Puss. Coined in 1941 at the height of the Silver Screen era, this
phrase epitomizes such notables as Joan Crawford, Gene Tierney and
their ranks included the drop-dead gorgeous. Yet, most were memorable
for a look, a presence, a larger-than-life attitudethattranscended
beauty. Objective analysis often discloses a surprising lack of
perfection of face or form. What made their characters fairly leap off
the screen? Why do they linger so hauntingly in our memories?
Glamour, starring such elusive qualities as charm and allure. Illusion played a supporting role, incorporating make-up, hairstyle, costume, accoutrement. Forget letting it all hang out. These babes had it all carefully packed in. And what a package, replete with trompe
l’oeil, elegance, mystery.
Erle Stanley Gardner of Perry Mason fame opined that a women should dress so as to inspire interest but not to satisfy curiosity.
you say. You lack a coterie of professionals to turn you out? Not to
worry. We can become understudies by reviewing the scripts and reading between the lines.
The entire article contains the following lessons:
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