Top 10 Influential Fashion Films

This video is about a street poll on the influential role film has played in fashion. Stella McCartney, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and other UK designers such as Lulu Guinness, Philip Treacy and Oswald Boateng join design legend Giorgio Armani and international talent such as Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, John Rocha and Michael Kors to give their opinions. The overwhelming winner was Breakfast at Tiffany’s in which Givenchy established one of the most important wardrobe staples: the ‘LBD’ (little black dress) and the large black sunglasses. It is interesting to note that the majority of these iconic films, are vintage, proving the classics in style will be influencing fashion for decades to come.

The Top Ten
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
2. American Gigolo
3. Funny Face
4. Bonnie and Clyde
5. Desperately Seeking Susan
6. My Fair Lady
7. Pulp Fiction
8. The Great Gatsby
9. Thomas Crown Affair
10. The Graduate


Ancient Vintage Fashion Inspiration

Don’t feel bad if you look to past iconic eras of fashion for inspiration, everybody does. The decades that come to mind instantly might be the 70’s or even the 20’s.. sometimes it might be the BC’s!
Gwyneth Paltrow in Zac Posen at the 2007 Academy Awards

Dig Up Prom Photos to Share with Readers, IA

bilde-3.jpgOh dear this will be fun to see! If you are in the Des Moines area send in those vintage photos and you could “win a dinner for two at Centro to relive old prom memories with your date.”

For those of us not in the area we can enjoy looking at those old Prom pictures!

The oldies but goodies.
Got a photo of yourself in a dated dress?

  • Submit it to the Register at Further instructions are on the site.
  • You can also mail them to Prom Dress, Des Moines Register, P.O. Box 957, Des Moines, IA 50309.
  • Questions? Call 284-8438


History of Homecoming

The History of Homecoming

Dartmouth Bonfire: Homecoming is a tradition that has grown slowly through the decades. It is a time when students from different classes gather together to celebrate school spirit. In 1888, students from all four classes of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire built a bonfire to celebrate a baseball victory.
The Daily Dartmouth wrote: “It disturbed the slumbers of a peaceful town, destroyed some property, made the boys feel that they were being men, and in fact did no one any good.” Seven years later it was made official to celebrate class spirit. One visitor to the famed bonfire in 1914 was a young Winston Churchill.

The History of the Prom

photo180_1.gifThe Prom started in the 1920’s in the US and is the classic American rite of passage for students from all walks of life. One of the functions of the prom, planned from almost the very start, is to bring together people from all financial standings and heritage. Of course there have been controversies thoughout its history. Same sex and interracial couples have had to fight in court to get barriers to attending together removed. Photo,, 1950’s Prom Queen

History of the T-shirt

T-ShirtThe T-shirt is something that has not always been around. It was introduced to the USA in the early 20th Century. Back in World War II US soldiers saw workers in Europe wearing them and fellow European soldiers had them on under their uniforms. When summer came these soldiers would take off their top shirts and wear only the cotton “T” shirt underneath. US soldiers had wool shirts on, even in the summer, so of course they wanted that lightweight cotton shirt too. Its popularity spread quickly and soon became a standard piece of underwear in the US when they started bringing them home.

As early as the 1940’s politicians printed slogans on them. What really made the t-shirt cool was the movie industry. In Hollywood, actors like John Wayne, James Dean and Marlon Brando (he actually tore his t-shirt off in the film “Streetcar Named Desire”), dared to wear their “underwear” out in the open and made it look so good that people imitated them.