One of my all time favorite classic films is You Were Never Lovelier (1942) starring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth. It has everything I love in a movie-music, dancing, comedy, romance AND glamorous fashions! The costumes were designed by none other than Irene Lentz, the legendary Hollywood designer. And though I’ve seen this movie at least four times, I never tire of watching it, especially for the exquisite gowns Ms. Hayworth wears. Beautiful evening dresses with full, flowing chiffon skirts, lace overlays, appliques, sequins and illusion netting. Watching her artfully glide across the dance floor in these stunning creations never ceases to put a smile on my face!
So when I began to source some new evening gown styles for the website I had these dresses on my mind. They are so romantic that I wanted to find styles that reminded me of that Old Hollywood feminine elegance of the 1940s that Rita Hayworth captured so well in the film.
Here are some publicity photos from the movie to illustrate the types of gowns Ms. Hayworth wore. Notice she is well covered, but there is always a little teasing hint of sheerness, a bare shoulder or back, a titillating glimpse of skin, making for a very sexy, yet still very classy look. These outfits certainly prove you don’t have to bare everything to look sensual and womanly.
So after some extensive searching I came up with this lovely selection of gowns below. They’ve definitely got that classic glamour vibe that I so admire and think any of them would make you the star at any formal event, such as a prom or wedding. An occasion where “you were never lovelier” , just like Rita!
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1. Dusty pink chiffon gown with silver embroidery, sequins and rhinestones.
2. Black chiffon gown with sequined lace overlaying a champagne satin bodice, black satin corset style waistband with rhinestone jewel accent.
3. Elegant black gown with a full, silky skirt, mesh bodice covered in sequined, beaded lace appliques.
4. Strapless sweetheart bodice gown with gold embroidered design, rhinestones and beading, black chiffon over champagne full skirt.
Have a glamorous day!