Inspirational gallery: Lena Horne

Lena Horne, the most prominent African-American star of the Forties and Fifties silver screen with the heartbreakingly beautiful face and voice to match, was the first black performer to be signed by a...

Vintage style inspiration: Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo chose herself as the object of most of her paintings, exploring her gender and identity through her art. Her clothes and looks were an important prop, not only in her portraits but also in her...

The rise and fall of Mae Murray

Silent movie stars seem to have been forever falling from grace. Hollywood Hubris ran rampant through the paradisic Beverly Hills in the Twenties, and none of them seemed to learn from the crash-and-burn...

Tough Lover – a tribute to Etta James (part 2)

Writer Paul Culshaw continues his tribute to the legendary Etta James. Etta James dropped the Peaches in 1955. She went on to have another R&B hit with 'Good Rockin’ Daddy' but a follow up was hard to...

My grandmother – my style icon

As a vintage lover you can get your style inspiration from many places - books, films, paintings. Yet nothing beats chatting to the people who pioneered the styles we are trying to emulate. Vintage fashion...

The Vintage Librarian reviews: Dressing Marilyn

Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla (by Andrew Hansford, published by Goodman, £20, available in all good book shops and online) offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at...

Inspirational gallery: Ziegfeld Girls

When it comes to glamour, poise and beauty, nothing beats the famous Ziegfeld Girls. These chorus girls from Florenz Ziegfeld's theatrical spectaculars known as the Ziegfeld Follies (1907–1931) - based on...

Vintage style icon: Wallis Simpson

During her lifetime Wallis Simpson mainly made headlines for her relationship with King Edward VIII and his abdication which was constitutionally necessary for them to marry. Today, Wallis is is still in...

Diana Dors: portrait of a post war pin-up

Do blondes have more fun? Did 1950s bombshells have platinum curls, voluptuous curves, endless lashes and flirty dresses? Case closed! But while many of us now consider Marilyn Monroe the archetype of that...