16 Vintage Halloween Photos of Hollywood Starlets and Pin Ups

Happy October everyone!

So excited that it’s finally October! My favorite month of the year! In order to begin the celebration, I compiled a little photo list of lovely pin ups and actresses from yesteryear.

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Style Inspiration: Elizabeth Taylor, the Diamond of Hollywood

She’s an inspiration because:

  • her confidence
  • bold brows
  • violet eyes
  • fabulous figure
  • over a six-decade acting career
  • contributions to HIV/AIDS through her foundation

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born in the UK on February 27th, 1932 to American parents. Her mother was an actress until she married, and though this was not a sign that this was what the future held for Elizabeth, her natural talents were. From the age of three, she took up dancing, and gave recitals.

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Pin Up Artist Mini Bio: Edward Runci

While at home, getting over Laryngitis ( I sound like a 100 year old who’s been smoking for 80 years), I thought I’d make a little post on one of my favorite pin up artists. I do have a few, so prepare to see a few of these! Let’s get started!

Edward Runci (1921-1986)

Originally from Sicily, he moved to the US in the 1930s. He became a portrait artist in Hollywood. After WWII, his career really took off, not only was he an amazing painter of pin ups with oil paints for calendars, but he also created averts for famous companies like Coca Cola. Interestingly, he also painted clowns, landscape scenes, and portraits of celebrities in Hollywood.

His pin ups are flirty and fun, and sometimes get caught in situations where the viewer gets a little peek-a-boo of her garment. His 1950’s pin ups are typical of the era, being inspired by the blonde bombshells of the time (Marilyn, Mansfield, etc).  In terms of his artistic style, Edward did not receive any formal training, but his talents did not show this fact, and his skills are comparable with Gil Elvgren.

He spent his later years in Big Bear Lake, CA, where he had a studio and an art school.

Here’s some of his lovely works:

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Shadow Puppet Runci

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Beach Runci

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portrait by runci

I hope you guys enjoyed reading! Also, if you enjoy pin ups and randomness, like my Facebook page!

 

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Autumn Style Inspiration: Dita Von Teese

Maybe speaking about her and mentioning her is a faux pas. I mean she’s everywhere I look, but one thing is for sure: she’s very stylish. She dresses lovely not only to the gym but even to the grocery store. When you only have pretty things in your closet, you wear only pretty things. With this in mind, I am working on creating a stylish closet filled with only nice things. Here are some of her cooler weather outfits which will never go out of style and are my inspirations for the fall:

Dita Von Teese Fall ispiration by The Vintage Cat
Photos courtesy of: Pocket Venus

Do you ladies have a style inspiration either a modern one or a vintage one?

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Dita Von Teese drapes herself in black at LAX

I started dressing vintage when I was a teenager because I didn’t have money for designer clothes.

-Dita Von Teese