Glam Girl - We Are Stellar Designs
Glam Girl

When it comes to glitz and glamour, the styles of classic old Hollywood definitely fit the bill.  In honor of our latest Spring design vibe Glam Girl, we are going to jump back in time and mingle with the extraordinary fashion icons that continue to inspire modern day design.

Lauren Becall

Grace Kelly

The 1920s saw a drastic change in women’s lives after WW1 and was reflected through a period of excess and liberation. Drinking (thanks prohibition), dancing and glamming was a lifestyle upgrade.  This is - until the 30s happened - when the Wall Street crash resulted in the great depression which ended in WW2 - can anyone say buzzkill!  But the design world, the 1930s represented a more sophisticated, grown up and womanly silhouette influenced by the rise of female designers Madame Vionnet, Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli.  Women designing for women - shocking and brilliant.  

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

The female form was celebrated, clearly outlined in gowns of thin, tactile silks. The bias cut clung to every curve (because women are curvy), shoulders and backs were exposed – evening gowns were sensual delights, displaying yet concealing the form simultaneously.  The Art Deco influence was strong in the 1930s with many dresses reflecting this art and design movement.

 

Lena Horne

Lena Horne

Socio-economic changes can be tracked through changes in fashion and style.  Often in need of a boost and some escapism during war or the great depression or war reconstruction, ladies flocked to the cinemas to see what their favorite stars were wearing.  Hello Rita, Lena, Marilyn, Elizabeth.  Can I play dress-up in your closet?

Bette DavisElizabeth Taylor

Bette Davis and Elizabeth Taylor

All these economic and social changes had a significant impact on clothing and the pace of fashion in our country.  Designers were bold with colors and prints selecting a color or pattern and building the rest of the design around it.  Designers played with shape, infusing personality into the design.  And of course, balance.  Dressing such big personalities, designers had to focus when so many elements were vying for attention.  Design should never upstage the person, although it often did just that.  

Badgley Mischka designs

Art Deco Inspired Designs

Modern women can't help but be inspired by Hollywood heroines and their seemingly effortless senses of style.  The good news is that you don't have to be an Elizabeth or Marilyn to design your vibe like a silver screen icon.  All you need is a bit of high drama in your approach to life and some bold and brassy color on your lips or walls.  Embrace your savvy style and be a force to be reckoned with.  Cheers!

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