A Classic Movie Halloween!

September 30, 2009

Halloween is just around the corner, and I don't know about you, but I'm looking past all the ghoulish costumes and seeing this as an opportunity to dress up like a favorite movie star! Sorry, as much as I love them, Audrey and Marilyn are not on this list. I don't think my help is required to figure out how to steal their looks :)

I'll actually be wearing clothes I already own, but I put together nine ensembles that I wish I was wearing, instead! After hours (and hours.. and hours..) of work, here they are! Nine classic movie star-inspired Halloween outfits assembled by yours truly! Happy early Halloween!




















Edited 3/16 to add: I had to come back and edit this post because the images were all missing and the code was wonky. All of the items I had originally linked to are no longer available, so I removed the links.

38 comments:

TLC Inspirations said...

Wow, these are fabulous. I can't even begin to imagine how much time it took to search out all of these gorgeous items, but I thank you! I thoroughly enjoyed viewing these ensembles. I must say, you were pretty "spot on"...well done!

And, I hope you take your own advice and dress up as one of these divas...Ginger Rogers, perhaps?

Elizabeth said...

Oh wow!! I love all of these!!

a cat of impossible colour said...

This is an amazing post, and I want every single item of clothing you have featured. I am drooling (it's partly because I'm making pasta, but mostly because of the clothes).

KC said...

These are perfect! Each new outfit made me squeal with joy! This post was so worth all your hard work. What a fantastic idea.

Millie said...

Oh my gosh! This is crazy amazing!

I especially love Ingrid, Gene, Ginger, and Doris'! But, they are all amazing...and PERFECT! I'm amazed how well you capture the style!

Clare said...

Wow!! Hats off to you and all the work this must have taken. My favourite is Gene Tierney... off to go look up that dress!

Amanda Cooper said...

Wow! These are all amazing! Those first three are definitely my favorites, and I LOVE that Ginger Rogers jacket. : )

Kim said...

These are so cute. I especially love the ones for Ginger, Ingrid, and Gene. I would love to wear all of them though, if only I could afford it.

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Clever ensembles. That must have been a lot of fun to work on. It also illustrates how we identify a period of clothing with a particular actress. Great post.

Raquelle said...

I would like to purchase all of these outfits please!

Nicole said...

Ohhh wow that is so creatively neat! :) Very cool. :)

Maggie said...

Beautiful! I would wear any of these outfits on an every day basis (well, maybe except Rita's).
I would like to dress up as a star this year, but I always go to midnight Rocky Horror and dress up as Janet.

vivienne strauss said...

fantastic post!!! I want ALL of these outfits!!!! great work Kate :D

Caftan Woman said...

I want to be Glenda Farrell when I grow up!

DKoren said...

Wow! Amazing post! I want these outfits so badly!!! I don't know how you found these items, but they're perfect for each lady! I am particularly coveting that jacket on the Ginger picture.

Lolita said...

Wow! I'll take the Ruby Keeler and the Doris Day outfit, thank you! (I already have a Clara Bow dress like that, haha)

Mary said...

Wow how fun! I think I'd choose either Gene, Rita, or Clara.

A.C. said...

Wow! This was such a cool post! I love Glenda's dress and the hat for Gene is perfect! I'd love to wear any of these outfits, and not just for Halloween!

Mary said...

Wow how fun! I think I'd choose either Gene, Rita, or Clara.

Andi B. Goode said...

This is such a fantastic idea. You did such a great job!
I'd definitely go for Rita, personally. =]
-Andi x

Operator_99 said...

Nicely Done. Isn't masking and silhouetting and retouching and resizing fun. :-)

Becky said...

Rad! These are so fun!

Miss McCrocodile said...

So many kinds of wonderful! What fun! I wish I were a "Clara", but I know I'm really an "Ingrid".

Aire said...

Hi Kate,
What a great idea! Thanks for featuring our items! We appreciate the support.
<3 Aire
ModCloth.com

aguass said...

Just brilliant! When I was scrolling down I kinda knew who inspired each style without reading the name (and when I didn't it was just because the girl in question wasn't an actress of my acquaintance)...Great job! Lol, the Doris Day one is so Doris Day...my faves are the Ginger and Gene's ones :)

Andrea said...

Awesome, awesome post! I love the Gene Tierney look! You got them all spot on!

Sarah said...

AAH this is so flipping fun! I couldn't possibly pick a favorite, but being Rita for Halloween is a TOTAL possibility! That and Clara...I have a dress almost exactly like that from H&M that's navy with the fringies all over it. GAH I cannot wait for Halloween now!

Mercurie said...

If I were a girl, I think I would dress up as Doris Day for Halloween--the only drawback being I am not a blonde (but then I guess if I was a girl, I might be....)!

Elsie said...

I looove the Glenda one! I already get a large amount of daily inspiration from her. I want the shoes in the Clara outfit, too!

VP81955 said...

Very nice -- perhaps in a week or two you can do a part 2 for those ladies who'd like to dress like Lombard or Loy.

AlexIsAwake said...

Fabulous job here! I can tell this must've taken gobs of time, but what a great result. Definitely bookmarking this one for future reference. :)

Princess Fire and Music said...

These are all great costumes, although I particularly want the Ginger Rogers outfit -- and not for Halloween. ;)

Merriam said...

These are all so great, thank you so much! They are all exactly like each person would have dressed. It must have taken so much time.

Emily said...

These are amazingly cute! You have such a great eye for what matches and what makes a great outfit, without losing sense of the actresses' styles. :)
And I just love how you gave Ingrid flat shoes, since she didn't really like heels and thought she was tall enough (I completely know how she felt, haha) :D

Loes said...

Oooh Goodness. What a SWELL post :D We don't celebrate Halloween here in The Netherlands, but all these classic actress-inspired looks are suitable for the whole year round :D

emma said...

Thank You for this beautiful mode pictures witch I did´nt found somewhere else,

Audrey said...

I just came across this post, but WOW--these are perfect!! I'm impressed. You perfectly captured each actress's sense of style!

Diana said...

Oh no, the links don't show up/ work anymore! Is there any way you could repost them so we can see them again? I remember seeing them a few years ago and LOVING all of the costume ideas. Thanks so much!