Glamour, January 1958

Last week I was a bit hard on the Glamour cover that I chose to feature, so this week I thought I’d go with one that is a lot more to my liking.  I know it is matchy-matchy, but isn’t that what this era was about to some degree?

Carnations must have been THE flower of the late 1950s, because we see one yet again.  How about the clever way it is pinned on her coat through the brooch?  And I really love the grey eyeshadow which is  French Grey from Elizabeth Arden.

The cloche hat is from Emme, and the price in 1958 was $49.  That’s almost $384 in 2012 dollars!

Photographer:  Diane and Allan Arbus
Model: Christa Vogel
Copyright: Condé Nast

14 Comments

Filed under Too Marvelous for Words

14 responses to “Glamour, January 1958

  1. I love everything about her look! Such a pretty cover! =)

    Like this

  2. MC

    So pretty! I really like the matchy-matchy look of the ’50s, myself. I love that clever use of her brooch, too.

    Like this

  3. allwaysinfashion

    Glamour was my favorite magazine starting as a young teen in 1956. I could hardly wait for every issue (a year’s subscription was $3.50). I poured through each one cover-to-cover and back again (including this one). Long story short, I grew up to work there— for 25 years (1965-1990)!!!

    Like this

  4. Christina

    Denver Colorado, the “Carnation Capitol of the World.” From what I’ve read there was a big marketing drive to get consumers to buy the carnation and it was very popular in the fifties. There’s a very good online archive at Colorado State University which has a chronology showing carnations being used in fashion and interiors etc. A Glamour cover suggests you can also, “Be more Beautiful in 1959″ – just in case 1958 didn’t work out. Page 2 from this link has some good fashion examples;

    http://tinyurl.com/d23mur6

    Like this

  5. Such a cute hat despite the ridiculous price!

    Like this

  6. The whole outfit has been put together so beautifully. I love the cloche hat and clever use of the brooch/carnation. I have a rayon scarf from the 1950s, patterned with different coloured carnations.

    And the extortionate price for the hat, can still be found in certain high-end fashion glossies today, eg. £1,200 for a t-shirt dress . . . . . I could go on. Ugh!

    Like this

    • Prices like this would be expected in a Vogue or Bazaar of the 50s, but Glamour was for a younger consumer – college girls, young “housewives” and girls with a job. My mother would have been in this group in 1957, and my dad had a good job, but there is no way she could have spent $49 ($384) on a hat. But fashion magazines are dream machines, aren’t they?

      Like this

  7. I love this cover, so pretty! Xxx

    Like this

  8. Teresa

    I don’t how she could be any more beautiful! The cover is goregous and I adore her cloche.

    Like this

  9. Ruth

    I do remember everything being matching in the 60′s–it was a faux pas not to! Especially in the conservative midwest I grew up in. The girl in junior high who wore the heavy eyeliner and mascara was still considered “fast”, nowadays she would be right in style!

    Like this

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s