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10 things you didn’t know about Marilyn Monroe

10 things you didn’t know about Marilyn Monroe

I say ‘10 things you didn’t know about Marilyn Monroe‘ but obviously I have no idea how much of a Marilyn expert you are, so I guess these are really 10 things I didn’t know about Marilyn Monroe! Let me know if they’re all news to you too – I was amazed by some of(…)

1950s Models and their Measurements

1950s Models and their Measurements

After the interest in Marilyn Monroe’s measurements (and the debate about whether she was really a size 16) I thought it would be interesting to look at the measurements of some of the supermodels of the 1950s and see how they compared. I assumed models of the fifties would all be very much the same(…)

Vintage clothing styles: The cupcake dress

Vintage clothing styles: The cupcake dress

What is a cupcake dress? A cupcake dress is a very glamorous 1950s gown which had a tiny waist and a large voluminous skirt resembling a ballerina’s tutu. The skirt was usually made from tulle and often decorated with beading and trim. Think of a big frothy wedding dress or those Barbie cakes you get(…)

Vintage clothing styles: The wiggle dress

Vintage clothing styles: The wiggle dress

What is a wiggle dress? You hear the term wiggle dress used a lot at the moment, especially since Mad Men became popular, and often it’s applied to something which is nothing like an actual wiggle dress! A proper wiggle dress is a fitted dress meant to exaggerate an hourglass figure  and which is narrower(…)

Vintage living: creating a vintage 1920s and ’30s look in your home

Vintage living: creating a vintage 1920s and ’30s look in your home

For several years, now, whenever people think of vintage or retro décor, chances are they’re thinking 1950s, ’60s and ‘70s. Typically, these are the styles – from ’50s polka dots and jukeboxes to ’70s chintz – that have been best catered for by both contemporary designers and shops and markets selling vintage furniture, but all(…)

Mata Hari: from erotic dance to espionage

Mata Hari: from erotic dance to espionage

Paris, February 1917. Europe is at war, with England, France and Russia fighting against Germany, Austro-Hungary and Turkey. At the Hotel Elysee Palace on the Champs Elysee, authorities have arrested a 40-year-old woman and charged her with espionage. This woman is famous, a celebrity, known across the continent for her exotic burlesque performances, and her(…)

Hitchcock’s blondes: 6 of the best

Hitchcock’s blondes: 6 of the best

Hitchcock’s preference for sophisticated icy blondes is well-known. He claimed that audiences would be suspicious of brunettes, but I think this quote shows a truer insight into his cinematic genius: Blondes are blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints My favourite Hitchcock blonde has always been Grace(…)

5 risk-free ways to go vintage

5 risk-free ways to go vintage

Do you yearn to embrace vintage fashion but don’t quite know where to start? Or find the whole idea of changing your image a bit daunting? So did I to begin with, after all sticking with jeans and a t-shirt is the easy option… But here are 5 easy ways to add a touch of(…)

The pin up girl – 7 of the best

The pin up girl – 7 of the best

Pin up girls or cheesecake models have been popular since the early 20th century – here are my pick of my favourites and the most influential. Betty Grable Betty Grable was one of the most popular pin up girls during WW2. Famed for having the best legs in Hollywood her pin up photos were a(…)

Waist Training: a Visual History of Corsetry

Waist Training: a Visual History of Corsetry

I found myself wondering the other day about waist training and just how corsets and girdles have shaped women and fashions over the last century. The fashion for different body types has definitely changed with the decades, but what underwear was needed to help women achieve this? I hope we’re getting to an age where(…)

The 10 most iconic dresses

The 10 most iconic dresses

It’s hard to define an iconic dress – it has to be instantly recognizable:  Where was it worn and by whom?  For example: ‘Remember that Swan dress that Bjork wore to the Oscars?’ A lot of the most famous dresses are widely available as fancy dress outfits too – and for good reason. Doesn’t everyone(…)

The 10 best pin up dresses

These are my 10 favourite pin up dresses! Whether you wear Rockabilly-style with tatoos and lots of attitude or cute and sexy with just a slick of red lipstick. I love all ten of these dresses. If I had to choose though think I would pick the With Only a Wink Dress. What do you(…)

Vintage Style Icons: Barbie

Vintage Style Icons: Barbie

Barbie has been a fashion icon for girls (both young and old) since the late 1950s. What would be a more perfect way of celebrating vintage style than through Andi (of Andi B. Goode)’s collection of fabulous vintage Barbies! Which is your favourite? Hi We Heart Vintage readers – I’m Andi (of Andi B. Goode)(…)

Cleopatra: Taylor, Burton & the $44 Million Scandale

Cleopatra: Taylor, Burton & the $44 Million Scandale

When Elizabeth Taylor came to the end of her studio contract in 1961 she was free to finally choose her roles and command her own price. And that’s exactly what she did when she demanded the huge sum of $1 million to play the title role in Cleopatra. Cleopatra started as a small budget-movie which(…)

My fantasy interview: all about Marilyn Monroe in her own words

There’s been a bit of a Marilyn Monroe theme to my blog this week – which wasn’t planned, it just sort of snowballed. Anyway, it’s turned into an unplanned celebration of Marilyn which is appropriate as today is the 50th anniversary of her death on August 5th 1962. I’m not sure that’s really something to(…)

Vintage bathing suits

I’m a huge fan of vintage swimwear (sooo much more appealing than a string bikini *shudder*) and I’m delighted to welcome Julia of Jeeze Julia who’s agreed to do a guest post for me and share two of her grandmother’s beautiful vintage bathing suits, enjoy! When you’re a lake girl, you collect a lot of(…)

How did 1950s models get such tiny waists? The low down on waist training

How did 1950s models get such tiny waists? The low down on waist training

I’ve often marvelled at the different body shapes which have been in fashion over the decades: from the skinny boyish figure of the 1920s and 1960s to the fabulous hourglass figures of the 1950s. It also got me wondering why people don’t look like that today. Above: 1950s model and pinup Betty Brosmer. Image courtesy(…)