We’re sharing the best ever Forties beauty secrets

It is time to indulge in our favourite past-time and hark on back to the Forties when bright red lipstick and pencilled-on-tights ruled the roost. It is no secret that we are still in the midst of an ugly...

Shake, Rattle and Roll: a history of the jukebox

The jukebox is an undeniable symbol of the spirit of 1950s American youth. Almost any film or TV programme set in that decade features a scene with kids crowded around one, picking out a record to dance to....

Book review: Style Me Vintage – 1940s

Too many books portray the 1940s as the decade that fashion forgot. Luckily new book Style Me Vintage - 1940s (Liz Tregenza, Pavillion, £11.99) does away with the myth of an era of drab, home-made style....

The girl with the violet eyes: Liz Taylor’s style

Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor is known today for her numerous ailments, her amazing head of hair, briefly grey but usually jet black despite her being aged 77, her friendship with the late Michael Jackson...

We had a Forties wartime Christmas

When Forties retro lifestyler Amanda ‘Edna’ Pickard received her nephew's Christmas list by text message, she wondered if it would be possible to recapture the joy of Christmas past by recreating a...

Christmas traditions through the decades

With just a few weeks to go until the carefully wrapped presents are no longer under the Christmas tree,  Eleanor Claire Hilton Domm was asked to do a little celebratory research. What was Christmas like in...

Video: How to tie a turban

If you're after a Forties turban tying tutorial, here's a brilliant one. This British Pathe film shows how to tie a variety of turban shapes using one or two...

Lauren Bacall: the lady and ‘The Look’

The Old Hollywood set is brimming with style icons. One of the stand out faces and personalities from the Forties, which still continues to fascinate us today, is Lauren Bacall. Alison Rowley looks at...