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Farewell to the last of the 'Ladies with an attitude...'.

Byline: Emma Johnson

FROM Ginger Rogers' maroubou-trimmed ballgowns to Grace Kelly's twin sets and pearls, from Katharine Hepburn's wide-legged trousers to Rita Hayworth's satin column dresses and tumbling waves, it is fair to say that the goddesses of Hollywood's Golden Age provided me with one of my first introductions to the world of high fashion.

ROM Ginger Rogers' maroubou-trimmed ballgowns to Grace Kelly's twin sets and pearls, from Katharine Hepburn's wide-legged trousers to Rita Hayworth's satin column dresses and tumbling waves, it is fair to say that the goddesses of Hollywood's Golden Age provided me with one of my first introductions to the world of high fashion.

I may have been born many decades after they were released, but movies like How To Marry a Millionaire, An American In Paris, All About Eve and Top Hat left an indelible mark on my style psyche.

I may have been born many decades after they were released, but movies like How To Marry a Millionaire, An American In Paris, All About Eve and Top Hat left an indelible mark on my style psyche.

I guess you could blame my nanna. I can't tell you how many rainy afternoons we must have spent watching the likes of Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra woo leading ladies like Cyd Charisse and Ava Gardner, before delving into the dressing up box to fashion me a frock fit for a night out at a Broadway dinner club.

before delving into the dressing up box to fashion me a frock fit for a night out at a Broadway dinner club.

Did I mention that I was probably all of eight years old? Did I mention that I was probably all of eight years old? I struggle to remember many of the films' storylines but, oh how much I loved the dazzling dresses and the swirling skirts and I spent countless hours in heated rollers in the hope that I would emerge looking like Veronica Lake.

I struggle to remember many of the films' storylines but, oh how much I loved the dazzling dresses and the swirling skirts and I spent countless hours in heated rollers in the hope that I would emerge looking like Veronica Lake.

I'm far from the only one to have been swept up by the glamour of film legends like those mentioned above.

I'm far from the only one to have been swept up by the glamour of film legends like those mentioned above.

Every year at the Oscars starlets look back to the Forties and Fifties for hair and make-up - not to mention dress - inspiration.

Every year at the Oscars starlets look back to the Forties and Fifties for hair and make-up - not to mention dress - inspiration.

Much of the Queen of Pop Madonna's blonde ambition has its roots in the famous looks of Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe.

Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe.

Not only did she make herself in their image for a large part of her career, but she penned one of her best known songs in honour of these screen sirens and their counterparts.

Not only did she make herself in their image for a large part of her career, but she penned one of her best known songs in honour of these screen sirens and their counterparts.

"They had style, they had grace..."

"They had style, they had grace..."

the Material Girl sang on her 1990 hit Vogue before name-checking 16 " the Material Girl sang on her 1990 hit Vogue before name-checking 16 icons of the era, the "Ladies with an attitude" and "Fellows that were in the mood".

icons of the era, the "Ladies with an attitude" and "Fellows that were in the mood".

Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Katharine Hepburn, Lana Turner and Bette Davis have all long since gone off to the great silver screen in the sky and this week, 24 years after the song's release, we lost the last of Madonna's list with the death on Tuesday of Lauren Bacall, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by movie and music fans alike.

Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Katharine Hepburn, Lana Turner and Bette Davis have all long since gone off to the great silver screen in the sky and this week, 24 years after the song's release, we lost the last of Madonna's list with the death on Tuesday of Lauren Bacall, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by movie and music fans alike.

A fashion magazine cover girl, Lauren Bacall, left, got her big screen break in 1944 starring alongside Humphrey Bogart in To Have And to Have Not.

A fashion magazine cover girl, Lauren Bacall, left, got her big screen break in 1944 starring alongside Humphrey Bogart in To Have And to Have Not.

With her sharp brows, rolling side-swept waves and cat-like eyes, she made for a textbook film noir femme fatale and won over not only cinemagoers but Bogie himself - despite him being 25 years her senior, they married in May 1945. My own dad is among her biggest fans.

With her sharp brows, rolling side-swept waves and cat-like eyes, she made for a textbook film noir femme fatale and won over not only cinemagoers but Bogie himself - despite him being 25 years her senior, they married in May 1945. My own dad is among her biggest fans.

Given our fondness for nostalgia, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Madonna's Vogue back in the charts at the weekend off the back of Bacall's passing.

Given our fondness for nostalgia, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Madonna's Vogue back in the charts at the weekend off the back of Bacall's passing.

It would be a fitting tribute not only to the woman who taught us how to whistle, but to all of those screen stars stylish and graceful, not to mention remarkable, enough to be immortalised in music and I know I would be more than happy to strike a pose in their honour.

to mention remarkable, enough to be immortalised in music and I know I would be more than happy to strike a pose in their honour.

I wonder whether my nan has still got that dressing up box...

I wonder whether my nan has still got that dressing up box...
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Date:Aug 16, 2014
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