…and what better way to start than with the fifties!
Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Brigitte Bardot, Ingrid Bergman, Leslie Caron, Joan Crawford, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Peggy Lee, Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, Kim Novak, Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner, Natalie Wood…..and the list goes on. The 50s was bursting at the seams with women who were not only stunningly beautiful but impeccably dressed.
The 1950s speaks to me in a way no other decade does. Timeless cuts, flattering silhouettes and feminine lines. J’Adore!
Full circle skirts, fitted pencil skirts and A-line shapes epitomised flattering fashion. Designers who dominated the scene in the 1950s included Dior, Balenciaga, Chanel (who created her signature suit in the 1950s) and Givenchy, who designed the polished clothes Audrey Hepburn would make famous.
The 50s was filled with a lot of social change and like today, many looked to fashion as a way of expressing themselves. Although still a very conservative era, sexy became something that was understated yet prevailed in the cut of a dress or a skirt. The bodice, full hips and waist were accentuated in gorgeous pencil skirts, corseted waists and fitted dresses.
The 1950s also saw the emergence of rockabilly. Thanks to stars like Elvis, Marlon Brando and James Dean, pompadour hair, oversized blazers, leather jackets and uniform T-shirt and jeans were copied the world over.
I’m fortunate enough to have an incredibly talented seamstress for a mum who has indulged my obsession with this particular era but Australia has some great designers who pay homage to the 50s. My favourite would have to be Alannah Hill http://shop.alannahhill.com.au/ .
Review have also brought out a gorgeous range of vintage, 50s inspired pieces http://www.review-australia.com/
Personally I think every woman should have at the very least one 50s inspired piece hanging in their wardrobe – like for instance the ultimate sculpted dress cut to accentuate curves in all the right places or a form fitting pencil skirt, or both!
Hope I’ve managed to convince you to try it on for size, experiment a little and most importantly have fun with it.