The definition of sasspot, Rita Hayworth is and will always be the ultimate femme fatale in her signature flick, Gilda. Those flame red pin curls, that killer pout and those totally gorge evening gowns had ‘iconic’ written all over them from the get-go, so it’s no surprise that her glamourous style is as relevant today as it was back then – and it’s especially perfect if you’re seeking inspiration for the invitation season!

A sort of role reversed James Bond effect, Rita as Gilda left every woman wanting to be her and every man wanting to be with her. What’s more, fashion and film noir have been going together better than gin and tonic, toast and jam or even Brangelina since the ‘40s, with noticeable influences cropping up everywhere from the new season catwalks to the modern day movies. So, if you’ve got a posh do coming up and the screen siren look dings your bell then keep reading, lady!

The not so little black dress with a not so little thigh split…

Arguably the most iconic noir gown to date, Gilda’s black evening dress is proof that an understated palette can still mean that the dress does the talking (and in this case it’s saying “hello hot stuff!”). When a reporter once asked what held up her famous frock, Rita cheekily replied “two things!” making a bandeau like this Lipsy Maxi Dress the perfect pick for stylistas who want to emulate that Hollywood hourglass figure (we’re looking at you Kimmy K shapes!). Stylist Tip: A good, supportive strapless bra and even a little tape are essentials for this shape!

Put the blame on these, boy…

Fabulous frocks came thick and fast throughout the film with standout styles like Gilda’s stunning embellished grecian look. Costumier Jean Louis teamed the number with chunky cuffs and armour type jewels in a styling trick that was perhaps way ahead of it’s time! Note her plunge casino dress too that ensured all eyes on her! Wowzers.

Get the look at Very.co.uk….

Ashley Roberts for Key Goddess Dress, Forever Unique Lavine Maxi Dress, Ashley Roberts for Key Cleopatra Dress.

So, you’ve got the dress and just need to master her beauty-ful look? We’ve got that covered too over on our YouTube Beauty Channel, including the perfect red lip that we used in our Valentine’s Pin Up vid (a cute fact is that Gilda was even initially released on Valentine’s Day!)

Hope you loved this #flashbackfriday – check back next week for another hit of throwback inspiration. For now, here’s Rita in action…

Love Francine x

Big thanks to Sasha L King for the amazing Gilda graphic at the top!

2nd May 2014
Written by Very_Lauren