Discover my 1950s style photo-shoot! I dress up in a raspberry pink silk evening dress for a Marilyn Monroe / Rita Hayworth inspired vintage party look!
Hey gorgeous! Welcome to 1953! This one’s a very special photo-shoot I did in collab with the very talented Neena Majumdar of Piamony Photography. This look is inspired by the 1950s era, vintage Hollywood beauties, including Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth. The late 1940s and early 1950s was the time of strapless silk gowns, ornate diamond necklaces and large, mermaid-style curls in long bobs and medium-length hair. Women had begun to popularize deep red glossy lips and long eyelashes.
It’s probably the most glamorous era in the history of fashion that still mesmerizes us all. So I wanted this fashion-shoot to be not just elegant, but also sensuous and romantic.
For this 1950s style outfit, I chose a deep pink, silk evening dress. It’s a gorgeous dress – knee length with an oversized bow-knot at the side of the waist, and ruched in the middle. I love it because the crushed raspberry shade suits my skin-tone and the silk looks very extravagant!
For this look, I accessorized quite a bit – with a pearl string bracelet, gold knotted necklace and earrings, and gold rings. Even the strappy stilettos are embellished.
This photo-shoot was done at my mom and dad’s home so all the backdrops are designed by me. It was a lot of fun shooting this because I’m mostly laughing and smiling in my shoots, but this time, I wanted to emulate the sensuous expressions of particularly the 40s, playing with the hands and with expressive eyes.
So I really hope you liked this 1950s style photo-shoot, because it has taken us months of planning and lots of hard work. Also follow Piamony Photography’s Facebook page to check out more of their work. And I also hope it gives you plenty of inspiration for party dressing this holiday season! Do comment below and lemme know because I’d love to hear your thoughts. As always, keep it stylish!
I was wearing:
Pink Silk Evening Dress: White House Black Market
Pearl String: Local Store in Bilbao, Spain
Gold Necklace Set, Rings: Family Heirloom
Perfume: Miss Dior
Gold Embellished Stilettos: Stilettos, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi
Nail Polish: 228 Chelsea, NYC
Hair & Makeup: Cleopatra Day Spa, Chandigarh
Photography: Piamony Photography
Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion.
Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]