Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Nylons ,stockings, Suggestive ads, Sex has always been in Style.

 ::Classy vintage pin ups to the sexually exuberant fashion scene of today.::

Many pin ups were photographs of celebrities who were considered sex symbols.
One of the most popular early pin-up girls was Betty Grable.

Here she is in the famous shot of her in a bathing suit, this was most likey to be caught "pinned" up on the wall of any soilder in WWII.

Her legs, were famously insured for 1,000,000$ (at the time that was a lot of money. )

A vintage pin up girl was a woman whose pulchritude would entice one to place a picture of her on a wall.The term was first attested to in English in 1941; however the practice is documented as going back at least to the 1890s.

30s and 40s pin up style art work.

An Alberto Vargas.

He was a famously noted artist back in the 1930s-40s era. depicting images of lovely pin up models.

Of course, I had to include here the beautiful Bettie Page, probably the most imitated and adored pin up from the 50's. Stockings, smiles and S & M remind me of Bettie Page, too bad she became a nun not too long after her she became one if not the first  pin up/fetish queen.

Bettie Page, wound up and gaged? Yes please.


Wonder who these women were inspired from? Lets see not as cunning or controversial
but well adored,  I give you the Gibson girl, this girl your grandfather could tell you a few things about.

The Gibson Girl was the creation of illustrator Charles Dana Gibson at the turn of the 20th Century. The Gibson Girl personified the ideal woman of the 19th and early 20th century. She was tall, slender, and big bosomed.

Marilyn Monroe.

And the 60's.?

Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll (how many times have you heard that phrase?)
During this period most of the female sex icons were in film , few models in the 60's were projected as sex symbols. 

Elke Sommer

The gorgeous film star was also one of the most popular pin-up girls of the sixties, and posed twice for Playboy.

"The red scarf"
circa 1970's

Kate Moss, a clip from a  fashion magazine

The 90's brought us Kate Moss, and Calvin Klein Ads..and oh yeah... a culture (slightly recovered) from the free-love and drug fests of the 60's--  Still, sex in fashion advertising, started being exercised more than ever.

Now, we are typically considered the generation of the world wide web. Contray to earlier times, sex in fashion has not always been so prominent as today, whether it is slightly suggestive or up in your face.

Jordache ad late 70s.


Calvin Klein

Kate and Marky Mark early 90s.

Kate watching a  boy undressing via the rear view

Puma Ad 2007 aprox.

D&G Ad

American Apparel

..."Sexual content in mass media has been around as long as mass media itself...."


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