1930s evening gown, bias cut and slinky and on a fat lady!
So I was watching Alice Adams, which is basically about a young Katherine Hepburn being social climb-y and awkward, and boy howdy is it rife with old tyme fat shaming.
Alice, our intrepid heroine, wants to be rich like the other girls so she can reject the very kind offer of a dance from the fat guy. He’s her only option, because the wealthy men think they are too good for her. But she thinks she’s too good for the chubby guy. And at no time does she stop and think that maybe he’s dancing with her because he understands they are both a little bit ostracized. Oh, and the chubby guy? Is made fun of for having to bring his “tub of a sister” along so they both have someone to dance with. THE MAN MAKING FUN OF SIBLINGS DANCING IS ALICE’S OWN BROTHER. WHO BROUGHT HER TO THE DANCE. Because she could find no other partner. Seriously, he says that while dancing with his own sister. Oy.
Anyway, what should be a really cute movie (with one absolutely magnificent Hattie McDaniels cameo!) kind of ruined my night. Which meant I had to draw a fat lady in the 30s rocking a dress which would make Jean Harlow blush. And no underwear. Because that was a thing.