Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lunch with Luciano

Wearing a sophisticated suit ensemble, American film diva Madra Lord arrived at the elegant St. George Hotel in Rome for lunch with famed Italian film director Luciano Emmer.  "Bellissima, my darling!"  Luciano exclaimed.

Miss Madra Lord
"Lunch with Luciano" features a beautifully detailed mustard and black checked, double-breasted jacket with tuxedo "tails"; slim black skirt, black gloves, and drop earrings. The original cream scarf is replaced with the lace blouse from Ashton Drake's "Hello Hollywood Hello" costume. A dramatic black feathered hat, "charm" bracelet (both from The Couture Touch), and black fur muff from Ashton Drake complete the stylish ensemble. And of course, every star needs a glamorous pair of sunglasses. (From Horsman's Vita Collection).

Photo courtesy Sandra Stillwell Presents....
Inspired by this circa 1950's suit ensemble from the House of Fontana, Sandra Stillwell created "Lunch with Luciano" exclusively for her 2015 Bellissima Italian Style!! event.

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This versatile jacket style can go from daytime chic to evening elegance as illustrated on this circa 1940's Vogue Couturier Pattern envelope.

So after a successful lunch with Luciano....what better way to spend the remainder of the day?  Why shopping, of course!  


Black Widow Madra Lord (enhanced with an Integrity body) is from Ashton Drake.
Photography backdrops are from

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Sophisticated Shirtwaist

Impeccably Cut....Magnificently Accessorized.....

Madra Lord knows a thing or two about accessorizing! She pairs the phenomenal "Reading for Rossellini", a dotted shirtwaist-style dress from Sandra Stillwell's Bellissima, Italian Style! event, with the delightful hat and purse from Ashton Drake's "Lucky Stripe" costume. Gloves are from Integrity. "Spotted in Manhattan" Madra Lord is from Mel Odom and JamieShow.

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The iconic shirtwaist was one of the most popular and successful dress styles in the 1950's. Originally called the "shirtmaker" dress, it was introduced and advertised by Best & Company in New York City in 1926. The shirtwaist is a two-piece dress, stitched together at the waistline. The traditional shirtwaist borrows details from a man's shirt, however there were many variations. Shirtwaist dresses were often made up in crisp fabrics such as cotton or silk, much like a men's shirt would be. The 50's version featured a full, billowy skirt with a wasp-like waist. Women found the style easy-to-wear and flattering to most figures. It easily went from the market at eight, to lunch with the girls at noon, to a bridge party at four with just a change of accessories.

A knitted shirtwaist from a pattern courtesy

Photo courtesy The Nifty Fifties.

Dovima on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, February 1952.
Photo courtesy D.Tarantula.

An early Fashion Royalty wears a classic yellow shirtwaist from Bogue's Vogues. 
Hat and purse are from Mattel. 

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Color and Design in Apparel by Bernice Chambers. Prentice-Hall, Inc.