Monday, February 20, 2012

Retro-Spect: {The 1950's}

I have a fascination with the fashions of the past and how they have influenced styles and trends we have now.  It is interesting to highlight and acknowledge figures who had a major undertaking in setting forth style in these certain time periods.

Audrey Hepburn played in a number of films including Funny Face, My Fair Lady and the most well-known, Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Grace Kelly played in films such as High Society, The Swan and Dial M for Murder.  Both were striking figures that many women looked to in the 1950s.

I've included some of my favorite modern pieces that have a feel of this time period.  Stilettos were made popular at this time as a symbol of portraying the appeal to the feminine mystique.  Cat-eye style sunglasses were also worn by fashionable women of the period, resembling the infamous shape of the feline's eye.

Women's beauty was something that they took time and effort for and the pieces that they wore were reflective of that very feeling.  Their looks were very demure and simple, yet stunning.


Pictured Above:
Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina Fairchild in the 1954 film Sabrina


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Grace Kelly as Frances Stevens in the 1955 film To Catch a Thief


   




Pictures Above:
50s Dress Patterns


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Actual Circa 1950s Floral Cocktail Dress via Etsy


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Actual Circa 1950s Silk Chiffon Dress via Etsy


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Actual Circa 1950s Silk Satin Dress via Etsy


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"Covert Manuscript Heels" from BHLDN


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"Bow-Topped Slingbacks" from BHLDN


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Kate Spade New York "Retro" via Nordstrom


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Yves Saint Laurent "Cat's Eye" via Nordstrom


All movie info via IMDb.
All images not linked to a source were found via Google search.

22 comments:

  1. You have good taste :) love the combo of red and pink in your profile pic

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  2. lovely post :)

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    xx

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  4. Great post! I need those shoes

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  5. LOVE! gorgeous inspiration! x

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  6. Completely in love with Audrey Hepburn, she is so beautiful and I love her style in funny face, her cute pony and cropped fringe, always try to mimic her looks! X

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  7. Slightly obsessed with the YSL sunglasses - I love a good cay eye...and the powder blue shoes are so adorable, such an unexpected color.

    xo
    The Fashionable ESQ

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  8. Fifties are my second favourite time period after twenties! And Audrey...she's amazing.

    xxx
    Daria, the Fashionsurfer

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  9. beautiful photos :)
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  11. Gorgeous pictures!!!
    xxx
    Miriam

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  12. if i could dress like this all the time i think i'd love it!

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  13. Those baby blue pumps are to die for! www.casualglamorous.com

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  15. I just found your blog and I love this post. The lady like dresses are so pretty and Grace Kelly is such an icon. I didn't know thats when the stilettos came about. Thanks for all the info and fun 50's fashion pics.

    Following you now,

    xoDale
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  17. audrey hepburn is such a style icon! i love her wardrobe in Charade.
    and those shoes you posted are to die for!

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  18. Like you, I'm so fascinated and inspired by fashions of the past, especially fashions seen on Audrey Hepburn and Lena Horne just to name a few. The dresses and style in general then was so elegant, charming and sexy!

    XO Kelley

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  19. 50's... I love Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, and i adore their style, so feminine :-)

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  20. Oh.My.Goodness. I absolutely love that white and floral vintage dress! If it wasn't so expensive, it'd be fine in a heartbeat. Absolutely gorgeous!

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