Yes, I firmly believe in the above phrase (Dave, that’s aimed at you. Did I mention I’m going to be getting a person out of me in a few months time? )
The reason I have quoted the song made famous by Marylin Monroe is because Dave took me to see a small exhibition (see, you brought it on yourself Dave) at the Getty Images Gallery just behind Oxford Street at the weekend. The exhibition commemmorates 50 years since the death of Marilyn Monroe through photographs and a display of costumes and dresses worn by the star.
It was obviously the dresses that we went for, and here is a selection for you to see. One of the things I thought was lacking from some of the exhibition was being able to see an image of Monroe wearing the dress, so I have tried to do that here instead.
The Prince and the Showgirl
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Some Like it Hot
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
There’s No Business Like Show Business
The exhibition is open until 23 May, and although it’s small I’d recommend popping in to have a peek!
Please click on each image to be taken to where I found it.
Next week I go back to school, and I am doing a course called Vintage Fashion: 1940s and 1950s.
For the course we are required to bring a 1940s or 1950s inspired pattern, so I have spent the last little while looking on eBay at 1940s patterns! While I know that 1950s style dresses suit me well I already own a couple of dresses and patterns, and think there might be more scope for learning new techniques in the 1940s dresses.
Here are some of my favourites – most of which come from The Vintage Pattern Store eBay shop. If you click on the image it should take you to the eBay listing itself.
Now all I need to do is decide which one to get!
While on holiday back in June I read a book called The Help, about an American town in 1960s Mississippi. The book tells the story of black African-American maids who care for the children and clean the houses of white people, and also the perspective of a white girl who see’s that things need to change.
The Help was made in to a film, and released here in the UK in October – so off I went to go and see it. While the book delves a bit deeper in to the issues of the time, I did really enjoy the film. However, this is not a film review blog it is a sewing blog, so I am going to run away from the self-inflicted pressure I’m feeling to give a detailed account of the pro’s and con’s of the film, and show you some pretty pictures instead…
As well as the big, no HUGE, hairstyles, I wanted to show you some of the costumes as I thought they were amazing!
I really like the gathered neck and brooch on Aibileen's dress
If only I could pull off wearing glasses like that!
Aibileen's got pintuck's on her uniform - I know how to do them!
Blimey! If you can tear your eyes away from that hair, the scalloped detail on her dress is lovely!