Style Files – The Queens of Vintage

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With their impeccable style, immaculate looks and that flawless persona, yester years matinee idols are hard to forget and even harder to ignore. Even now, one cannot help but fall for that irresistible charm and grace which had all the men and women swoon and sigh about them. We thought to bring to you, a few women, of both style and substance, whom we’ve idolised, imitated and secretly envied. These ladies define vintage, their technique is a class apart and the fashion they envisaged then, is globally accepted now with much pomp and fervour.

Audrey Hepburn

This classic beauty became synonymous with Hollywood glamour in the 20th century for her breathtaking beauty and grand screen style. Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, My Fair lady, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, are a few of the many wonderful movies that brought Hepburn to the world stage and showcased her persona and style. Hubert de Givenchy, to whom this beauty became a muse, dressed her in the finest of ensembles and created her own personal wardrobe. Describing Givenchy, she once stated, “His are the only clothes in which I am myself. He is far more than a couturier; he is a creator of personality.” The celebrated little black dress by Givenchy which was eminently featured in Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold for an astounding £ 467,200 and is the maximum fee ever remunerated for a dress from a motion picture, thus signifying her legacy and charisma as a style icon.

Marilyn Monroe

Monroe’s beauty was pure glamour. She knew the poses, the art of seducing millions on screen and was blessed with an undeniable screen presence. The icon started her modelling career as a young teen and was then introduced to the world of cinema. Marilyn flaunted one of the best dresses of all times and her image of standing on a passageway (from The Seven Year Itch), with her white halter frock fluttering in the wind, has become one of the most lasting and enigmatic pictures of all times. Christian Dior, along with the Weinstein Company put up a picture exhibition devoted to the life and styles of Marilyn Monroe. One of the highlights is a Bert Stern photo featuring Monroe in a black Dior gown looking as mesmerising as it can be. The beauty’s wardrobe was much coveted and she wore the best of outfits that continue to inspire young girls even today.

Grace Kelly

As much as she was known for her acting prowess, Grace Kelly possessed a classic, understated style that was both elegant and graceful. She remains a legendary style icon till date and had a detailed eye for fashion. Kelly wore an Edith Head gown to the 27th Annual Academy Awards, 1955 and had once very gracefully tucked 2 yellow roses to her chignon which she had very contentedly worn to two major events (the act being inconceivable today). Her style was eternal, feminine and truly timeless. She adorned her dresses with lace, silk, orchids and intricate detailing. One of the truly commendable qualities of Kelly’s style statement was that she appreciated designs not for their cost, but for their excellence and did not frown upon wearing something that wasn’t from the couture lineage.

Time and again, history has witnessed women who’ve challenged convention, broken rules, welcomed changes and emerged as trend setters. We appreciate their contribution in moulding fashion and helping it become what it is today.