Obsessing over the Sailor look - again

OK, how cute and cool looking is Bette Davis in this photo? Love the sunglasses, love the sailor top and you know that I love the sailor pants! I want that outfit. Now. But with navy pants because I have a phobia of white pants. Red pants would even be good. I don't think I've worn red pants since the 1980s! I had leggings and jeans in every color in the 80s, red, yellow, fuschia, oh yeah Fuschia! That was my big color in the 80s. I had this oversized sweatershirt with hot fuschia flamingos and palm trees that I used to wear with fuschia tights and fuschia lace up boots. Well, of course you had to have lace up boots in all colors back in the 80s too.
OK, I've recovered from my 80s flashback and I'm ready to get back to Bette. I wish I could get my hair to go swooped over like that too.
I found this picture earlier this week while looking online for movie star photos to print out. I had this idea to print out a bunch of 8x10s and put them on the wall behind my mannequin for when I photograph items for the website. I found some great, high quality scans at this site - http://www.doctormacro.com/index.html - not only do they have a fab selection of Old Hollywood images that print out very nicely, they also have old movie clips that you could waste hours watching, just like I did.

So I did print out a bunch of images and put them on my wall, which you can see to the left here, and that looks really good. But now I don't think the wall of glamour is going to work out as a background for my photos, because I think it is too busy and distracting behind what I am photographing. What do you think -

I was a little tired of my white embroidered fabric background, mainly because the white made lighting difficult on some items. Maybe I'll hang a sheer fabric over the photos to give them a softer look. Or maybe I'll stick with my embroidered panel, and just paint the wall under it a soft color. I just don't like a totally plain background.

8 comments:

Alison said...

Hi Carol, Ms Davis is such a doll!

I think that the glam image back drop is a great idea and will work if the item you're photographing is bright, colourful and vibrant so that it really has some punch. If the item is a darker colour then you might be best with a lighter block colour as a background. Maybe have a play around?

Amy said...

Bette Davis definitely was a trend setter! She could wear almost anything and look good.

Anonymous said...

Love your blog ! and the vintage style especially vinatge sunglasses!

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