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Iconic Wedding Dresses #1: Wallis Simpson (1937)

Iconic Wedding Dresses #1: Wallis Simpson (1937)

The wedding of Wallis Simpson to Edward, Duke of Windsor in 1937 was one of the most scandalous marriages of the 20th Century.  In order to marry ‘the woman I love’ who was an American 2-time divorcee and therefore seen as totally unsuitable to become Queen, King Edward VIII was forced to abdicate the throne.

Katharine Hepburn’s Costumes in The Philadelphia Story

Katharine Hepburn’s Costumes in The Philadelphia Story

Katharine Hepburn had a good start in Hollywood, moving from the stage to the big screen and getting rave reviews. However during the mid to late 1930s she had a series of flops which lost the studios a lot of money and led to her being dubbed as ‘box office poison’, which was effectively a(…)

1950s Swimwear Shoot: the Elegant and the Experimental…

1950s Swimwear Shoot: the Elegant and the Experimental…

We tend to think of 1950s swimwear as being the height of style and sophistication, and some of it WAS beautiful, but as you can tell by these photos some of the more experimental items of beachwear were more miss than hit! The giant puffy beachball look anyone?

The Can Can Dancers at the Moulin Rouge 1950s

The Can Can Dancers at the Moulin Rouge 1950s

The can-can dancers of the Moulin Rouge in Paris, probably taken some time in the 1950s judging by the hair and make-up styles.  Those flying leaps into the splits look really painful! The backstage photos showing them warming up before a performance are really interesting too, they were all so bendy!

Paris in 1963

Paris in 1963

I love this series of photos. Some of them could have been taken anywhere during the Sixties: the Mary Quant fashions and girls with their heavy eye-makeup and bouffant hair (even on the ballerinas). But then there are some uniquely Parisian photos too: the street scenes, the elderly couple snoozing in the Louve, the stamp(…)

The Best Dressed Boys of Goodwood Revival 2015

The Best Dressed Boys of Goodwood Revival 2015

As promised when I published my favourite women’s outfits from this year’s Goodwood Revival, here are my pick of the most dapper gents.  Their outfits are all 1940s, 50s or 60s themed and I think you’ll agree that they all look splendid! As always there were so many military uniforms, that I decided not to(…)

Goodwood Revival Roundup: My Best Dressed Women

Goodwood Revival Roundup: My Best Dressed Women

Sadly I couldn’t make it to Goodwood Revival this year.  It’s the first year we’ve missed it, but happily Matt Hind from Men’s File was there taking his amazing photos so I didn’t have to miss out entirely! Here are some of my favourite looks from the Goodwood Revival 2015. The fashions range from 1940s(…)

Ingrid Bergman’s Costume Fitting for Joan Of Arc

Ingrid Bergman’s Costume Fitting for Joan Of Arc

Ingrid Bergman starred in both the stage play (Joan of Lorraine and the Hollywood movie adaptation of Joan of Arc, so I’m not sure which this is the costume for.  The photographs were captioned as being for Joan of Lorraine, but if you look at the suit of armor she wore in the movie (the(…)

Fashion Snapshots: 1928

Fashion Snapshots: 1928

1928 was an interesting turning point in 1920s fashion. The boyish figure of the mid 1920s was starting to become more feminine again with female curves starting to re-emerge from androgyny.  The tubular flattening underwear of earlier in the decade was becoming more forgiving (or at least more womanly in shape), and once again women(…)

Queen Elizabeth II in the 1930s, 40s and 50s

Queen Elizabeth II in the 1930s, 40s and 50s

Tomorrow Queen Elizabeth II overtakes Queen Victoria as the longest serving monarch in British History.  I was born in the 1970s so she’s always seemed very much an older woman to me, so I thought it might be nice to see some photos of her as a young woman. I particularly love the photos of(…)

Far From The Madding Crowd: The Costumes

Far From The Madding Crowd: The Costumes

If I had to make a movie of a Thomas Hardy novel,I would definitely choose ‘Far From the Madding Crowd‘, especially since I had to study ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles‘ at school and it was incredibly depressing.  Luckily for me, I don’t have to make the movie myself to enjoy a good slice of on-screen(…)

London in 1941

London in 1941

London was a very different city in 1941. Alongside the landmarks we all recognize there were clear signs of the Blitz and the toll that war was taking on the city. From schools, to Trafalgar Square to bomb shelters and shop fronts, these photos give you an insight into the way London had to change(…)

Let’s Dance!

Let’s Dance!

The forecast heatwave seems to have arrived in full force today and it’s far too hot to actually dance, so here are some vintage photos of people dancing their socks off to keep us all entertained. Thinking about doing exercise is almost as good as doing it, right? Oh, and I’d like to know your(…)

Lost Films: Salome (1918)

Lost Films: Salome (1918)

A shocking 90% of American films made before 1929 have been lost forever. Why? There seem to be two main reasons: A huge number of films were destroyed intentionally, especially silent movies as they were perceived to have no value once talkies became popular.  As well as this frustrating destruction many movies were filmed on(…)

Divine Provenance

Divine Provenance

Have you heard the amazing story of this vintage 1950s wedding dress?  It was anonymously donated to the charity St. Gemma’s Hospice (who are based in Yorkshire, UK) with the following note pinned to it: “I wish any lady who takes this dress to have a life with her loved one 56 years like I(…)

What 1930 Looked Like in the Movies

What 1930 Looked Like in the Movies

1930 bridged the gap between the decadent 1920s and the introduction and enforcement of the Hayes Motion Picture Code which cracked down on immorality, nudity and general fun at the movies*. Here are some of the films released in this year. They range from the sublime to the ridiculous and from racy to glamorous not(…)

Famous Ladies Who Have Joined the Corset Craze

Famous Ladies Who Have Joined the Corset Craze

If 2014 was primarily the “Year of the Selfie” (see: just about every showbiz article written that year), it was also the “Year of the Celebrity Corset-Wearer”. Indeed, in some instances, the two came together, with several famous women posing for selfies while wearing corsets (more on that later). But just why are corsets enjoying(…)

Snapshot: Paris in 1926

Snapshot: Paris in 1926

I love the idea of collating images which give a real flavour of what a place was like at a point in time. All of the photos below were taken in Paris in 1926. They range from Josephine Baker dancing at the Folies-Bergère, to photos of buildings, shop windows, fashions and bridges along with some(…)