After a lazy weekend of bubble baths and black and white films, I was in a really retro mood. Add to this my X-Factor favourite Rebecca Ferguson belting out a bit of Nina Simone on Saturday night and a mooch around Brick Lane’s vintage shops on Sunday, and I am positively brimming with 50s inspiration.
Good thing too, as all this vintage love will come in handy for my new job (writing for a gorgeous lingerie brand launching next year). So, while feeling ‘really retro’ (loving that expression), my obsession with saucy pin-ups came to the fore in the name of research for all things beautiful but a little risqué.
My favourite pin up artist is Gil Elvgren, I love the detailed scenarios in which he paints his pin ups, they never lack imagination or sass. Knowingly innocent, they are as much about fashion as they are about sex, I find myself lusting after the outfits and forget that they are intended to be lusted after for other reasons…
Here is a pick of a few of my favourites, which one do you like best?
Take note from Elvgren, and if you dress up to be sexy – also be stylish. Oohh la la!