Thursday, January 30, 2014

5 Must Haves for the 1940's Femme Fatale

The Femme Fatale: Dangerously alluring, seductive, gorgeous.....and often lethal. A "fatal woman" who uses her feminine wiles to lure men to destruction. During the film noir era of the 1940's, the femme fatale flourished in American cinema. Some notable examples are Mary Astor (Maltese Falcon), Rita Hayworth (Gilda), Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity), Lizabeth Scott (Dead Reckoning), Patricia Morison (Dressed to Kill). and Joan Bennett (Woman in the Window and Scarlet Street). And of course, we can also include those fictional film divas from Monolithic Studios: Miss Gene Marshall (Red Venus) and Miss Madra Lord (The Lady or the Spider).

Patricia Morison
Here are 5 must haves that every femme fatale should own: A great pair of sunglasses, sumptuous fur, a divine cigarette holder, sexy dressing gown, and a fabulous Forties hairstyle.....

1. Rolled Bangs.  A hairstyle fit for a femme fatale. Think Barbara Stanwyck, Marie Windsor, Ida Lupino.

Gene Marshall in Detour
J'Adore Gene Marshall with a restyled wig cap borrowed from
Phoenix Gene by JamieShow

2. Sunglasses.  Nothing is more mysterious than a great pair of sunglasses. A femme fatale always wears the darkest pair possible.

Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity

3. Fur.  Whether it's a coat, jacket, or stole, there is nothing more dangerous than a femme fatale wrapped in glorious fur.

1940's cinched raccoon jacket
Photo courtesy

Shadow Song Gene Marshall in fur stole from C'est Moi.
Pinstriped suit from Brenda Starr, hat from Fashion Plot,
OOAK cigarette holder from The Couture Touch.

4. Cigarette Holder.  The 1940's femme fatale smokes her cigarettes in style using a long, elegant holder.

Joan Bennett, Woman in the Window, 1944

5. Dressing Gown or Peignoir.  At home glamour for the femme fatale.

Black peignoir
Photo courtesy

Special Scene Madra Lord in Red-dy for Love from Ashton Drake.

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