Cinched Waists, Voluminous Skirts: The Classic Hollywood Glam Silhouette Makes A Comeback

Old Hollywood

ICYMI, Deepika Padukone played presenter at the recently concluded Academy Awards wearing a custom Louis Vuitton black silk velvet bustier gown and gloves. Featuring a strapless sweetheart neck and a full skirt, the construction of the gown was reminiscent of Hollywood’s golden age and we couldn’t help but notice a pattern. It’s not just the Pathaan actress riding the old Hollywood glam wave – this style which is defined by its sensual yet modest making is seemingly making a thorough comeback.

Synonymous with the dichotomy that ruled the 30s, 40s and the 50s, the bias-cut heavy, volume frequenting silhouette is bound to sell like hotcakes on the red carpet given our affinity for throwbacks, sartorially or otherwise. So, here’s a roundup of celebrities who’ve favoured the allure of old Hollywood glamour in recent times.

Deepika Padukone In Louis Vuitton

One of Louis Vuitton’s key global ambassadors, it was no revelation when Padukone opted for a Nicolas Ghesquière creation for the big night. Especially after her subsequent sightings at fashion weeks supporting the luxury french maison. Styled with a middle part and jewels worn over the velvet gloves, the Hepburn ‘esque ensemble screamed old Hollywood from the word go.

Lady Gaga In Elie Saab

Wearing a custom Elie Saab creation for her soulful tribute to Tony Bennett at the 2022 Grammys, the liquid silk draped dress featuring a bow was an apt reinterpretation of fashions that ruled the golden age of Hollywood. Characterised by a relatively shorter hemline and a huge bow at the back, the dames from the 50s would certainly duel over this one, one can be sure.

Lizzo In Versace

Old Hollywood

Spotlight on this Lizzo serve that lives rent free in our mind. Wearing Atelier Versace – the haute couture arm of Donatella’s offering, the fur shawl and bustier-like fit of the bodice gave away the old Hollywood ‘ness of its making. Even though the slit may have been a bit too scandalous back then, we’re sure Lizzo would’ve paid zero heed to the haters.

Dakota Johnson In Gucci

Retro in its making and an Alessandro signature in every aspect, this light mauve and salmon pink floor length gown by Gucci is reminiscent of the cabaret scene, courtesy the generous helping of feathers. The deep V neck and strongly defined shoulder seams do lend a contemporary element to the same yet manage to evoke a sense of old-school femininity.

Liu Wen In Zac Posen

Banking on what he does best, Zac Posen’s tryst with sartorial origami knows no bounds. With elegance as a potent front in each of his designs including this structured vert moment, the volume play coupled with the immaculate construction make for a well executed throwback to the old Hollywood years.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan In Michael Cinco

Designed by Filipino fashion designer Michael Cinco, this ballgown Cinderella moment is one for the books and is acclaimed to this very day at the mere mention of fashion at Cannes. In the exact shade as Grace Kelly’s infamous blue gown for the flick To Catch A Thief, the OTT makings of this ensemble pay a fitting homage to the grandeur and debauchery of the era.

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- Digital Fashion Writer


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