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Get the Look: Carmen Miranda ~ VFG Fashion Parade for the week of June 30th

Discussion in 'PUBLIC VFG Fashion Parades' started by thespectrum, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. thespectrum

    thespectrum VFG Member Staff Member

    Get the Look: Carmen Miranda

    This week we celebrate the lady in a tutti-frutti hat, Carmen Miranda. Although labeled by Hollywood studios as the “Brazilian Bombshell,” the singer/actress expressed herself through a number of Latin musical styles. Beginning in 1939, her signature look was most of all a glamorized version of a poor black Brazilian girl from Bahia. As the War years went on her image became ever more stylized and glamorous in the Hollywood films that made her famous.

    Criticized from various fronts for being “too Latin,” “too black,” and “too American,” what she really was can now be seen as uniquely Carmen Miranda. Elements of her look, to be used singularly or (if you’re ready to rumba!) full-on, are a turban or other headdress, towering platforms, bold jewelry, sequins, cropped tops, golden flourishes and bright and colorful Latin-centric clothing. Oh, and fruit, whether piled onto your head, made into jewelry or in a print. Let bananas be your business this week, for the sake of the iconic Carmen Miranda.

  2. Marzilli_Vintage

    Marzilli_Vintage VFG Member

  3. The Vintage Merchant

    The Vintage Merchant Administrator Staff Member

    i KNEW you would have some fantastic Carmen-esche goodies, Lynne!! :clapping:
  4. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  5. carla rey

    carla rey VFG Member

  6. Metro Retro Vintage

    Metro Retro Vintage VFG Member

    I just love that costume, MJ!
  7. cmpollack

    cmpollack VFG Member

  8. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

    Wow, cool!! Great stuff everyone!

    I'm working on my Carmen Miranda-ble items and these two for sure will have links tomorrow.

    70s Glentex stretch sequined tube top
    50s bananas pin

    Maybe the lady in the tutti-frutti hat would like my tutti-frutti bag?
  9. Pinkcoke

    Pinkcoke Alumni

  10. thespectrum

    thespectrum VFG Member Staff Member

  11. Metro Retro Vintage

    Metro Retro Vintage VFG Member

  12. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

    Kind of getting into this Carmen persona thing!

    Here are three large plastic flower pins. Gold, dark green and cream:

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