Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ginger's Style Icons: Bettie Page

Bettie Page - vivacious vixen and perhaps the most iconic pin-up of all time. In the 50's, Page's red lips, raven hair and divine curves graced the pages of just about every American men's magazine there was to be found. Her shots are a wicked combination of sex and smiles.

"I've never seen the impish glee in Bettie's eyes in any other model," Elizabeth Snead, fashion editor USA Today.

Page's style and trademark bangs have had tremendous influence on fashion and pop-culture. You only have to look at the rockabilly indie girls of today to see the original pin-up girl's spirit shine through. A stroll through Wheels & Dollbaby must be somewhat akin to what it'd be like to peruse Bettie's wardrobe. She has even reached the runways of Milan; inspiring the likes of Dolce & Gabbana in collections laced with corsets, fishnet stockings and lingerie.

"I never kept up with the fashions. I believed in wearing what I thought looked good on me." - Bettie Page

In her handmade bikinis (yes she made them herself), leopard print and leather, she laid the foundation for the cult and fetish scenes we see today; from burlesque to bondage.


April Rose said...

you took my pic once and it inspired me to start my own blog. It makes me happy when lovely perth ladies get out there!

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