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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Pinup Girl: a look back

Retro PinupNot only a female model hides behind the term “pin-up”. Pin-up girls were and remained to be muses in the art and fashion world.

Let us remember pin-up girls with nostalgia and their sense of fashion. Hollywood queen and sex symbol of the past Marilyn Monroe was one of the most famous pin-up girls. But, Betty Grable was the first one to be the American troops` mascot during World War II.

Pin-ups as Playmates and muses

It all began during the World War II misfortune when the American soldiers, who were far away from their homes, needed motivation to great a new day with a smile. The media took care of it, placing pin-up girls in their magazines and on posters, in their full anatomic form and tight clothing. One could say that was the beginning of mass media photo model production. But, soldiers did not stop at one piece of paper.

They painted their favourites with airbrush on their jackets as well as decorated aeroplanes with their motives. Pin-ups were the same thing then as Playmates are today. They inspired many photographers, illustrators and fashion designers during the past 60 years (Dana Gibson, Alberto Vargas, George Petty, Art Frahm).

With curves against flats

Not only were the clothes sexy in the 1950s and 60s, but bodies of models had healthy-look attributes, and the clothes worn then looked amazing on them.

Pin-up return is a media blow to the ideology of a skinny model as the perfect woman. Every body craves more feminine clothes because the dictate of fashion gurus in tight jeans killed dresses and high heels. Although skinny girls are wearing it these days, especially throughout America and Germany, it seems that this trend is experiencing a comeback all over the world. Pin-up clothes are wearable, untrammeled and representative.

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