Mae West, this is what we’re gonna do, Mae West.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick in which I unapologetically have once again chosen a dress. The encouraging comments that I regularly receive indicate popularity for the selections with my readers.

From (link below *).

Mae Dress Red – Sold & Dispatched by The Seamstress Of Bloomsbury. 1940’s Hollywood Inspired Dress with original square jet style buttons, a cream undercollar and diagonal buttonholes sewn in the contrasting cream colour. The full skirt swings out into a full circle and finishes below the knee. Priced at £79.00.



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Spotlight on…Audrey Hepburn. 

Born Audrey Kathleen Ruston 4th May 1929 (Brussels, Belgium).

Died 20 January 1993 (aged 63) Tolochenaz, Switzerland.

Lived through the German occupation of The Netherlands during the Second World War.

Active as an actress from 1948 “Dutch in Seven Lessons”…

…to 1989 “Always”.

Ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood (behind Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis). 

Audrey shot to stardom in my favourite film of hers; “Roman Holiday” (1953) in which there are a number of humorous lines. My choice…

“I’ve never been alone with a man before, even with my dress on. With my dress off, it’s MOST unusual.”. 

An aknowledged fashion icon through her colloboration with the legendary couturier Hubert de Givenchy.

(Photograph by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff).

In 1989 Audrey was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF.

(Photograph UNICEF/Isaac).

I hope that you have enjoyed the Second of my “Spotlight on” features.

Thank you.


Spotlight on Katharine Hepburn.

Welcome to a new series of blog posts featuring actors and actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

The first Spotlight is on Katharine Hepburn.

Born Katharine Houghton Hepburn 12th May 1907 Hartford, Connecticut. 

Died 29th June 2003 (aged 96) Fenwick, Connecticut.

Katharine received Four Academy Awards for Best Actress for…

…”Morning Glory” (1933), “Guess who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967), “The Lion in Winter” (1968) and “On Golden Pond” (1981).

In 1999 the American Film Institute named her as the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema.

Briefly touching on the passion of @Rations2R_n_R and vintage fashion Katharine wore trousers before it was fashionable for women to do so.

(By Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images.)

My blog post “From the Flappers to the Fifties; a tale of trousers in women’s fashion” goes into more detail.

Her first film was “A Bill of Divorcement” in 1932…

...and her last big-screen appearance…

… “Love Affair” in 1994.

My favourite has always been her performance alongside Humphrey Bogart in the 1951 Classic, “The African Queen”; Katharine’s first film in Technicolor. 

A quote from the film would I feel be an apt way to finish the first of my Spotlight features.

“Charlie Allnut: What are you being so mean for, Miss? A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it’s only human nature.

Rose Sayer: Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.”

Thank you for joining me on this brief excursion through the Golden Age of Hollywood.