Saturday, 13 November 2010

Retro showbiz style

Talking of drugs, this has to be the most stylish 'no smoking' sign I’ve ever seen, as photographed at the amazing Sands Films studio in London’s Rotherhithe – a hidden gem of a place that’s full of quirky curiosities and old fashioned charm.

Though Harry Potter (and associated film studios) have been in the news recently, you may not have heard of Sands, which incidentally, makes the costumes for the Tales of Beatrix Potter ballet productions (see below). The incredible thing about Sands is that they’re well and truly entrenched in the past in terms of their approach and methodology, yet they still produce top-rated films.

Anyone who appreciates or collects vintage clothing simply has to visit the huge period costume hire department. There are also all manner of accessories, including hats, umbrellas, masks, gloves, fans and corsets. And there's an extraordinary photographic library. Anyway, you can read more about Sands Films (and see more fabulous photos) in today’s Curious Trends article.

Staying with the showbiz theme, we’ve a rather nice book of old movie star photos at ShopCurious. Film star portraits of the fifties includes glamorous photographs of Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Gregory Peck, Marlene Dietrich, Doris Day, Elizabeth Taylor and many others. Might serve as a suitably starry Christmas gift for one of your parents, perhaps? Or maybe you have your own collection of movie star memorabilia?

Finally, more showbiz style over at The Dabbler, where the English rugby team is given a curiously French fashion make-over. Do check out their new outfits and let me know what you think.

Will you?


Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Absolutely agree that's the most glamorous 'smoking sign' ever!!
Fab weekend Susan!

ps: adore your hairstyle in prev post!


Style Porn said...

I would DIE to visit an archive of costumes like this. Why oh why does it have to be thousands of miles away on the other side of an ocean????

worm said...

I've always wanted to visit one of those fabulous treasure troves of fancy dress like the one at Sands!! (and I wouldn't mind being rich enough to actually afford to hire one of the really lavish costumes either...)

Susan said...

worm, I'd love to see you swaggering about in swashbuckling style - a nice pair of knickerbockers, a flouncy, frilled shirt and a fine brocade frock coat should do the trick.. all available at Sands!

Profoundly Superficial said...

That sign is smoking hot!!!!