Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bombshell Rule #2 - Never underestimate the power of the blouse


Rule #2 of the bombshell, according to the book, is that you must have a white beaded sleeveless dress like Dorothy Dandridge wore in Carmen Jones. Stole might be optional, but if you're going for the bombshell, it's not bad to have a prop.

I found a picture of Dorothy Dandridge in a white dress in a promo for the movie, but that was a poster -- the photo version shows the dress in red. It isn't the dress she mentions in the book, however, because there's no stole. Alas, I've not found it yet, but look at her, nonetheless. She's gorgeous. And this has to be around 1954, because those cap sleeve scoop neck tops were really popular then -- as they should be now. They are just innocently sexy.

Unlike the other pictures of Ms. Dandridge that I'll show you, just to give some examples of the bombshell aura she projected.


There is nothing more sexy than a trumpet hem. This one is a TRUE wiggle, instead of those fakes that everyone shows on ebay. If it doesn't make you wiggle when you walk, it ain't a wiggle dress. Wish I had a full length shot:


Just like I wish I knew who designed this top, so I could order one in every color of the rainbow. It's got a Ceil Chapman vibe to it, but could it really be that easy? Probably not. It's much more likely from Phyllis Dalton, who costumed this movie and did the wardrobe for Lawrence of Arabia five years later.(Photo from Island in the Sun, 1957)





No bombshell babe is complete without a beaded halter dress. Ms Dandridge does not disappoint.







Ms Dandridge set out to prove that women could play roles other than maids, prostitutes and slaves. She succeeded, even to the point of an Academy Award nomination. Sadly, the fame ate her up and she died of a drug overdose at the age of 42. What a loss.

1 comment:

  1. I believe these lovely creations were the work of none other than the legendary black coutouress herself, ZELDA WYNN VALDEZ!

    SEE HERE

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22067139@N05/2184351934

    AND HERE

    http://flickr.com/photos/22067139@N05/2711995656

    THATS ZELDA FIXING THE DRESS IN THE SECOND!

    I HOPE THIS HELPS YOU!

    THE FIRST PICTURE THAT I HAVE GIVEN YOU A LINK TO IS THE FULL BODY COLOR VERSION OF THE PICTURE IN BLACK AND WHITE THAT YOU SAID YOU WISH YOU HAD A FULL LENGTH TO. THE DRESS IS GORGEOUS!

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