Marilyn Monroe

13 Mar

The blonde, feminine, curvy American Dream.

“A sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing”.
– Monroe.  

 

 

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Norma Jean Mortenson, also called Norma Jean Baker was born in 1926 in Los Angeles. She survived a very difficult childhood and became the worlds most famous sex symbol. Marilyn started her successful career as a model and signed her first movie contract in 1946. She got a new image, dyed her hair blonde and Marilyn Monroe was born. Her career took off in 1950, when she played a small part in the crime drama “The Asphalt Jungle” and the part as Claudia Caswell in “All about Eve”, where Betty Davis was starring. With many successful movies, her signature breathy voice and hourglass figure, she became a international star. In 1959 she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a comedy for the role as the singer Sugar Kane Kowalczyk in “Some Like it Hot”. The last movie she finished was “The Misfits” (1961) where she played against Clarke Gable. Her life and career started to get complicated and she was dismissed from “Something’s Got to Give” because she had missed to many days of filming. Marilyn has a long history with bad relationships and there where rumors that she was involved with the President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy.

On August 5, 1962 she was found dead in her home in L.A. with a empty bottle of sleeping pills by her side. The cause of death was officially ruled as a drug overdose, but there has been speculations over the years that she may have been killed.

She is famous for her sexy, womenly curves. She wore dresses in size 12 and always wore clothes that highlighted her curves, like the pencil skirt. Her favorite colors was red, black, beige, cream and white, and she mostly wore clothes in those colors. Marilyn always added a feminine touch to her outfits and used to wear a lot of accessories, like bows and diamonds.

You can watch a slide show with some of her outfits here.

Signature style:

The white halter neck dress (made famous in “The Seven Year Itch”


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Curves, curves, curves

 

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The Platinum blonde hair and the white fur wrap


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“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”
– Monroe.

The most famous performance

A mini documentary about Marilyn Monroe

Watch part two here.

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
– Monroe.

Sources
http://www.biography.com/featured-biography/marilyn-monroe/
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/marilyn_monroe.html
http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/82952.Marilyn_Monroe
http://marilynmonroepages.com/facts.html
http://stealtheirstyle.co.uk/classic%20stars/Marilyn%20clothes.htm

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Audrey Hepburn

6 Mar

The actress and humanitarian that is famous for her ballerina style and being the muse of the designer Givenchy.

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
– Hepburn.

 

 

 

 

 

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Audrey Kathleen Ruston was born 4 May 1929 in Ixelles, Belgium. She studied ballet and moved to London in 1948 to continue the ballet training. She studied at the “Ballet Rambert”, founded by the very influential ballet dancer and teacher Marie Rambert. Audrey worked as a model on the side. Rambert told her that her height (5 ft 7) and poor nutrition during World War 2 could stop her from becoming a ballerina and Audrey decided to  pursue acting instead. She has starred in many Broadway plays and several movies. Audrey is one of the few performers that has won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award. She is also famous for her work for UNICEF. She died of cancer 20 January 1993.

Believe it or not, Audrey Hepburn was not the classic beauty like Marilyn Monroe. Audrey was tall and very skinny, both feminin and boy-ish. She is known for dressing casual and comfortable, but at the same time she looked classy and well dressed. Clean and sophisticated. She often wore blouses, skirts, belts and scarfs and she was the queen of accessories. In 1961 her name was put on the International Best Dressed List.

The looks she is most famous for is the ones from the films she appears in. Hats, big sun glasses, the lbd and jewlery is not something Audrey wore in her private life. When she was preparing for the role as Sabrina, she got to know the designer Givenchy and later became his muse.

See an interview with Hepburn here.

“My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.”
– Hepburn.

Signature style:

The black dress (first in Sabrina then in Breakfast at Tiffany´s)



 

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The large sun glasses


 

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The scarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The fitted Suit



 

 

 

 

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Watch two mini documentaries about Audrey Hepburn as a fashion and style icon:

“You can always tell what kind of a person a man really thinks you are by the earrings he gives you.”
– Hepburn.

Sources:
http://stealtheirstyle.co.uk/classic%20stars/audrey%20hepburn%20style%20look.htm
http://www.biography.com/articles/Audrey-Hepburn-9335788
http://thinkexist.com/quotes/audrey_hepburn/

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel

20 Feb

Coco Chanel. The queen of style. The queen of fashion.

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
– Chanel.

The founder of one of the worlds largest and most important fashion houses was born in Samour in 1883. She is known for inventing the term “little black dress” (lbd) and  for her signature perfume Chanel No. 5. Women would not wear trousers if it weren`t for Chanel. She invented the modern style of dressing in the 1920`s.


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Her mother died when Chanel was 12. Her father left her and her five siblings. She spent six years at an orphanage, where she first learned how to sew. At the age of 18 she left the orphanage and went to Moulins to be a cabaret singer. She performed in the towns Moulins and Vichy and she got the nick name Coco. She became the mistress of the young textile heir Etienne Balsan. She worked in a tailoring shop and started to make hats as a hobby. After a while she left Balsan and hooked up with his friend Captain Arthur Edward Capel. He financed her first shop.

In 1910 she became a licensed hat maker (modiste) and opened the boutique Chanel Modes in Paris. Her career as a hat maker bloomed when the famous actress Gabrielle Dorziat modelled her hats.

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”
– Chanel.

Important years:
1913: Established a boutique in Deauville.
1915: Established a boutique in Biarritz.
1919: Registered as a couturiere. Established her maison de couture .
1920: Introduced to the famous composer Igor Stravinsky by the  ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev.
1939: Closed her shops because of World War 2.
1954: Returned to the world of fashion.
1971: Died.

Signature style:

The striped sweater

Photo: http://www.mayyeung.com

The Chanel 2.55 bag


The Chanel suit


 

Photo: http://www.sheblogs.com

The Chanel No. 5 perfume

Photo: http://www.thegloss.com

Check out a Vogue video from her apartment in Paris.

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
– Chanel.

Sources:
Prestel: “50 Fashion Designers you should know”
http://womenshistory.about.com/od/chanelcoco/a/coco_chanel.htm
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/chnl/hd_chnl.htm
http://www.wc.pdx.edu/chanel/chanel.html
http://thinkexist.com/quotes/coco_chanel/