Friday, July 31, 2009

May Britt

Beautiful blonde European star May Britt in black undies stockings seams heels 1950s
May Britt in black undies stockings seams heels 1950s
May Britt, as she was renamed professionally, immediately moved to Rome. As expected, she made her movie debut as the leading actress in Jolanda, the Daughter of the Black Corsair (1952). In the following years she worked in some ten Cinecittà productions. She also featured in the epic War and Peace film of 1956.
In the late 1950s, Britt relocated to Hollywood after signing with 20th Century Fox. She starred in a few movies, including The Young Lions with Marlon Brando and Murder, Inc. with Peter Falk, as well as a much-criticized remake of The Blue Angel in the legendary role first created by Marlene Dietrich in 1930.

50’s and 60’s sexy ladies

Antique corset

Antique photo corset and stockings colorized

Antique photo corset and stockings colorized

Contrary to popular myth, the corset was not as restrictive as is generally believed. Vain women tended to wear corsets tighter than necessary and buy corsets with smaller waists, but most women, although they purchased an 18 or 20 inch waisted corset left a gap at the back closure to accommodate a more realistic 22-26 inch waist measurements. On average that would mean a corset reduced the figure by only an inch or two at most. Stories about women with broken ribs, having ribs removed, and causing fatal injury to themselves through tight lacing are greatly exaggerated and apocryphal.

Lingerie Girdle 1950s

Lingerie Girdle introduced by Christion Dior to go with the new tight form fitting sheath dresse

Lingerie Girdle introduced by Christion Dior to go with the new tight form fitting sheath dresse

Glamour girl, opera gloves and red rose, gold jewelry and makeup...

1950s legs

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

1920s fashion of Hollywood stars

1940s American fashion show
30s Fashion show in Austria
Retro UK fashion
20s Hollywood fashions

Vintage fashion shows and photoshoots from the late 1920s to the 1940s.

Diana Vreeland

Diana Vreeland (July 29, 1903 in Paris, France – August 22, 1989) was a noted columnist and editor in the field of fashion.

She was born Diana Dalziel (pronounced Dee-ell), the eldest daughter of a British father, Frederick Young Dalziel and an American mother, Emily Key Hoffman, a socialite who was a descendant of George Washington's brother as well as a cousin of Francis Scott Key. Vreeland had one sister, Alexandra. She also was a distant cousin of Pauline de Rothschild.

Diana to the family emigrated to the United States at the outbreak of World War I, and moved to 15 East 77th Street in New York, where they became prominent figures in society.

On January 24, 1923 issue of the Ohio newspaper Lima News, "featured an illustration of Diana with the caption," Diana Dalziel, one of the young New York provides social prominent members, is the bearer of this magnificent and exceptionally beautiful recapitulation. Brocaded velvet, fur trimmed, and with strings of gold, clothing makes it ideal for the accompaniment of black velvet beneath the gown. His peculiar court emphasizes the owner of the slenderness, and rich colors outside his dark beauty. "This appears to be the first national company of the publication of his picture.

On March 1, 1924, she married Thomas Reed Vreeland, a banker, in the Church of St. Thomas in New York, with whom he has two sons: Thomas Reed Vreeland, Jr., and Frederick Vreeland Dalziel. A week before his wedding, it was reported in The New York Times that his mother, Emily, has been named correspondent in a divorce proceeding Sir Charles Ross and his second wife, Lady Patricia. The ensuing unfortunately, the time of society alienated scandal Diana and her mother. Emily died in September 1928 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Diana Vreeland is interviewed in her New York apartment in 1980.

After their honeymoon, the newlyweds moved to Albany, New York and raised their two sons, Frederick (later ambassador to Morocco USA) and Thomas, Jr., remaining there until 1929. He then moved to 17 Hanover Terrace, Regent's Park, London, formerly the home of Wilkie Collins and Edmund Gosse. During his stay in London, she danced with the Tiller Girls. Like Syrie Maugham and Elsie de Wolfe, another society women who ran their own stores, lingerie Diana operated a business near Berkeley Square, whose clients include Wallis Simpson and Mona Williams. While living in London, lived a life of luxury. He enjoyed playing tennis with Gertrude Lawrence, in Regent's Park every morning.

Often visited Paris, where they buy their clothes, mostly from Chanel, whom he met in 1926. He was one of 15 American women presented to King George V and Queen Mary at Buckingham Palace on May 18, 1933.

Also locked friendship with the photographer Cecil Beaton, composer Cole Porter, Tacoronte comtemporary art critic, artist Christian Berard, and the writer Evelyn Waugh. Waugh after the counting of "adored his books. I mean Vile, was not it great bodies? It was written about a whole society that existed in London wonderful wonderful looking fellas and girls, some of them grew up to be somebody , Some of them simply do not, but at that time they were just wonderful. It was so crazy, they were rather wild crazy, and that can only be English. That is the one that came in London, which has existed since 1927 De guess from 1928 until around 1935 -- and then it is much more beautiful. "

In 1937, her husband, the work carried back to New York, where he lived for the rest of their lives. He died in 1967.

It has been written that the shoes never touched the pavement and she (and her husband) had all his shoes specially designed in Budapest, "where they make the best shoes." Her husband had a butler employed to break into his shoes until the butter felt like the first time you wore. It also alleges that have been in his office at Vogue magazine, and to hear the joy, joy, joy of some young office of the secretary of the high heels on the floor, someone asked what the noise was. When told that there was a woman in heels, she replied: "Fire it. I will not tolerate that kind of distraction. "

Bikini annees 60

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sixties Star - Twiggy !

60s supermodel Twiggy Lawson!
Sixties Star - Twiggy !

Nigel Daves noticed Twiggy Lawson in 1966. She is currently working in a hairdressing salon. She was very young. At 16, she weighed 41 kg . By following the advice of Nigel Daves, she chose to take to his nickname childhood nickname, Twiggy ( "twig"). She landed in New York in March 1967. Due to be associated with the creations of Mary Quant, Twiggy became very quickly known in the fashion world and a symbol of Swinging London. So at that time the trend was for dummies fleshy with haircuts women's classic Twiggy look was androgynous.

After many years of modelling, Twiggy retired, claiming "You can't be a clothes hanger for your entire life!" She embarked on an award-winning acting and singing career, including Ken Russell's 1971 film version of Sandy Wilson's musical, The Boy Friend, for which she won two Golden Globe Awards. Since then she has played a variety of roles on stage and screen, including My One and Only and as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, opposite Robert Powell, in a 1981 television production. In 1976, Twiggy signed to Mercury records and released the albums Twiggy and Please Get My Name Right, discs that contained both pop and country tunes. Twiggy sold very well, peaking on the UK charts at no.33, and gave Twiggy a silver disc for good sales. The album contains Twiggy's top twenty hit single, "Here I Go Again" and "Please Get My Name Right" made it to no.35 in 1977.

Monday, July 27, 2009

First Mexican Hollywood Movie Star - Dolores Del Rio

She was a star of Hollywood films during the silent era and in the Golden Age of Hollywood, becoming an important actress in Mexican films later in her life. She was generally thought to be one of the most beautiful actresses of her generation. Dolores del Río was the first Latin American movie star with international appeal, and she made an extraordinary career in 1920s and 1930s Hollywood. wiki
With the surname of her husband, del Río made her debut in the film Joanna, directed by Carewe in 1925 and released on 14 December of that year. Hollywood first noticed her appeal as a sex siren, but she struggled against the "Mexicali Rose" image initially pitched to her by Hollywood executives. Despite her brief appearance, Carewe performed an exhaustive publicity for the actress. In her second film High Steppers, Del Rio took the second female credit after Mary Astor. These films were not blockbusters, but helped increase del Río's popularity. Carewe's true intention was to transform her into a female version of Rudolph Valentino.

Since the late thirties, Dolores del Río was sought on several occasions by the Mexican film directors. She was friends with noted Mexican artists, such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and maintained ties with Mexican society and cinema. After breaking off her relationship with Orson Welles, del Río decided to try her luck in Mexico, disappointed by the "American star system". Mexican director Emilio Fernández asked her to star in Flor Silvestre (1942) and the miracle happened: at 37, Dolores del Río became the most famous movie star in her country, filming in the Spanish language for the first time.

Dolores del Río and Joel McCrea in the sequence where the tropical princess Dolores del Rio dances shaking her hips, while Joel McCrea tries to rescue her from a mad tribesman ogling her from the sidelines.

Gia Scala

She studied acting at night and made appearances on some radio shows and television quiz shows. At the end of 1954 an agent had her tested for the role of Mary Magdalene in a movie which was to be made called The Gallileans. She did not get the part but was signed to contracts by both Universal Studios and Columbia Pictures in Hollywood. Using the stage name "Gia Scala", she made her motion picture debut in 1955. wiki

The tall, green-eyed brunette received wide recognition for her performance as the mute, mysterious Greek resistance figher "Anna" in the 1961 film The Guns of Navarone, which starred Gregory Peck. Miss Scala's successful career began to deteriorate as a result of a growing alcohol dependency and she was eventually let go from her studio contract. Her marriage to stockbroker Donald Burnett ended in divorce.

Scala made frequent appearances on American television shows during the 1960s. Shows in which she appeared include Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1960-1961), Convoy, The Rogues, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Twelve O'Clock High (1965), Tarzan (NBC series) (1967), and It Takes a Thief (1969).

Monday, July 20, 2009

1960s Swinging London

This is 60's Fashion scene.Mary Quant and mini skirts and PVC coats.

Other many styles of Fashion.made from original old tv film.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Ziegfeld Girl

Set in the 1920s, the film tells the parallel stories of three women who become performers in the renown Broadway show the Ziegfeld Follies.

It was intended to be a 1938 sequel to the 1936 hit The Great Ziegfeld, and even recycled some footage from the earlier film.

Glamorous 'Sweater Girl'

She reached the height of her fame in the 1940s and 1950s. During World War II, Turner became a popular pin-up girl due to her popularity in such films such as Ziegfeld Girl, Johnny Eager, and four films with MGM's "king of the lot," Clark Gable . Lana even had a B-17—the Tempest Turner—named after her.[5] After the war, Turner's career continued successfully with the release, in 1946, of The Postman Always Rings Twice, which co-starred John Garfield.. The now-classic film noir marked a turning point in her career. Reviews of the film, and in particular, Lana's performance, were glowing. While not exactly giving up her pin-up credentials, Lana established herself as a skilled actress.

During the 1950s, Turner starred in a series of films that failed to succeed at the box office, a situation MGM attempted to remedy by casting her in musicals. The first, Mr. Imperium, was a flop, while The Merry Widow was more successful.

She gave a widely praised performance in Vincente Minnelli's 1952 film, The Bad and the Beautiful, and later starred with John Wayne in the adventure film The Sea Chase. She was then cast in the epic The Prodigal, but the film and her performance in general were not well received. wiki

Vintage corset lingerie

Monday, July 6, 2009

1940s stockings

40s popular option was to apply makeup to the leg, a tedious procedure that could include painting a black line up the back of the leg to complete the illusion.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Josephine Baker - The First Black Superstar

Baker was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer.

She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States , for assisting the French Resistance during World War II and being the first American-born woman to receive the French military honor, the Croix de Guerre.

Josephine Baker Danse Sauvage

Olympia 1968

retro moda

Nancy Sinatra

In the late 1950s Sinatra began to study music, dancing, and voice at the University of California in Los Angeles. She dropped out after a year, and made her professional debut in 1960 on her father's television special with Elvis Presley, home from the army. Nancy was sent to the airport on behalf of her father to welcome Elvis when his plane landed. On the special, Nancy and her father danced and sang a duet, "You Make Me Feel So Young/Old". That same year she began a five-year marriage to Tommy Sands.

These Boots Are Made For Walking (1966)

Nancy Sinatra began her career as a singer and actress in the early 1960s, but initially achieved success only in Europe and Japan. Then she had a transatlantic number-one pop with "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", which showed her provocative but good-natured style, and which popularized and made her synonymous with go-go boots. The promo clip featured a big-haired Sinatra and six young women in tight tops, go-go boots and mini-skirts, and is considered[by whom?] a classic example of high camp. The song was written by Lee Hazlewood, who wrote and produced most of her hits and sang with her on several duets, including "Some Velvet Morning". In 1966 and 1967, Sinatra charted with 13 titles, all of which featured Billy Strange as arranger and conductor.

In 1967 she paired with her father for her second number-one single, "Somethin' Stupid". She also co-starred with Elvis Presley in the movie Speedway.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Sally Rand

She continued to appear on stage doing her fan dance into her sixties. Rand once replaced an ill Ann Corio in the stage show This Was Burlesque during the 1960s. Rand appeared at the Mitchell Brothers in San Francisco in the early 1970s. Later, would appear Tempest Storm and Blaze Starr.

Sally Rand dances

New Burlesque

A new generation nostalgic for the spectacle and perceived glamour of the old times determined to bring burlesque back. This revival was pioneered independently in the mid 1990s by Billie Madley "Cinema" and Ami Goodheart's "Dutch Weismanns' Follies" revue in New York and Michelle Carr's "The Velvet Hammer Burlesque" troupe in Los Angeles. In addition, and throughout the country, many individual performers were incorporating aspects of burlesque in their acts. These productions, inspired by the likes of Sally Rand, Tempest Storm, Gypsy Rose Lee, Dixie Evans and Lily St. Cyr have themselves gone on to inspire a new generation of performers.

Today New Burlesque has taken many forms, but all have the common trait of honoring one or more of burlesque's previous incarnations, with acts including striptease, expensive costumes, bawdy humor, cabaret and more. There are modern burlesque performers and shows all over the world, and annual conventions such as Tease-O-Rama, New York Burlesque Festival, The Great Boston Burlesque Exposition, and the Miss Exotic World Pageant.

Today's Burlesque revival has found homes throughout the United States and the world, with the largest communities located on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. On the East Coast, New York City boasts the largest community (where select nightlife venues have been inspired by the trend—several notable troops and venues include The Slipper Room, Le Scandal Cabaret, Pinchbottom Burlesque, Starshine Burlesque, Wasabassco burlesque, and, during the summer, Coney Island's Burlesque at the Beach); in Greensboro, NC, burlesque revival performances by Foxy Moxy and her "Cabaret Risque" troupe have been incorporated into the Greensboro Fringe Theater Festival; in the Pacific Northwest, the Burlesque scene is centered in Seattle—home of Miss Indigo Blue, Miss Trixie Lane—The Queen of Shame, Miss Kitty Baby, Ravenna Black, Paula the Swedish Housewife, Vienna Le Rouge, The Atomic Bombshells, Burning Hearts, The Von Foxies, Glitzkrieg Burlesque, and Sinner Saint Burlesque, to name a few; in California, the largest communities reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, home of the largest monthly burlesque and variety show (the Hubba Hubba Revue), and Los Angeles.

There are also thriving Burlesque scenes in Canada, the UK, France (Rendez-Vous Van Paris) and Japan. SPAG Burlesque was voted best Detroit based burlesque show by Real Detroit Magazine in 2009. wiki

Dita von Teese - Queen of Burlesque

It was during this time at the strip club that she began some glamour modeling, before she eventually became a fetish model. Her retro pin-up look, frequently emulating Bettie Page in photo shoots, set her apart from most other fetish models.

Von Teese was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002, with a cover-featured pictorial in 2002. Dita says that it is her appearances in Playboy that finally won her father's respect for her profession.

Fifties pin up look

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Betty Grable

Images of the famous 'Pin-up Girl'

As the 1930's ended, after small parts in over 50 Hollywood movies throughout the 1930s – Grable finally gained national attention on stage for her role in the Cole Porter Broadway hit Du Barry Was a Lady (1939).

Grable's later career was marked by feuds with studio heads. At one point, in the middle of a fight with Zanuck, she tore up her contract and stormed out of his office. By 1953, Zanuck was grooming Marilyn Monroe to replace Grable as the Fox's resident sex symbol. Far from feeling threatened, on the set of How to Marry a Millionaire Grable famously said to Monroe, "go and get yours, honey! I've had mine".