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Eliza

Eliza

My Fair Lady is the first movie I remember seeing at a cinema. I have always loved the extravagant gowns designed by Cecil Beaton, this one was inspired by Audrey’s dress at the Ambassador’s Ball: empire line with a beautiful beaded net overlay. Another gown designed out of its time, it is not strictly an […]

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Sabrina

Inspired by the beautiful gown Audrey wears to a party in Sabrina, designed by Givenchy whose costumes were award the Oscar for that year. The design was tight, long and sleek to emphasize and mimic Audrey’s shape. She was extremely tall for her generation (5’7″) and always wore flat shoes to compensate for the leading […]

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Fashion Icon

Audrey Hepburn was and still is an icon of style and good taste. I chose two dresses that Audrey made famous as inspiration, the first an Oscar winning gown from the movie Sabrina designed by Hubert du Givenchy and surrounded by controversay. Although at Audrey’s request Givernchy designed all of her wardrobe for the movie, […]

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Gilda

The most famous image of Gilda, wearing a dark strapless dress, whilst performing the first onscreenstrip tease act, albeit that she only took off one glove. This dress was the talk of Hollywood regarding the construction, how did it stay up? When asked Rita replied, “With two of my best assets.” Designed by Jean Louis […]

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Rita

Rita

Gilda sings at a night club in Monte Negro with an exposed prefect midriff and a slit to display her dancer’s legs. She has escaped from Argentina but is tricked into returning where Glenn Ford wreaks revenge for his perceived wrongs. Detailed with Egyptian motifs that proved very popular in the late 1940s. Cairo and […]

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Screen Siren

During the shortages of World War 2, clothing was restricted to conserve materials and resources. The Limitation orders eliminated cuffs and pockets, narrowed and shortened skirts, narrowed belts and streamlined fashion. The war years look was no nonsense, no frills and no fun! After this period of “make do and make over” masculine looking fashion, […]

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Ardeco

Designed using the strong “streamlined” influence of the Art Deco period, epitomized by the plunging back line, detailed bodice work and long flowing skirt usually cut on the bias. This gave the skirt fullness and the effect of slinking when you walked. Felt batts and tissue chiffon silk. Hand painted bodice detail.       […]

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Bebe Baby

Bebe Baby

A representation of the gown Bebe Daniels wore in the opening scene of 42nd Street, designed by Orry Kelly. This gown’s fabulous collar with extended shoulders is a classic example of the space look that was just starting to develop, with Flash Gordon being a popular comic and then “film serial” of the time. Felt […]

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Art Deco Period

Art Deco is generally defined as the period of design between the world wars. This varies from place to place as the world was much bigger in those days and trends were slower to spread than they are today. For example, Art Deco buildings, often known as P&O buildings here, were still being built well […]

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Some like it hot

Inspired by an Orry Kelly gown designed for Marilyn Monroe who was very unlike a flapper in silhouette (in fact she fluctuated between a size 14 and size 16), but was playing a woman musician in the movie “Some like it hot” set in 1929. His compromise was a fairly straight cut shift with sheer, […]

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