Clothes from 1950s | Clothes on Film

Posted by Sarah H on September 22, 2009

What young girl doesn’t want to be in the ‘Pink Ladies’ after seeing Grease (1978)?

They are synonymous by their satin-lined powder pink baseball-style jacket, ‘Pink Ladies’ embroidered in black scrawl on the reverse, their name on the front, worn mostly with the collar up for that rebellious touch. Celebrating impurity, they are one of the most popular and imitated girl gangs on screen. Being ‘pink’ is a sarcastic and perhaps sexual allusion.

Posted by Sarah H on August 17, 2009

Teenage, 50’s diner-style wear at its stereotypical best. Save for it’s funky 70’s Barry Gibb disco theme tune, you might be forgiven for thinking it was 1959 at Rydell High.

Grease (1978) bursts with pep, which the company to this day pertain to be genuine fun. They spent all day in character on set; obvious to the viewer as the chemistry between everyone at Rydell is so apparent. When the 50’s costumes, by Albert Wolsky, arrived on set, the cast were apparently overjoyed.

Posted by Chris Laverty on August 4, 2009

Denim in cinema has been popularised by some of the great screen icons of the twentieth century. From Marlon Brando (The Wild One, 1953) to Steve McQueen (Junior Bonner, 1972), from Paul Newman (Cool Hand Luke, 1967) to John Travolta (Urban Cowboy, 1980), from Grace Kelly (Rear Window, 1954) to Brigitte Bardot (And God Created Woman, 1956).

Similar to the business suit, denim is a sartorial way of life that confers immediate personality on someone without them having to do or say a word; this personality has evolved through time and trends, though one facet remains the same: rebelliousness.

Posted by Chris Laverty on July 8, 2009

This is the last outfit Grace Kelly wore for Rear Window (1954), during the very last shot in fact. This is complex as opposed to absolute Kelly womanliness, though no less appealing for it:

Red casual men’s shirt with button-down collar and pushed up sleeves. Tails are held together with a scarf ring to form a decorative side sash on the waist.