While assymetrical dresses have gone through many incarnations throughout recent decades, a one-shouldered gown is a great way to a classic vintage Hollywood look. This Ava Dress by RTG favourites Stop Staring! has an irresistible hint of that glamour at far less than red carpet prices.
Made from a stretch bengaline fabric, this dress's charm is in the superb cut and fit. Hugging the curves in just the right places, the luxurious gathering at the waist and shoulder add an extra element of 40s/50s class.
Get it from the Stop Staring! online store for $130.
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If you're not familiar with the work of Tony Duquette, he was a Hollywood artist and designer who worked from the 1940s up until the 1990s. Remains Lighting are now producing a range based on his original designs.
The designs are big on the Hollywood glitz and glamour so perhaps aren't suitable for those with a more minimalistic taste. The Golden Sunburst scone pictured takes inspiration from a motif in a curtain that he designed for the L.A. Music Center in 1964 and is typically ornate.
Made from hand-polished metal, the prices seem to be aimed at Hollywood stars as, for this design, they range from $2275 for a gloss white finish to $2795 for an antique brass model. Want to see it in the flesh? Although the company is based in New York, you can find details of their London showroom on their website.
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If you are a fan of the classic style of Grace Kelly, you'd better put the dates 17 April until 26 September in your diary when the V&A Museum will be hosting the display Grace Kelly: Style Icon.
The show features fifty of Kelly's outfits ranging from her time as a Hollywood starlet in the 1950s to her role as Princess Grace of Monaco. The dresses include costumes from her famous films such as High Society and Rear Window, as well as clothes that illustrate her off-screen style, and will be supplemented with photographs and film footage. The display also includes perhaps her most lasting contribution to the world of fashion, the original Hermes Kelly bag.
Admission is £6 which sounds a pretty reasonable fee for vintage film and fashion fans.
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