Lately my two favourite materials are leopard print and lurex. I love the bold and over the top glamour they represent. I also love their association with “bad taste” since I’m deeply uninterested in the concepts of “tasteful” and “effortless” style. You won’t find Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn on my list of style inspirations, and more is definitely more in my book.
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect leopard coat (50s/60s swing coat with big collar or possible 40s with wide puff shoulders) but haven’t found it yet, mostly because all leopard coats on Ebay and Etsy seem to be size large for some reason.
I realised I have an incredible amount of leopard print themed photos on my computer when I was preparing this post, and I had a hard time deciding which to choose. There are a few cheetahs, ocelots and similar prints thrown in as well. I might make a lurex post later!
Toby Wing in something leopard printed I can’t quite make out. It might be panels on the coat, or a scarf. The other girl is Verna Hillie. Source: Valentino Vamp
Carole Lombard. Source: Valentino Vamp
Dolores Del Rio in the ultimate leopard outfit, from Journey Into Fear (Which I haven’t actually seen, but this outfit makes me think I really should).
Beautiful Acquanetta in Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (haven’t seen this either).
Source: Dr. Macro
Barbara Stanwyck looking fantastic in leopard. Source: Annamouse
Burlesque dancer Mary Mammon looking perfect on leopard fur. Source: Vintage Burlesque Photos
Burlesque dancer Tongolele. Source: Vintagegal
Marilyn Monroe wore a great leopard cape in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Source: Dr. Macro
Chinese movie star Bai Guang lounging on pink leopard. Source: Soft Film
And wearing a leopard dress. Source: Soft Film
Jane Russell looking supremely cool in leopard coat and leopard sunglasses. Source: Vintagegal
Vanda Hudson in a leopard bikini. Source: Truus, Bob and Jan too!
Elegant dress with ocelot trim from the 1959 Kays autumn/winter catalogue. Source: Kays catalogue archive
I love the trim on this suit and have planned for ages to make a similar set of collar and cuffs. Source: Burda archive
Lots of leopard accessories from the 1964 Sears fall catalogue. Source: Sears archive on Ancestry
Yu So Chow in an absolutely fabulous outfit with leopard pillbox hat. Source: Soft Film
And looking amazing in a leopard coat and pumps. I love this entire look. Source: Vintagegal
“Cleopatra was a Dutch striptease dancer who performed her act in a cage with two lions. ” Source: Vintage Burlesque Photos