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Gone With The Wind – The Green Dress (1939)
A once wealthy, Irish-American, Scarlett 0’Hara takes control of her destiny in the civil war-torn South. Desperate to keep her home and family alive, she tears down inherited lush green velvet curtains and demands that her Mammy make her a new dress.
Scarlett’s plan is to trade on her display of wealth to borrow big money come hell or high water. After getting caught out and receiving a hellish refusal from smooth-talker Rhett Butler, Scarlett opts for high water by marrying her Sister’s beau.
Cinderella – The Ball Gown (1950)
Orphaned and trapped in a blended family chateau, Cinderella is a downtrodden domestic goddess with only a fleet of animals for comfort.
When a gang of haute couture mice pull together a hot pink number at the last minute all Cinderella’s hopes and dreams are exceeded. Sadly once the jealous freeloading, step-in-hells get an eyeful of the competition, torment and humiliation begins at three to one.
Luckily a magic lady, who likes her provincial food, arrives to fix Cinders up in a way that in real life, only Oprah could budget for.
Thoroughly Modern Millie – Monochrome Flapper (1967)
In a bustling 1920s New York, new-girl Millie scores a top job as a secretary and becomes determined to get on/find a husband/fall in love.
Wanting to throw off the shackles of her small town beginnings she dives into the parties, dress boutiques and beauty parlours. Adopting a new walk, new bust-line (flat natch) and with much comedy, Millie swans about town in the latest trends.
The character’s monochrome outfit is stunning on Julie Andrews who is a total fox but still skillfully conveys her character’s endearing cluelessness beneath her ‘New Look’.
Grease – Skin-tight trousers (1978)
As an Antipodean newbie, Sandy arrives in the land of freedom and soon has it callously stolen when she enters Rydell High School.
Big-hearted romantic, Sandy falls for an emotionally immature Danny. Her first love hope is dashed when his lily-livered antics lead her to heartbreak. Being the plucky sort Sandra Dee won’t allow sabotage from jealous girls to get in her way. With NBF Frenchie donating her rock chick wardrobe, Sandy snags the one that she wants in time for graduation.
The stand out performance is from Stockard Channing aka Rizzo. Journeying from nasty girl to a bit nicer via her pregnancy scare trauma.
Pretty In Pink – School Dance Dress (1986)
Smart, chic and perpetually frustrated Andie is a redhead with her own mind. Sadly her family is from the wrong side of the tracks and she is weighed down by brutish ‘Daddy’s money’ brats at her Chicago High School. Friends to artists, freaks and impossible-to-handle crushes, Andie finds herself drawn to a boy who’s family are rich. They struggle to keep the flames of love alive with so much peer pressure. With a bit of kindness and a bespoke disco dress Andie manages to enjoy her youth at last.
Hand-made punk fashion, an independent-spirited soundtrack and near perfect character development, ensure this John Hughes movie is a timeless classic.
A trip down memory lane, twenty years on here are a few of my favourites…
Style is not an invention of the last fifty or so years. It’s as long as time and as personal as the times would allow.
Less we forget how radical women must have felt not having a corset? We can only imagine how powerful and joyous to granted a choice of one’s own silhouette.
Today’s fashion experts believe that famous ladies look good, many look marvelous, still it’s maybe easier to do with a bottomless pit of free dresses and idiot-proof mineral make-up? This is industry driven design not stitches of suburban dreams.
Our sisters from the last century had a little more to contend with. Financial subordination, wars, poverty, social unrest, recessions, child-rearing and much less freedom to define their own sense of self.
In the days of the new look, ‘Model girls’ did their own hair and make-up. In order to make money from their blessed DNA they also had to have a stylist’s grasp of grooming.
Moving onto DIY actions of garment gathering, a one time teenage suburbanite, Patricia Smith crossed the East River to find work in the Big Apple.
With a few treasured thrift store pieces in a plaid suitcase, dreaming of Vali Myers she set off into the city. Maintaining various book shop jobs and teaching herself art, Patricia made firm friends with many like-minded men and women.
Her story continues through all the see-change in 1960s USA and leads into Rock and Roll stardom and international inspiration. The origins of style are still strong with Patti.
Take a look at ‘Just Kids’ to find out more. Published by Bloomsbury.