I’m really craving some hot summer sunshine at the moment, and my thoughts keep turning to the South of France, one of my favourite places in the world. And who comes to mind when thinking of summer in the Cote D’Azur? Brigitte Bardot of course! I thought this would be a perfectly cute outfit for strolling down to the beach (with your bikini underneath of course!)
Clockwise from top left:
I thought the topless swimsuit was invented by Rudi Gernreich in the 1960s, but apparently a slightly baggier version was around in the 1920s! This monokini was worn by Guna Mori, a Follies Bergere girl. Apologies for the size of the photo, I couldn’t find a higher-res photo! Which version do you prefer this one, or the 1960s version?
Elizabeth Taylor with short hair in a leopard print swimsuit. This photo is a publicity photo from film The Last Time I Saw Paris in 1954. I’m not sure I’ve seen her with such short hair before but she looks absolutely knock-out doesn’t she?
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Suzy Parker (on the left) and Evelyn Tripp photographed for October Vogue 1956. I love the mixture of red and white in this photo, and that red dress is the most amazing shape – just fabulously elegant! *sigh*
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
The photo above was a promotional photo from the Wizard of Oz.
Contact sheet of photos taken by Toni Frissell in the mid to late 1940s in front of the Washington Monument. The photos were taken for an advertisement for Garfinckel’s to go into Vogue magazine.
Which of these photos would you pick as the best?
Gene Kelly photographed in his US Navy uniform during the Second World War, probably 1944 or 1945. He enlisted in the US Naval Air Service and was stationed in the Photographic Section, Washington D.C.
He looks mighty dishy in a uniform doesn’t he? He was one of my first crushes when I used to sit and watch re-runs of old movies as a kid. Who was your first movie-star crush?