Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Vintage Inspiration - Italian Movie Goddess Sophia Loren

This post has nothing to do with the fact that my husband is Italian. As a child, I often watched what is called today "old movies", and we also watched the Italian ones. Sophia Loren was of course in some of them, and I always admired her. She was so - Italian. I loved Italy as a teenage girl, and of course I had a weakness for Italian guys. (In Switzerland, we have so many Italian immigrants, they are almost part of our cultural identity.) 

According to me, she is a very beautiful woman, but she has the kind of beauty that doesn't fade with age. She has charisma, and from what I can judge, she should not be reduced to her looks, as I think she also is an interesting woman who worked a lot for her success. I think she could write books about growing up in war-time Italy, in a very poor place.

And I envy her for her figure!

Here are some pictures I found in the internet from my preferred eras to show her in some amazing outfits.

"Sex appeal is fifty percent what you've got and fifty percent what people think you've got."

A very young Sophia in the late 1940s.

In 1949, as a 15 year old girl, she attended to a beauty contest. Sophia is the girl in the middle with the white two-piece bathing suit.

Well, at 15 I looked rather different... And I think women today should look like this and not like some of those anorexic so-called super-models and movie starlets. Sorry for being so frank.

I love this skirt. I realised only on the other pictures of this session that the pleats with the dark border pattern open up to plain fabric. A pity there isn't any coloured version of these photographs...

And look at the amazing closure of the blouse!

How much I would love to have such a bathing suit. Alas, I have not Sophia's long legs and her very female curves...

This dress is so sweet. I think it would suit any woman.

"Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical."

Very subtle make-up, and lovely hair-style.

This outfit is just wonderful. Very simple, yet very elegant: a lace top over a bodice. If I ever cut my hair, I try to get such a cut.

"If you haven't cried, your eyes can't be beautiful."

Wonderful dress, great jewelry.

A blonde Sophia...
This dress is my favourite! I'm in love with the dropped waist, the embroidery, everything, including the Venetian scenery...

"A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view."

"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age."

This summer dress is fabulous as well. The printed fabric is a darling and would look great with any dress pattern.

Both dresses are wonderful. The first one is probably made of silk. Amazing pin-tuck detail of the neck-line! However, I was wondering when women began to shave their armpits... 

Sophia the kitchen goddess! With red hair! She even looks good when she is covered with flour. 

"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti."

If I am ever going to make a black dress with a white collar, it will look have to look like this!

"It's a mistake to think that once you're done with school you need never learn anything new."

This last and blurry picture is outstanding. It shows Sophia cuddling a very young Elvis Presley. Sophia, la mamma!

"When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child."

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