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Sometimes You Just Can’t Get That Authentic Vintage Look

By , 3 November, 2011, 1 Comment

Sometimes you just can’t replicate the look — not on my budget, anyway. Exhibit A: Peggy Hopkins Joyce.

Peggy Hopkins Joyce

On the back of the vintage photo, the reasons why most of us can’t get this look: “Peggy Hopkins Joyce, star of Earl Carroll’s Vanities of 1923 wearing a $6,000 gown of rhinestones and chinchilla and her million and a half dollars in jewels”.

Description Of Fashions

The seller offers this history on Joyce:

Famous mainly for being famous — and for marrying and divorcing (or merely dating) a dizzying array of millionaires — blonde-bobbed Peggy Hopkins Joyce (born Marguerite Upton) had been in the Follies and Earl Carroll’s Vanities when the famous illustrator James Montgomery Flagg directed her in a series of short subjects in the 1910s. She would descend on Hollywood at intervals in the 1910s, 1920s, and early ’30s but managed mainly to prove that she was no actress. Her most notorious film appearance was also her last, playing an internationally famous gold digger in International House (1933), a hodgepodge Paramount comedy in which she earned top billing over the likes of George Burns, Gracie Allen, and W. C. Fields. The latter supplied the film’s biggest laugh and most notorious moment in a scene that has to be seen to be believed, but which included the suggestive discussion of the whereabouts of a cat. Her life an endless series of tabloid headlines, Peggy Hopkins Joyce is believed to have been the inspiration for the character of the mercenary Lorelei Lee in Anita Loos’ twice-filmed Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. One of her contemporaries perhaps best summed up her appeal; said nightclub hostess Texas Guinan: “Peggy Hopkins Joyce should not be buried like other folks, or cremated, or anything like that, but just be put into Tiffany’s window to sparkle forever.” ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Hair Extensions, 1932

By , 29 October, 2011, No Comment

Sheila Terry, with her trademark pre-code bad girl sneer, photographed by Elmer Fryer to promote Scarlet Dawn. Notice her long braided hair that serves as jewelery or an accessory.

Sheila Terry's Braided Hair Extensions

From the back of the photo:

Sheila Terry belies her Irish name by going exotic…She will next be seen with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in the First National picture, “Scarlet Dawn.”

Photo via.

Cloche, But No Cigar

By , 20 October, 2011, No Comment

Miss Rayne wanted a felt cloche hat, but couldn’t find one… So she took matters into her own hands and transformed a 1980’s wide brimmed hat into one! Spectacular!

1980s Hat Transformed Into Vintage Cloche!

You Can Leave Your Hat On

By , 29 September, 2011, No Comment

If you really want to wear fascinators or other vintage hats, check out these tips on wearing hats! (For other hat styles and periods, also see my other posts: 1960s hairstyles with hats and, for cloche hats and other flapper looks, this post on bobs and guiches!)

Rita Hayworth: Netted Hat & Animal Print Muff

Ruffled, Almost Elizabethan, Collars

By , 27 September, 2011, No Comment

I don’t normally cover period films or fashions, but when I found this Ralph Lauren Blue Label Ruffled Infinity Scarf in my Shop It To Me Sale Mail Alert, I couldn’t help but think of Ruff Elizabethan collars.

Ralph Lauren Blue Label Ruffled Infinity Scarf

What a wonderful way to add volume and texture to any little white blouse!

Here’s another modern, yet more traditional, take on these large feminine collars — a creamy dreamy one in muslin and pearls by by MaggieGlynn.

Modern Elizabethan Collar Muslin and Pearls by MaggieGlynn

Ralph Lauren’s Ruffled Infinity Scarf could also help you achieve Marlene Dietrich’s ruffled look of in Angel (1937).

Marlene Dietrich in Ruffles in Angel

Or this rare ruffled look of Katharine Hepburn’s.

Katharine Hepburn Rare In Ruffles

Of course, if you’re Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave, you could make your own out of paper. *wink* (Link & photo via.)

Isabelle de Borchgrave Cardboard Lace Collars

Win Designer Shoes Or Handbag

By , 20 September, 2011, No Comment

This week, you can win your choice of a designer bag or shoes in Shop It To Me’s contest!

To enter:

Step One: Join, if you haven’t already.

Step Two: Tell your friends via email, Twitter, Facebook, etc. using the link here.

(Get an extra entry for tweeting too!)

Shop It To Me Designer Contest

Why You Might Find Yourself With Visible Panty Lines

By , 11 September, 2011, No Comment

At A Slip Of A Girl, an incredible tutorial on how to avoid visible panty lines — which includes basics about clothing construction and fit over the decades.

When You Want Seams On Your Stockings, Not Your Behind

I Want To Be A Star Like Hedy Lamarr

By , 8 September, 2011, 1 Comment

I keep looking at this photo of Hedy and wondering how I can surround myself with stars too…

Hedy Lamarr Surrounded By Stars

I figure I should at least be able to make myself a three-layered necklace of stars… Maybe starting with these 33 x 33mm gold-plated star drops?

Gold-plated Drop Star 33x33mm

Take The Asymmetrical Sweetheart Plunge

By , 25 August, 2011, No Comment

If this vintage beauty doesn’t get your heat a-racin’, I wonder just what will…

1950's Mary Louise Early Custom-Couture Cleverland Label

So Princess Grace

By , 20 July, 2011, No Comment

This vintage satin Ceil Chapman dress features metallic gold organza, rhinestones, faux pearls, and enough New Look glamour to make any girl a princess.

Vintage 1950s Ceil Chapman Satin Beaded Dress