Words by Sophia Florence
Images by My Boudoir
Model October Divine

It seems like Marilyn Monroe is the go-to look for people are doing vintage inspired photo shoots or who are looking to start wearing vintage style clothing. One example of this is Kendall Jenner’s recent photo shoot recreating the blond bombshell’s look, but there are many vintage fashion icons whose looks are worth recreating.

The Roaring Twenties – Clara Bow

Known as the “it girl” of the 1920s, this actress exuded sex appeal. Her outfits were copied by women all around the world when she starred in the movie “It”. Women started to wear shorter hemlines and they also copied her hair and make-up. She was one of the most popular flapper girls, getting at least 45,000 fan letters a month.

The Turbulent Thirties – Greta Garbo

This actress is known as an icon of Hollywood’s golden era from her sultry alluring voice to her glamorous costumes. Off screen, she preferred to dress for comfort rather than follow trends; she was also known for bringing turtlenecks, pants, and trench coats into women’s fashion. She became so popular that she was ranked most popular female star in the U.S in 1930 and 1931. Despite her fame Greta made very few public appearances. When asked why in an interview in 1928 she stated: “As early as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be alone. I detest crowds, and I don’t like many people” but her desire to be out of the limelight only made people like her even more and helped her image as the silent recluse woman of mystery.

The Flying Forties – Katharine Hepburn

An actress that is known for her androgynous style that stood out in a time when other actresses were all about glamour and dresses and heels. Katherine took inspiration from menswear – she wore tailored trousers, oversized blazers and loafers. She kept her accessories to a minimum, allowing her clothes to take centre stage. She also shunned Hollywood publicity and refused to conform to society’s expectations of a woman. Ahe epitomized the modern women in the 20th century.

The Fabulous Fifties – Eartha Kitt

An actress, singer, dancer, activist and comedian that is known for hit songs such as Santa Baby, Love for Sale, and C’est Si Bon. She was always seen in the most glamorous of fashions – she wore luxurious pearls in the recording studio and jaw-dropping gowns that hugged her petite but curvy figure while on stage. She is truly a fashion icon.

The Swingin’ 1960s – Tippi Hedren

This model, actress, and animal rights activist is best remembered for being on the covers of Life and Glamour magazine and also for playing Melanie Daniels in the film “The Birds”. She is known for wearing the moss-green suits  during the production of the film. I said “suits” plural because Tippi wore six moss-green suits during the entire production of the film.


Lisa Harrison
Written by Lisa Harrison
Lisa is the Deputy Editor of Vintage Life Magazine and Publisher at Dragoon Publishing. She is avid bookworm, collector of vintage homeware, loves travel, lazy weekends away and eats way too much cake!