Category: <span>Fashion History and Inspiration</span>

Who is Marilyn Monroe

The modern world is obsessed with Marilyn Monroe. This all started since she burst onto the scene in the 1950s. She was an American actress, model and singer famous for playing comedic blonde bombshells in her movies. One of the most enduring sex symbols of the 50s and 60s, she has become a pop culture icon and is emblematic of the era’s sexual awakening. There’s much more to Marilyn than the funny, dumb sex kitten though. Early life of Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1st 1926 as Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles …

Who is Lauren Bacall

Born Betty Joan Perske, Lauren Bacall was named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema by the America Film Institute and recieved an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2009. Known for her alluring, sultry presence and distinctive, husky voice, Lauren Bacall began her career as a model before embarking on her film career. Early life of Lauren Bacall Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on the 16th September 1924 in The Bronx, New York City. Both her mother and father were Jewish who divorced when she was five – …

Who is Rita Hayworth?

Born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17 1918, Rita Hayworth was born into a family of dancers in Brooklyn, New York. The world would worship her as a sex symbol and star of movies like Gilda, You were Never Lovelier, and Separate Tables. But what happened to her as a child would scar Rita Hayworth for the rest of her life. Rita Hayworth achieved fame in the 1940s as one of the top stars of the era – appearing in 61 films over 37 years. Rita Hayworth was a top glamour girl in the 1940s, a pin-up girl for the …

Who is Hubert Givenchy?

Hubert de Givenchy is known for introducing the world to the “Little Black Dress” and dressing Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, but just who is he? And how did his journey to greatness begin? What makes his everlasting legacy fashion house still the epitome of style. Discover the man behind the style with me. The little black dress is the hardest thing to realise because you must keep it simple Hubert Givenchy, Independent Interview in 2010 Where it all began Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy was born in Beauvais, Oise on the 20th February 1927 into a protestant family. The …

What was worn at Grace Kelly’s Wedding?

When you think of the fairytale vintage wedding, it’s likely that you think of Grace Kelly and her romantic love story with Prince Rainer III of Monaco. In fact, not only did she look like a Princess that day, she actually became one too. Grace Kelly is someone many want to emulate, and her classic and classy wedding gown is to die for. Did you know that she had two wedding gowns? Read on for more on this and what else was worn at Grace Kelly’s wedding. The dress reflected that of a Hollywood actress marrying into the Monégasque Royal …

Who is Cristóbal Balenciaga?

Born in 1895 to his fisherman father and seamstress mother in Getaria the province of Gipizkoa in the Basque Country of Spain Cristóbal Balenciaga had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as “the master of us all” by none other than Christian Dior. Dressmaking and clothing design was in his blood, and as a child Balenciaga often spent time with his mother as she worked. At the age of twelve, he began work as a tailor’s apprentice and when he was a teenager, the foremost noblewoman in his town the Marchioness de Casa Torres, …

What did Elizabeth Taylor Wear to her Wedding?

The British-American actress Elizabeth Taylor became just as well known for her string of marriages as her films. After finding herself thrust into the spotlight, she was forced to become wise beyond her years after starring in romantic films with actors far older than she was. That accelerated path into on-screen romance influenced her real love life too. Walk through the pages of time with me and discover Elizabeth Taylor’s matrimonial style. I was then and am now an incurable romantic. Elizabeth Taylor, written in 1988 Conrad “Nicky” Hilton (May 1950 – Jan 1951) I am sorry that I did …

Who is Pierre Cardin?

Hello my darlings, I thought after writing my last post about Dior that I would continue and share with you my knowledge on the History of Pierre Cardin. I’ve found that learning a little more about the history of the clothing back in the 1950’s has helped me when on the look out for thrifted styles, so I hope you find it helpful too. These days fashion houses marketing and creation other products such as cosmetics and perfumes may not be unusual, but Pierre Cardin started this practice, and was widely criticised for it. Many thought that this was weakening …

Brains and Beauty : the life and style of Hedy Lamarr

Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9th 1914, Hedy Lamar was best known for being “The World’s Most Beautiful Woman” and Hollywood Actress, but she also was an inventor whose pioneering technology would form the basis for today’s WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth systems. She’s proof that one can have brains and beauty so I’ve naturally become fascinated with her. Growing Up Born in Vienna, Austria to a well-to-do Jewish family Lamarr had plenty of attention from her father inspiring her to look at the world with curiosity. He would discuss with her machinery like printing presses and street cars …

Who is Bettie Page?

Hello my beauties, Exciting times in the ohsodelightful universe. I have decided to focus this blog purely on Vintage and Tutorials. Do not fear if you come here for the recipes and food they will have their own space on the web over at www.carnieandtheherb.com Now that the big announcement has been made, today’s post is up next. The focus will be on Bettie Page today, she is a great source of inspiration for many people, and is one of my big loves in the pin-up world. Bettie Page With her jet black hair, pale skin, blue eyes and trademark …