a viewer's attention up around Stanwyck's chest and shoulders, using wide belts, and by bringing the waists of Stanwyck's clothing higher up.
For tying together any look, I love to quickly stitch up a wide, obi-wrap belt. It's super-quick to sew, and since it takes so little fabric, it's a great way to use those pricey drop-dead-gorgeous fabrics you've been drooling over. This belt makes a smart choice for defining the waistline and lends drama to every look from a cocktail dress to a simple T-shirt and jeans.Nx
Blue silk high waisted bodice with wide square neckline. Short sleeves with ruched fabric between vertical bands of fabric. Band around bottom with vandyked edge, lace frill inside. Neckline trimmed with twisted bands of fabric. Front bodice trimmed with applique of rouleaux. Lower skirt trimmed with overlapped applique triangles of fabric and self covered buttons. Four bands of quilting around on hem. Fastens at back with hooks and loops. 1820 - 1825 (circa)