A 1940s Photo Shoot in Reno, Nevada

The beautiful Elizabeth, dressed in original 1940s vintage.

Whenever we do photo shoots, I always try to come up with an interesting concept. Usually, for the American Duchess line, we’re trying to “hide” our very Western, very “new” landscape and town, to make the photos looks like they’re from pastoral England or France.

But with the younger fashions, like the 1940s, our home town of Reno actually serves quite nicely. We don’t have a lot of very old buildings, but we do have some from the 1930s and 1940s surviving. So for this shoot with Elizabeth, vintage fashion connoisseur, I thought we could actually celebrate Reno’s past.
Reno in the 1940s - a new divorcee exits the Washoe County Courthouse
Where better to do that but on the Washoe County Courthouse steps, where thousands of women have become brides and divorcees. This is the famous courthouse from “The Misfits,” and one of the most beautiful buildings in downtown Reno.

One of the traditions from the past was for a lady to “kiss the column” upon existing the courthouse doors, her divorce finalized. While no lipstick stains remain, the column still stands as a monument of 20th century female freedom from bad marriages. Check out the newsreel above for glimpses of Reno in 1943, and happy gals “kissing the column.”
So, naturally, The Column played a role in our photo shoot.
Reno in the 1940s – Washoe County Courthouse – Elizabeth is wearing all vintage paired with the beautiful reproduction 1940s shoes “Betty” from Royal Vintage Shoes

Elizabeth’s outfit is an original 1940s dress paired with a vintage hat and gloves. The shoes are “Betty” 1940s platform sandals by Miss L Fire, which we sell in the 1940s section at Royal Vintage Shoes. These are just wonderful shoes, very high quality and comfortable, with an arch support and adjustable straps. I have a pair myself and they seem to go with absolutely everything.

"Betty" 1940s Platform Sandals in Black Suede from RoyalVintageShoes.com (c)2016

I hope you’ve enjoyed our photos! Here are the details:

Dress: Vintage
Hat: Vintage
Gloves: Vintage
Model: Elizabeth Pedersen 
Location: Washoe County Courthouse, Reno, NV


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