by Maegan Porto
Style Icons By The Decade- 40’s & 50’s
If you missed my last blog, you would have missed the beginning of my iconic style timeline! (So go back and read, stat!!). This blog is focused on the “it-girls” of the 40’s and 50’s.
40’s Rita Hayworth
This actress and dancer, “The Great American Love Goddess” was known for her glamorous style, red locks and vixen-like acting. Born Margarita Carmen in 1918, Rita started in show business at the age of 6. Hayworth had a very sultry, Hollywood- glamour style and was known for her sex appeal. One of her most famous moments was in Gilda
where she performed a strip tease wearing a strapless, black satin dress looking absolutely mesmerizing! Rita was also known for her (coloured) red locks with voluptuous waves and her (always) coral pink/ red lips.
50’s Marilyn Monroe
Norma Jean Mortenson, otherwise known as one of the most iconic, glamorous women in history; Marilyn Monroe. This model, actress and singer is well known all over the world for her platinum blonde waves and her perfect embodiment of femininity. Although being a major sex symbol; Marilyn had a type of innocence about her style. She always dressed to emphasize the silhouette of her body, showing off her flawless curves! One of her most iconic outfits was in the film The Seven Year Itch
in which she is wearing a haltered, v-neck white dress standing over the subway gate
as the breeze blows up her dress. Did I mention she was quite the comedic actress too?! Anyway, Marilyn has influenced the fashion and beauty industry immensely and still continues to every day whether it be through style or her knowledgeable, famous quotes. Grace Kelly
One might say she was the style queen of simplicity, elegance and grace, but she was also the Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III in 1956. Even during her acting career she never presented herself in anything that would be considered “bad taste”. Her wardrobe normally included sharp-cut capri pants, crisp cotton shirts, dresses with modest, scooped necklines and a nipped in waist and tortoiseshell sunglasses. All of which are still in style today! Kelly’s make up was more on the natural side; with minimal eye make-up, defined brows and coral-red lips. A true natural beauty and style icon.
Film star, style icon and off-screen humanitarian; how can you not adore Audrey Hepburn?! She is most known for her role of elegance in Breakfast At Tiffany’s
with her hair pulled back into a voluminous french twist with a tiara, large sunglasses and the classic LBD (little black dress). Not only was Audrey an amazing actress, she was also a fashion muse for designer Hubert De Givenchy. Together they popularized trends such as the banteau neckline and tea length wedding dresses. Hepburn normally rocked heavily lined eyes, very defined brows and either coral, nude or deep red lips. This makeup trend is very popular now, especially defined and thick brows! Style is never
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