Today marks the anniversary of Ingrid Bergman’s birth and death. She was born in Sweden on August 29, 1915 and passed away 67 years – to the day – after a battle with cancer. During that time she had an acting career that spanned five decades and won her three Oscars, 2 Emmys and a Tony Award. She was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1940’s.
I loved her in Gaslight (1944) , where she played a woman being driven mad by her husband. Some of us can surely relate to that This was one of her Oscar-winning roles.
My other favorite role she played was Lisa Lund in the romantic WW2 drama, Casablanca (1942) which in my opinion, is one of the greatest films of all time.
Perhaps the most iconic look of the film (along with Humphrey Bogart’s trench coat) were Ingrid’s smart and chic midi-skirt suits and wide brimmed hats. And while the film doesn’t have any lavish ballgowns or over-the-top outfits, the costumes, designed by the great Orry-Kelly, are some of my favorites and a true reflection of some fabulous forties fashion.
This striped look is one of my all-time top movie outfits! Paired with that hat and those white shoes it is pure perfection!
Ingrid was known for her pure and natural beauty – and this sleek white suit lets her good looks do the talking.
Ingrid also showcased some great Hitchcock heroine style in the film Notorious (1946), with costumes by Edith Head. This was the first film Head worked on with Hitchcock and the two went on to work on many films together. “Every costume is indicated when he sends me the script,” Head wrote in her memoir. “There is always a story reason behind his thinking, an effort to characterize.
And how about this next outfit . . . a zebra print crop top! Who expected that in the 1940s? And little trivia if you haven’t seen the film – there’s an epic smooch scene between Bergman and Cary Grant that lasts over 2 minutes – totally scandalous for the forties!
And of course this androgynous look is just genius for Bergman’s spy character.
Ingrid Bergman was definitely one of the great style icons of the 1940s – her film fashion went right along with the characters she played – strong and smart but still fabulously feminine and chic!
What’s your favorite Ingrid Bergman film?
Have a glamorous day!