The Pin-Up look


The Pin-Up look.

Ever since seeing ‘The Blue Dahlia’ with the mysterious, icy cold and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful film sirens of the golden age of Hollywood, Veronica Lake, or perhaps it was ‘Gilda’ with the irresistibly seductive Rita Hayworth, whose charms had devastating consequences for men, I’ve been drawn to the femme fatales of the filmic 1940s and 50s.

What caught my interest was their immaculate look, the attention to details executed in the form of perfect make-up, hair and wardrobe that accentuated their beautiful bodies while cleverly hiding its weaknesses. It was an impossibly perfect look that found it’s opposite of the same era in the Pin-Up girl, a less sophisticated design, all sugary sweet like a cheesecake, smiling scantily-clad, seemingly doe-eyed innocents like Betty Grable, who’s images were pinned to the walls of auto-shops and factories across America and were meant to make the soldiers of WWII forget for a brief moment that they were far away from home or perhaps remind them that the all American next door girl was waiting for their safe return. Though the 1940s was the era that popularised the pin-up look, its origins can be traced back to the 19th Century when actresses, pinned their photographs to the walls of theatres as a form of advertisement. Then came the Gibson Girl, a look named after it’s creator Charles Gibson, who produced magazine covers of what was a man’s perspective on the ideal woman. A less pure and decidedly more naughty version came with the advent of the Ziegfeld Follies in New York. First produced in 1907, it was part Broadway show part Vaudeville, its notoriously lightly-clothed chorus dancers were known as Ziegfeld girls. One of them, Anna Mae, became the wife of Alberto Vargas, an American illustrator who’s pin-up girl images featured in Esquire Magazine and later Playboy.


Rita Hayworth as Gilda.

Rita Hayworth for Life magazine

Rita Hayworth photographed by Robert Landry for Life magazine in 1941.

Pin Up girl

Rita Hayworth

Pin Up girl

Iconic picture of Betty Grable

Pin Up girl

Ann Miller

Pin Up girl

Veronica Lake

Vargas Pin-Up

Vargas book & an Appletini 🙂

Inspired by the Pin Up girls of the 1940’s with an added modern twist and a dash of Femme Fatale I present my interpretation of The Pin Up look.

Valentino silk top.

Max Mara pencil skirt

Wittchen pumps

CHANEL Arthur lipstick

CHANEL Pirate nailpolish

Pin-Up look

The Pin- Up look photographed by Gregory Michael King

Modern Pin Up

The Pin- Up look with a modern twist. Dominique de Merteuil photographed by Gregory Michael King.

Modern Pin Up

The Pin- Up look with a modern twist. Dominique de Merteuil photographed by Gregory Michael King.

Pin Up girl

CHANEL Arthur lipstick

CHANEL Arthur lipstick

CHANEL Pirot nailpolish

CHANEL Pirate nailpolish



3 Responses
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    February 21, 2017

    Hi Dominique,
    How are you? Cute blog. Sorry I haven’t really been in touch. Life with 2 kids is so hectic. No time for Anything.

    I wanted to as for advice about printing from photoshop. I remember all the things you thought me. I am still learning and trying to get better. It’s very basic but I am proud of myself for learning I frequency separation. How could I be without it for so long?? I seem to have trouble with the settings. Could I email you pls?
    Thank u so much.

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    June 23, 2015

    Cute post 🙂

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