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Jacqueline Kennedy Goes To India

October 18, 2013 by Unique Vintage | Celebrity Fashion

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We’re taking a little trip back, gals! Grab your pearls and pillboxes, because the divine Jackie is here to take us all on a much needed vacation!

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In March of 1962, the first lady embarked to Indian on a tour of goodwill in order to improve relations between our two nations; and she did it all in heels! Note the mid-arm length gloves, matching heels and multi-strand pearl necklace- all staples of both the first lady and American fashion at the time.

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Pictured here meeting with Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Jacqueline served as not only an goodwill ambassador to the President, but to the nation as well. She is the epitome of early 60s fashion here- complete with a matching dress and hat, as well as her pearls. The stark contrast between the two cultures was apparent upon her arrival, but Jackie made a point to reflect both her respect and admiration for the Indian culture through dress.

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While visiting New Dehli, Jacqueline is spotted in a knee length coat and dress ensemble, while sporting a matching wide brimmed hat of the period, as well as matching white accessories. A hat and pair of matching gloves have become something of a signature, and we constantly encourage anyone to “Jacqueline Kennedy” any outfit.

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While attending a reception in her honor as the U.S. Embassy in New Dehli, the first last opts for an early 60s formal satin trapeze style coat and matching dress. A structured, bouffant style up-d0 was just becoming popular within American fashion and many think that Jackie may have been responsible for the shift in hairstyles in the early 1960s.

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Pictured in from the Taj Mahal, Jackie worked closely with her personal designer Oleg Cassini to create a variety of lightweight dresses that reflected the culture and color of India. Many of the prints the first lady sported on this adventure were, at the time, considered too ethnic or loud for 1960s America. It wasn’t until years later did such bold prints begin to define 60s fashion.

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Pictured in a vibrant pink floral print, the first lady participates in both local custom and dress. The Rajasthani mark on her forehead is symbol of luck and respect. Note the coordinated headband, gals. Someone find us that immediately!

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And in her most famous look from the trip, a coral colored duchess satin dress became an international symbol of the first lady’s trip to a foreign sovereignty. So much so that it even became a collectible doll commemorating Jackie!

So what have we learned, darlings? That matching one’s wardrobe to one’s vacation is more important than you think.  Take a peek below at a few hand-picked pieces for our lady-like dream trip to India and we’ll book the plane tickets!

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UV Icon: Elizabeth Taylor

September 18, 2013 by Unique Vintage | Celebrity Fashion, Pin Up, Vintage Inspired

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When it comes to true divas of cinema past, few dames can compete with the incomparable Elizabeth Taylor.

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UV Icon: Clara Bow

August 23, 2013 by Unique Vintage | Celebrity Fashion, Flapper, Vintage Inspired

The recent revival of the Great Gatsby has brought the love of all things Jazz Age to the forefront of pop culture. In light of the spotlight on the 1920s, we wanted to celebrate one of the best known actresses of the era, Miss Clara Bow. With her bubbly personality and shock of henna-red hair, she personified the Roaring 20s and defined the flapper.

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UV Icon: Christina Hendricks

August 14, 2013 by Unique Vintage | Celebrity Fashion, Lifestyle, Pin Up

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There are few women in this world more divine than the stunningly incomparable Christina Hendricks, gals. Whether the stunning red head is making waves as Joan Holloway on the award winning “Mad Men” or sustaining a fabulous sense of personal style, Ms. Hendricks is an inspiration to hourglass-shaped dames everywhere!

 

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UV Icon: Jean Harlow

July 26, 2013 by Unique Vintage | Lifestyle, Vintage Inspired

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Before Marilyn, there was Jean Harlow, the original “Blonde Bomshell.” She left her mark on Hollywood and pop culture with her signature platinum locks and “laughing vamp” persona.

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Harlow rose to fame in the 1930s and was labeled a screen siren for her revealing costumes and quick witted dialogue. Her signature towheaded look inspired a platinum craze with many fans dying their hair to match hers.

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During her short ten year career, Jean Harlow established herself as one of the silver screen’s most captivating actresses and was a key inspirational figure for both Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. Ms. Harlow, tonight we “Vogue” in your honor.

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UV Icon: Bettie Page

July 12, 2013 by Unique Vintage | Pin Up

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There are few icons in the Pin Up community that reach a level of supernova stardom quite like the notorious Bettie Page.

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From her signature jet-black hair, to her now iconic bangs, Bettie Page will forever retain her title as the Queen of Pin Ups.

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Having gained popularity amongst a rather interesting subset of culture in the 1950s, Ms. Page found herself at the forefront of provocative imagery, while maintaining her wholesome “girl-next-door” persona.

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Perhaps best known for her shots with Bunny Yeager in Miami, Bettie inspired one pin up after another to hit the beach with both confidence and a hint of sexuality.

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The incomparable Bettie Page’s career spanned less than 10 years, but her lasting effect is a fabulous one.  Once a week, someone on the UV Team contemplates getting “Bettie Page bangs”- and they lovingly pose as though they were on the white sands of the Florida Keys circa 1955. Not to mention, Ms. Page has inspired such retro-inspired lines as the UV-favorite Bettie Page Clothing.

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So throw on those stilettos and slide into some stockings as we salute a UV Icon: the one and only, Bettie Page!