I was sitting here thinking to myself what I was going to be for Halloween and I thought I’d poke around on the internet to get some ideas. What sort of easy costumes are there for vintage loving pin-up girls like me?
This Halloween, most women (that is, 20-somethings) are usually tempted to be daring and bold and get carried away dressing up in the most revealing costumes (that’re usually meant as stripper-wear or for-bedroom-eyes-only) but here’s how you can get away with wearing your favorite slip dress outdoors this Halloween, be bold by wearing lingerie as outerwear and look classy doing it!
Go As Liz Taylor aka “Maggie the Cat”
from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof!
Very unusual acetate slip from the 1950s. There are two scallops near the near and this is where it could be cut to fit your height. $38 at Vintage Trends
Who designed the beautiful white slip dress Elizabeth Taylor wore?
HELEN ROSE. She also designed the white wrap dress. Helen Rose was one of the few top Hollywood Designers from the 1940s-60s. She costumed over 200 films for MGM, was honored with 10 Oscar nominations and two Oscar wins! She designed wardrobe for a long list of stars. She was Grace Kelly’s favorite, designing her wardrobe for “The Swan” and “High Society” AND her personal wedding gown as well as Elizabeth Taylor’s first wedding gown to Nicky Hilton, a white satin gown embellished with seed pearls and beading which had taken a number of beaders two months to complete!
Helen’s consumer line, “Helen Rose Couture”, existed from 1957-1972. In 1957, the price for her retail version of the Liz Taylor “Cat” short chiffon dress was $250!
I really want my Maggie the Cat costume to be authentic.
What’s so special about this slip dress?
The scalloped lace neckline and hem! Also, make sure you wear some shapewear underneath and/or opt for an opaque instead of sheer slip dress. You don’t want to catch a cold and Liz’s slip in the movie definitely wasn’t sheer enough to show off “the goods”.
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The low price for this gorgeous vintage lace and chiffon set is really a steal! You’ve got to adore the beautiful lace gloveletts, which attach to the finger and extend to the elbow in all of her lace splendor! Scalloped hem with triple lace and satin rose accents just welcome you with a touch of Southern hospitality. Dusk colored and elegant, this strapless beauty has ruched fabric accents along the drop waist and top. I have yet to see another one like this, and I am a vintage fanatic! I had this up on a photo sharing site that just got bombarded with requests about how to get one a year ago. I’m listing it now in time for Halloween. She’s so Scarlet O’Hara! The price is rock bottom because, despite the fact that all you have to do is look at chiffon wrong and it will crinkle, her chiffon does have some crimps. There are no tears to note or holes. The crimps are there, but her overwhelming beauty makes this a steal! She is priced 75% lower than she otherwise would be! Perhaps you’ve thought of being a Southern Belle for Halloween? Or maybe you have your own special occasion to wear it for. Whatever the case, enjoy this absolutely fabulous, and, (despite how much I try to avoid the words “rare” and “stunning” in my listings…you know what I mean by that? Those words on the internet buying sites are like those songs you used to love until the radio station played it six million times…), this really is a rare piece.
But if you’re really going to play it like Bette did in Jezebel.. you’ll have to decide if you’d rather look angelic in white -