Tag Archive | 40’s

Remembering Ingrid Bergman

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Ingrid Bergman 8/29/15 - 8/29/82

Ingrid Bergman 8/29/15 – 8/29/82

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

 

Ingrid Berman in a publicity still for Casablanca

Ingrid Bergman in a publicity still for Casablanca (1942)

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.

 

Ingrid Bergman in a sheer belted dress for Casablanca. (1942)

Ingrid Bergman in a sheer leaf print dress for Casablanca. (1942)

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 Bergman in stripes for a publicity photo. (Casablanca 1942)

Ingrid Bergman in stripes for a publicity photo.  (Casablanca 1942)

Ingrid was known for her pure and natural beauty – and this sleek white suit lets her good looks do the talking.

Ingrid Bergman in a white Orry-Kelly suit. (1942)

Ingrid Bergman in a white Orry-Kelly suit. (1942)

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.

Ingrid Bergman in an Edith Head design for the film Notorious. (1946)

Ingrid Bergman in an Edith Head design for the film Notorious. (1946)

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!

Edith Head design for the Hitchcock film Notorious. 1946

Edith Head design for the Hitchcock film Notorious. 1946

And of course this androgynous look is just genius for Bergman’s spy character.

Ingrid Bergman in Notorious. 1946

Ingrid Bergman in Notorious. 1946

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!

alison

 

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Peplum Trend-Now and Then

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The definition of a peplum from the Oxford dictionary-“a short gathered or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman’s jacket, dress, or blouse to create a hanging frill or flounce” .   The description really doesn’t do it justice though because there are  a myriad of  configurations of this flirty style element.  And they all  take a garment to a whole new level of  femininity.   As evidenced by the spring and fall 2012 collections, many designers are resurrecting the peplum, which was very much in vogue back in the 1940s.   Of course I think this is actually one of those classic looks  that never really goes out of style.  It really flatters many figures by emphasizing the hourglass silhouette.

NOW -Here are some current looks from the runways.

Top left to right- Jason Wu, next two Alexander McQueen spring 2012
Bottom left to right- Zac Posen, next two Lanvin fall 2012

peplum 2012 designer collections

Peplum Trend in the 2012 designer collections

 THEN- And here are  what peplum fashions looked like  back in the 1940s

peplum dress  lucien lelong 47 vogue

Vogue 1947 Peplum dress by Lucien Lelong

Mollie Parnis peplum dress Vogue 1947

Mollie Parnis peplum dress Vogue 1947

peplum jacket Paris Collections 1946

1943 Peplum Jacket- Fashion illustration of Schiaparelli and Madeleine Vramant designs.

paris couture collections la femme chic 1942

1942 Fashion illustration of peplum dresses from the Paris couture collections

And here are a couple of  cute peplum blouses we recently added to the website.   Pair with a pencil skirt for a fabulous femme fatale 40s look!

Black polka dot peplum top

Black polka dot peplum top with sash

Blue chiffon wrap style peplum top

Blue chiffon wrap style peplum top

What do you think? Is the peplum look for you?

 

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Ladies Home Journal-June 1945 Summer Fashions

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It’s the merry month of  June and I just happen to have a June 1945 issue of Ladies Home Journal in my possession. So I thought I’d do a few posts featuring some of the content in the magazine so you can see what the trends were  in  fashion, beauty, food and home decor  65 years ago, at a time when World War II was almost, but not quite over.

In 1945 clothing still reflected the rationing of fabrics due to the war effort.    So many styles tended to be on the more conservative side.   But luckily there was no shortage of fabulous accessories to keep women from glamming up their outfits.  There were eyecatching hats, elbow length gloves,  costume jewelry, unique handbags and even hairstyles that incorporated elaborate curls and rolls to spice up your look.

Here is a lovely, understated outfit consisting of a black crepe skirt with a black eyelet peplum blouse. Note the black mesh hat with the spray of daisies trailing down the side designed  by famous milliner,  Lilly Dache.

Model wearing Lilly Dache hat-June 1945

Model wearing Lilly Dache hat-June 1945

The American sportswear industry really took off  in the 1940s due to the fact that designers could no longer depend on Paris for their design inspiration coupled with the fabric rationing and the increasingly casual lifestyle of American women.  All the photos below feature chic, easy care casual  outfits for the summer of ’45.

These first two photos are of Mrs. Howard Hawks, wife of the famous Hollywood  producer. She’s wearing a  lovely halter dress and a stylish shirtwaist dress. Both in rayon jersey.  Mrs. Hawks ended up being named one of the 10 best dressed women of the year in 1947.  She is also responsible for launching Lauren Bacall’s movie career. Upon seeing her picture on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, she showed her husband who immediately flew Ms. Bacall to Hollywood and cast her opposite Humphrey Bogart in “To Have and Have Not.”   It’s obvious Mrs. Hawks had impeccable taste.

Mrs Howard Hawks wearing a halter dress-1945

Mrs Howard Hawks wearing a halter dress-1945

Mrs Howard Hawks in a striped shirtwaist dress-1945

Mrs Howard Hawks in a striped shirtwaist dress-1945

And for poolside and seaside women often wore playsuits with boy cut shorts or with skirts like the outfit below.  Isn’t this two piece black and white gingham bra top and swim skirt adorable?

Gingham two piece swimsuit-1945

Gingham two piece swimsuit-1945

Novelty prints on cotton and rayon were another way to add interest to sportswear. And with many servicemen coming back from the South Pacific with stories and souveniers,  anything with a tropical or Hawaiian motif became very popular.  Here is actress Ella Raines modelling a halter bra and sarong made from Hollywood pattern #1581.  I would wear this in a heartbeat!

Ella Raines wears tropical print halter top and sarong-1945

Ella Raines wears tropical print halter top and sarong-1945

Stay tuned for beauty 1945 Style!

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New Additions-Special Occasion Dresses

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More retro glamorous  special occasion dresses have been added recently to the Blue Velvet Vintage site.   We want to make sure you’re the classiest dame ever at your upcoming holiday parties, proms and fancy dress balls!

Have a look at our latest beauties.  To see more recently added  evening gowns and party dresses be sure to visit our “What’s New” page.

Recently added special occasion dresses at Blue Velvet Vintage

Recently added special occasion dresses at Blue Velvet Vintage

1. Deco inspired midnight blue satin mermaid gown

2. Authentic 1950s vintage  strapless black lace party dress

3. Gold satin beaded, sequined vintage style mermaid gown

4. Mad Men style black cocktail suit with mink fur trim.

5. Elegant burgundy chiffon vintage style goddess gown

6.  40s style black chiffon glamour gown w/sarong style skirt

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The Playsuit-A hot retro look for summer

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Playsuits, onesies, rompers, no matter what you choose to call them,  they are a hot retro look for summer.  So release your inner pinup and get yourself into one of these  sassy little outfits. They’re a more feminine and glamorous alternative to shorts and a tank top.

Below are photos of Dita Von Teese rocking this look. The nautical print is a vintage inspired style by Dolce and Gabbana. The red one looks like authentic vintage.  Of course, she looks absolutely fabulous in both.

dita-von-teese nautical playsuit

Check out the cherry necklace. That and the hat really pull the look together. Love  the sunglasses and shoes too!

dita-von-teese-2

Below are some vintage playsuits available on line.

For sale at Black Swan Vintage on Etsy-$60.00

 

60s vintage playsuit-size small

60s vintage playsuit-size small

The next two are for sale at Blue Velvet Vintage Clothing and Retro Fashion

The full shorts on this 40S/50s vintage playsuit gives the illusion of a skirt.

vintage pinup playsuit

Hot pink and white vintage playsuit-size large

50’s vintage playsuit in an unusual ethnic floral print.

 

1950s vintage playsuit-size small

1950s vintage playsuit-size small

To shop  vintage inspired and authentic vintage  playsuits click here!

 

 

 

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