Monday, 18 January 2016

Bonnie - Fashion's New Darling (1968)


Bonnie - Fashion's New Darling

 '30s style beret with long cardigan suit by Elite.


Actress Faye Dunaway, the gun-toting Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde, has already done for the beret what Bardot did for the bikini. Now the fashion world's newest Darling is the stunning inspiration for a full-blast return to '30 styles, both here and abroad. Though revivals have cropped up before it took the impact of the film to bring about a new synthesis that (as shown in Gayle Kirkpatrick's outfits $100 and $125) blends the softness and droopy fit of the '30s with the swing and legginess of the '60s.

Left; This polka-dot cocktail dress ($185) is silk georgette (a'30s fabric). It has the characteristic limp flutter of the era, but a contemporary above-the-knee hemline. Dots on stockings match dress. Right; Resort outfit ($115) -as well as the other on this page - is from a '30s-inspired collection designed in Italy by Krizia and imported by Bendel. Period mid-calf length is styled for poolside luncheon.

Left; Stripe knit outfit ($110) combines typical '30s-style cardigan with a V-necked dress. The big-brimmed hat and the crochet edging used on the neckline are also straight out of the period.  Right; Simplicity of a Depression era housedress is glorified in mid-calf length dinner dress ($650) of rickrack sequins for drop-dead chic. The little linen collar is in keeping with the tongue-in-cheek poor look.

Above; Switching roles, Bonnie becomes Clyde. She wears pin-striped gangster suit from Geoffrey Beene ($495). Clyde, too, is making an impact on the girls; a return of tough tailoring as a change from the bias softness. Faye digs both looks.

Decades away from Bonnie and Clyde, Faye has a current movie-star look in mini-dress by John Moore ($500). Her whipped up curls are a wig arrangement by Kenneth, who often does her hair. 

All images scanned by Sweet Jane from LIFE magazine January 12 1968. All photographs by Greene-Eula. Watch the original trailer for Bonnie and Clyde. Read Roger Ebert's 1967 review of the film. View the 2009 BBC Timewatch documentary about The Real Bonnie and Clyde. Discover more about Blanche Barrow. Explore images & artefacts from the Dallas Police Department Historical Records and Case Files on the Clyde Barrow Gang.  And finally, Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot - performing Bonnie And Clyde (1968). And finally, The Trail's End, Bonnie Parker's original poetry & inspiration behind the lyrics.

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