Lauren Bacall has always been my favourite actress from the “Golden Age” of Hollywood. There’s something so pleasing in her appearance that remains modern even today. She strikes the fine and tricky balance of seductive allure and intelligence. She appears confident and enigmatic but also, somehow, relatable. Much of her wardrobe displays this personality: even in masculine tailoring there is a creeping femininity. Sharp shoulders are paired with a nipped in waist. A long dress is worn with daring cleavage. Bacall understood the importance of a single piece of statement jewelry or a jauntily placed hat to add interest to an outfit.
Most of Bacall’s 1940s style has been replicated at various times- in the shoulder pads of the 80’s to the tea dresses of the 70’s and has been a source of inspiration for artists such as Madonna and Lady Gaga even today. In 2014 most of this style…
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