• Vintage Visions: Dorothy Dandridge

    I blame Erykah Badu for placing me on a nostalgic high. Her slow-grooving jam, “Back In The Day” just finished and I’m feeling overwhelmingly retrospective. I’ve always possessed a firm appreciation for everything vintage. I love vintage dresses, shoes, cars – anything you name – I admire it all! So, for today’s little feature, I decided to step outside the box.

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    Vintage Visions are throwback features that highlight the fashion of the previous eras that have paved the way for present day inspiration.  Aside from acknowledging the past, I see this feature as a way of raising awareness; furthermore, I also see it as a refresher in a world filled with crop tops and gold chains.
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    The subject I chose for today needs no introduction. She’s a legend in my eyes and her legacy continues to serve as motivation for those who follow in her footsteps. Dorothy Dandridge’s chic style and elegance instantly garnered her a spot among Hollywood’s hottest stars. As a singer, dancer and actress, her fashion bordered along the lines of seductive yet conservative. Most famous for her film Carmen Jones, Dandridge was a pivotal force in the 1950s.

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    From off- the-shoulder tops to belted jumpsuits, the styles Dandridge rocked back in the day are the “trends” of today’s generation. She maintains a certain ladylike quality that literally jumps at you within each of her photos. Some may call it ‘admiration’ while others might call it ‘old-fashioned’ – I simply call it ‘respect’.

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    Are you a Dorothy Dandridge fan? If so, check out Claire’s Candy Bomb Dorothy Dandridge tee available now! (I purchased The Josephine and I wear it with everything!)

    Thoughts on the Vintage Visions feature? Any ideas on who should be showcased next?

    Signing Out — Esmesha

    Esmesha Campbell

    Esmesha Campbell is a staff writer for Fashion Bomb Daily.

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