The 1950s were an enormously influential decade for American style, and 1950s hairstyles shifted accordingly. Post-WWII, the US was rebuilding its economy and moving (haltingly and often painfully) towards social change. The dynamism and simultaneous retreat to more conservative times are both apparent in the era's styles, which veer wildly from rockabilly hair to pixie cuts and primly waved bobs. It was a time of great change and style to match, so check out some of the decade's most prominent highlights.
Here's an excerpt of a Bettie Page-inspired how-to done by OnSugar blog Fierce Beauty:
Wanted to share with you some photo shoot fab that I got my hands on. I am super excited about these images as I did both hair and makeup on this shoot. Photographer Nevin Jethmalani takes some awesome shots, (view his work here), and we make quite the team — if I do say so myself. The look was kind of a modern Bettie Page-meets-Grease II chic you, know? The look is pretty simple actually, all you need is a foundation that will offer flawless coverage, lips, and contour.
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This year, our condolences were not only extended to people, they were also given to businesses. It was the gasp heard around the world when Yves Saint Laurent passed in June. Mr. Blackwell, the man known for his annual worst-dressed list, also left us, as did Pinup queen Bettie Page. But more shocking were the deaths of longstanding retail stores such as Mervyn's and Steve & Barry's. What's more, Bill Blass decided to close its doors and the great Valentino Gharavani retired. Let's pay homage.
- Valentino bids adieu to the fashion world.
- Rest In Peace Yves Saint Laurent.
- Rest In Peace Mr. Blackwell.
- Rest In Peace Mervyn's.
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RIP the Pinup Queen, Bettie Page Alas, another legend has passed. If you're a Dita von Teese fan, make sure to pay homage to the original pinup queen, Bettie Page. She lived to be 85 and passed away yesterday in LA. She broke the rules in the '50s. She had a hand in the exploration of female sexuality, creating a liberated character in risque lingerie and skimpy bikinis — not too mention taboo toys like whips and eye masks. Here's to you, Miss Bettie.
- Iconic pinup model Bettie Page has died at age 85. — AFP
- Summit Entertainment has moved the release date for its comedy The Brothers Bloom (starring Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody, and Rachel Weisz) from Dec. 19 to May 15. — Zap2It
- American Idol is canceling Idol Gives Back this year and might have 36 instead of 24 semifinalists. — MSNBC
- It's confirmed: There's a "reimagining" of A Nightmare on Elm Street in the works. — ComingSoon
- Comedy team Lonely Island (consisting of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer) has signed a record deal and will release its debut album, Incredibad, on Feb. 10. — Billboard
- Don't worry: The Full House remake is completely dead. — E! Online
- Oliver Stone is planning to make a documentary about Venezuela's controversial President Hugo Chavez. — Variety
- Dawson's Creek's Grams (Mary Beth Pell) will guest-star with Joshua Jackson on Fringe. — TV Guide
- Ben Stiller is set to replace Mark Ruffalo in the Noah Baumbach dramedy, Greenburg. — The Hollywood Reporter
Alas, another legend has passed. If you're a Dita von Teese fan, make sure to pay homage to the original pinup queen, Bettie Page. She lived to be 85 and passed away yesterday in LA. She broke the rules in the '50s. She had a hand in the exploration of female sexuality, creating a liberated character in risque lingerie and skimpy bikinis — not too mention taboo toys like whips and eye masks. Here's to you, Miss Bettie.