So you think Cara Delevingne invented the bold brow? Think again! As with most fashion trends, it’s all been done before. And as with most things Audrey Hepburn did it better. Here are five Hollywood stars from the 1940s and 50s who rocked the statement brow trend the first time around! Of course, the 1940s(…)
Great Feuds from Classic Hollywood #1: Bette Davis vs Joan Crawford
“The best time I ever had with Joan was when I pushed her down some stairs in Whatever happened to Baby Jane.” So said Bette Davis about her rival and sparring partner Joan Crawford. The mutual dislike between Davis and Crawford is the stuff of Hollywood legend, but how did it come about? Ironically two(…)
Hollywood Heart Throbs of the Silent Era: John Gilbert
John Gilbert ‘The Great Lover’ was one of the few stars of the silent movie era who could rival Rudolph Valentino, and you can see why, handsome devil wasn’t he? Like Valentino his life ended tragically young (although not quite as young as Valentino) aged just 38. During this time he made in excess of(…)
Whatever Happened to the WAMPAS Baby Stars?
What on earth were the WAMPAS Baby Stars you might well ask? Well, if you lived in 1920s and 30s America you would have been very much aware of this campaign. It was run by the United States Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers (WAMPAS) who picked a lucky group of young actresses every year(…)
Young Joan Crawford Topless
Continuing on the theme from yesterday with Hollywood stars before they were famous, here’s a very young and rather risqué photo of Joan Crawford back in her flapper days. Totally different to her later on-screen image isn’t it! Image source and copyright: Some rights reserved
Vintage Style Icons: Adrian – MGM’s Costume Designer Extraordinaire
Adrian Adolph Greenberg, better known as just ‘Adrian’ was one of the most amazing costume designers ever seen in Hollywood. He was MGM’s head costume designer from 1928 and 1941 and designed the costumes for over 250 movies during the 1930s and 40s. Remember Dorothy’s iconic glittering ruby slippers in the Wizard of Oz? Well(…)
Who is Googling This Stuff?!
The internet can be a pretty unforgiving place, but when the top search for Marilyn Monroe is ‘Marilyn Monroe is a hoe‘ I really have to wonder who is Googling this stuff?! I frequently search for the height of various celebrities, which admittedly is a bit of an obsession of mine (so much so that(…)
Top 25 Greatest Female Screen Legends
Some time ago the AFI (that’s the American Film Institute) released a list of the top 50 greatest screen legends from the Classic Hollywood era: 25 male and 25 female stars. I’m not sure exactly what their criteria were for reaching the top spot, but they classified a screen legend as an actor or actress:(…)
What’s in a name?
Quite a lot if we believe the Hollywood Studios of the 30s and 40s! There were only a handful of Classic Hollywood stars who kept their own names, including Jane Russell, Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Grace Kelly. The majority of actors and actresses had their identities completely re-written. How many of these 20(…)
Joan Crawford wearing a LOT of makeup, 1930
I love all the early photos of Joan Crawford from the 1920s and early 1930s. They’re so different from the severe studio shots from the late 30s and 1940s and she looks like a completely different person. This photo was taken in 1930.
Joan Crawford, 1920s
A striking photo of Joan Crawford in the 1920s. I love the way the silhouette and shadows really add to the composition of this picture. Isn’t it stunning?
Joan Crawford wearing a cloche hat, 1920s
A young Joan Crawford wearing a cloche hat and some very austere makeup from, 1927. I love her embroidered collar and the brooch pinned to her hat…
Joan Crawford flashing her legs, 1930s
Joan Crawford flashing her legs whilst dancing and gazing seductively at the camera in this 1930s publicity photo.
Joan Crawford 1920s
Joan Crawford looking very different to her 1930s and 40s screen image. This photo dates from 1927.She was signed to MGM in 1925 and just received small flapper roles until she managed to promote herself into more prominent roles.
The gruesome truth behind Hollywood’s most famous smiles
It’s no secret that A-list celebrities frequently turn to cosmetic dentistry to straighten, fix and brighten their teeth to achieve the megawatt smiles we’re used to seeing. During the golden age of Hollywood, however, many stars went further than a little tooth-whitening to maintain their icon status. Some of the stars were hiding painful secrets(…)
Vintage Look Book: Joan Crawford 1930s
I’m starting to develop a real love of 1930s fashion, which perhaps took a bit longer than other decades, just because there hasn’t really been a 30s revival in the same way that we’ve seen with the 20, 50s and 60s (or if there was it passed me by). What do you think of my(…)
Vintage Look Book: Modern Flapper
The party season is the perfect time to dress up and have some fun, so embrace your inner flapper with a modern take on 20s flapper style. What do you think of this outfit? Clockwise from top left: Sportmax SPMAX-D-DIEGO dresses YELLOW Serpentine Black & Gold Gecko Bangle by Fiorelli Jewellery RUPERT SANDERSON lintie mary(…)