Oh my, it’s definitely getting colder out there. The nights have drawn in and Christmas lights are starting to spring up all over the place (my next door neighbours back garden looks like a plastic Santa’s grotto – they’ve been out there all morning hanging it all up!). It’s definitely time to wrap up warm(…)
Tilly Tizzani wearing a ‘bijou suit, wine and roses’ for October Vogue 1962. Isn’t the dress beautiful?
Catherine Deneuve sitting in a rather uncomfortable-looking chair in front of the Eiffel Tower 1960s. I don’t know very much about this photo unfortunately, but it seems rather strange for a number of reasons. Why, for example, is she sitting in that chair, and why is it on a plinth? Surely she could have sat(…)
Mary Pickford wearing THE most amazing gloves in a publicity photo from the 1931 movie Kiki. I fell in love with gloves like these when I saw a lady wearing them (number 18) at Goodwood Revival last year and never thought I’d see another pair! Aren’t they amazing? If anyone knows where I can get(…)
Greta Garbo smouldering in a publicity photo from 1930, the year she moved from silent movies into talkies. Her first talking movie was advertised to the slogan ‘Garbo Talks!’ Ha ha! Give that publicity man a cigar… Her first talking line in a movie was “Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don’t(…)
A windswept and smiling Bette Davis wearing a fur stole. Isn’t it lovely to see a photo of her looking so relaxed?
Jean Patchett looking stylishly surprised in the most ravishing red dress on the cover of Vogue January 1953.
An advert from 1958 Vogue for a black Persian Lamb fur coat designed by Elsa Schiaparelli. The model is Sunny Harnett. Couturier talent drapes a Directoire Dress Coat of ever-so-supple, high-polish, HAMMER BRAND, black-dyed, SOUTHWEST AFRICAN PERSIAN LAMB with the fashion impact of a Boeing Jet and a full blown collar daringly plunged.
I know, I know! It’s WAY to early to be posting Halloween-themed photos but I couldn’t resist. It’s a month until Halloween and I’m very excited (especially because of my Harry Potter party) so I thought I’d share this great photo of Goldie Hawn and Ruth Buzzi from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in, 1968. What are(…)
You know my feelings about real fur by now, and if you’ve somehow missed that you can read about it here. I have to remind myself though that the past was a very different place, where wearing fur was aspirational and fashionable and the ethics of it weren’t questioned at all. One thing I still(…)
If you think how fashionable (and common) smoking was in the 1950s it was pretty inevitable for Marilyn Monroe to smoke, but you very rarely seem to see photos or footage of her smoking. Here’s a photo of her lighting up with Edward R. Morrow, who I think was an American Journalist in the 50s.
Is it morally acceptable to buy and wear real fur just because it’s vintage? This is a question I’ve asked myself quite a lot recently without really coming to a conclusion. To set the record straight, I feel strongly that wearing real fur is un-acceptable. I can’t conceive of any situation where it would be(…)
The 1930s really were the golden era of cruises, everything looks so wonderfully glamorous. They always remind me of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile – all though I doubt these photos were taken in Egypt, they just don’t look warm enough! These photos were all taken onboard Cunard cruise liners during the 1930s. Sadly(…)
Marilyn Monroe looks fabulous in this costume test photo from 1954 doesn’t she? I wish I could dress like this, but I guess even in the 1950s only the most well-to-do women had hair, diamonds and furs like this so it would have been far from typical. Still, doesn’t she look wonderful? Does anyone know(…)
Isn’t this 1940s advert for Hausen Gloves beautiful? The green and maroon are just lovely together. The advert was published in May 1946.
Isn’t this the most beautiful family portrait? A photo of an Eskimo mother, father, and son, photographed in Noatak, Alaska, by Edward Sheriff Curtis circa 1929.
Coco Chanel wrapped up in a big fur coat sometime in the 1920s. The photo looks like it might have been taken at a racecourse I think…? The gentleman accompanying her is Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster.
Marlene Dietrich photographed during the 1930s. It’s nice to see a photo of her in a day outfit rather than a vampy evening dress. Her manicure would have been quite a new thing too, as nail polish was only invented in the 1930s and started with by the kind of manicure you can see here(…)