When I hear the term “movie star” I always think of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Lena Horne or Marlene Dietrich. While I know that some of these ladies are from different time periods, I feel they all epitomize one thing, glamour. While researching Bollywood topics for this post, I came upon a certain time in the Bollywood’s industry history that I never had heard of before, the Golden Era of Bollywood. What inspired me from this time were the leading actresses; they were the definition of chic. Actresses like Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Nargis, and Devika Rani balanced costuming from both Western and Indian influence. Even with their makeup, they would wear French-inspired cat-eye eyeliner with colorful, bright saris. These women served as a great reminder to Western viewers that Hollywood was not the only place that made glamorous movies; even today Bollywood is still a driving force for beauty and fashion inspiration.
Here is only a small taste of the fabulous actresses that starred in Bollywood’s Golden Era. Comment below if there are any other glamorous ladies you admire that I did forgot to mention.
Often considered “The First Lady of Bollywood”
An iconic figure in Hindi cinema, a popular figure who’s life was cut too short.
Often known as the “Tragedy Queen” for both her film roles and her off-screen life.
This former child star/philanthropist has been dubbed by many sources as “the greatest actress of all time.”
An versatile actress who has mastered both mainstream and arthouse roles.
This week’s post is going to stray from my normal habit of screen caps and photos to a post all about videos, YouTube videos. As a historical fashion fanatic, I’m always looking for information that helps me better understand what clothing of the past looked, fit, and moved like. Lately, I’ve been watching tons of newsreel-style fashion videos on YouTube, and I’ve discovered that they can be really great research tools. Here are some of my favorites in chronological order:
In present times, fashion has embraced technology and created a genre that I feel is only getting started, fashion films. These films are usually shorts with no dialogue that focus on a designer’s collection or a certain look/feeling. These films differ to what we’ve seen before in that they bring in not only fashion, but artistic and film aspects. A great resource for fashion films and even a fashion film festival is a shadedviewonfashionfilm.com, which solely focuses on short films inspired by fashion. Here is my all-time favorite fashion film, “Are You Also Wistful?” which was a 2010 contest winner for A Shaded View on Fashion Film. Enjoy!
In honor of Valentine’s Day I have chose the beautiful, yet tragic 1968 Franco Zeffirelli’s version of Romeo and Juliet. This is my favorite film version of Shakespeare’s tale of young, forbidden love, because everything in the film is absolutely beautiful. From the bejeweled hair-coverings down to the parti-color hose; the costumes and accessories are very bold and historically appropriate. Many of the costumes consist of rich, brightly colored velvets accessorized with gold, statement jewelry. These costumes show the wealth of both Romeo and Juliet’s families, which in turn helps the viewer understand the social and financial difficulties the couple faced.
Here are some of my screencaps from the film:
Even though these costumes are designed for medieval times, modern fashion still pulls inspiration from this era. Recently, bright velvets have been all the rage, especially for the Fall and Winter. This would be a great way to brighten up your wardrobe, especially during this dull, grey OU winter. Another way to brighten up your wardrobe inspired by this film is gold, statement worthy jewelry. Highly embellished, multicolored jewelry is such a great way to spice up an otherwise plain outfit, especially if your on a tight budget.
Here are some of my favorite modern looks that remind me of this great film:
Would any of you rock velvet in the winter, or should it be banished to the Dark Ages?
Today’s post is about the Roman Polanski movie “Chinatown,” a 1974 mystery drama set in Los Angeles during the 1930’s. While watching this movie, I couldn’t stop obsessing over the makeup on Faye Dunaway’s character Evelyn Mulwray. Her look is the definition of 1930’s glam; thin drawn-on eyebrows, bright red lipstick, with finger-waves framing the face. This look describes to the viewers what type of person Evelyn Mulwray is; a rich, beautiful woman with a lot of drama.
I also want to mention Evelyn’s accessories, especially her hats. In today’s time we only see headwear outside during winter, more or less for functional use. Evelyn’s ensembles are the total opposite of that, they speak to us. They enhance her look rather than hiding from the elements.
This look may not be a hundred percent wearable today, but some these elements alone, like the bright red lipstick, the waved hair or a fascinator, could totally spice up an evening outfit.
What do you think of this look? Do you think we should forget it, it’s Chinatown? (Kudos to those who get the reference)