Vintage evening dresses to look like Dorothy Danridge

By Sisi Tsoi

Hollywood Siren of the Day- Dorothy Dandridge. Anytime that I am lost for something to do, or I'm having that quiet moment with an iced green tea on a bright friday afternoon, I could get involved in my old movie collection. Thought to be one of my favorites with a very strong, vintage persona that I adore, is Carmen. The lively actress with an enticing power that could draw a person into devastation, eventually led her to her own downcast destiny. This is definitely a story to see, a story of lust and devastating attraction. The actress who performs this role, drew my attention as i saw a movie about her life.

Halle Berry, who plays her, was the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Oscar. Her road to super stardom could not be more sparkling and full of guarantee. Dorothy Dandridge was born in 1922, to Ruby Dandridge, an aspiring actress, and Cyril Dandridge, a cupboard maker and minister. After her mum and dad separated, Ruby formed an act for Dorothy and her other child, under the name of 'The Wonder Children'. This life of entertainment and dreams led to an infancy of non-stop moving and non-existent schooling.

Growing up in the depression era, Dorothy and her family suffered great hardship like a lot of other Americans. Ruby moved the family to Hollywood and managed to find a steady income, playing bit-part roles as servants in movies. 'The Wonder Children' were renamed 'The Dandridge Sisters' and they played in famous venues like 'The Cotton Club'. I watched the movie named after this famed venue, and was instantly fascinated by the place. Filled with black musicians and dancers, the rich and famous attended this decadent joint to experience some of the jazz magic.

Dorothy played lots of bit-part roles as faraway, beautiful females in Hollywood motion photographs. She landed her first little, but imperative part with Lex Barker and Virginia Huston as Tarzan and Jane. Even though her part was miniscule, it completely was important enough for her to be uncovered.

Her significant point that landed her in the spotlights, was the picture pertaining to Carmen. Played by a virtually all black cast, unheard of at the time, she supplied a striking and high quality performance. It's an ode to a bygone indulgent time, where glorious personal grooming was required of almost everyone. Gentlemen wearing suits and with slicked-back hair, girls donning tailored dresses with ease, everyone looked perfect.

I especially love the way that Carmen's flamenco inspired, red skirt is used as a symbol. Her attitude mixed with her red skirt, is inviting and alluring, yet issues warning signs at the same time. Her look can easily be imitated with a bit of imagination, without dipping into the vintage drawers. She wore a simple, jersey cropped top and overlay wrap, red skirt. Teamed with little kitten heels or black court shoes, you could be the symbol for men to die for too.

Dorothy's career was undeniably fugitive, with intolerance and misbehavior of the Hollywood system. Full of broken dreams and promises made by shady men around her, she will constantly be a harrowing, flaming siren in my heart.

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