Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween: Becoming a Bombay Bombshell

Picture - Heroine of the graphic novel Bombaby: The Screen Goddess by Antony Mazzotta (You can buy it for free, here, at Slave Labour Comics)

So....basically, my costume this Halloween is of a Bombay Starlet of the late 60's, more precisely the "good girl" of the 60s . My look, even though I could never equal the beauty of these heroines, was inspired by these ladies, and even more specifically their looks in these films. I also liked the styles of Sadhana and Nanda in the 60s as well.

Vyjayanthimala in Sangam (1964)
Inspiration: The Sleeveless Choli
Sharmila Tagore in Talash (1969) (I wonder why....duh, the red hair!)
Inspiration: The Hair Style

Hema Malini in Abhinetri (1970)
Inspiration: The Makeup (Eyes and Lips) and Flower in Hair

The look:

The Sari: One color, mostly pale or pastels with embroidery of silver or gold patterns

The Choli: Sleeveless (seemed to be the trend at the time), also I wanted a low back with a bow but I did not have the time to sew one.

The Hair: BIG. Long black hair would have been great but I have medium length red hair. So I did the 60's bee hive look (seen on the pic of Sharmila Tagore) or as we now call it the Amy Winehouse look. I got tips on how to fix my hair from this video. Also, I stuck two curls to my face with hair gel and sprayed lots of hair spray on the hole thing.

The Eyes: Lots of black eyeliner and pale eye shadow.

Now that I've got the look, all I need is Shammi, Jeteendra or Shashi. (Or Shashi ?, no, just Shashi!)


Unknown said...

Oh niiiiice! That is a wonderful look right there =) Good job Stella =) Nice !

Anonymous said...

what a completely fabulous idea.

I might steal it for next year ;-)

Anonymous said...

The saree colour and style really suits your skin tone, hair colour and your size. However, you did go a bit too easy on the make-up.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea and the look suits you so well.

Both you and the Bombay screen goddess seem to have the saree tied in a mirror image of its usual style (the loose end - the palloo - usually drapes over the left shoulder), though!

TNL said...

That's Awesome! I like that color of the saree too....what kind of reaction did you get?


Stella_1 said...

Thanks you all for your comments.

Bollyviewer- thanks for the tip, now I will know which shoulder to put it on. It was the first time that I put on a saree.

TS- Well , what I got most was "Oh, wow , what a pretty Indian Princess?" No one actually knew what I was going for, because most people hadn't ever watched an Indan flick.

Nikhita said...

Wow, your blog is really cool! I love Hema Malini's picture, she looks great!!
And by the way I really advise you to go on with Kathak. There will be difficult moments but don't stop and never give up. I've been doing Kathak since I was a child and today I'm really thankful for having ahd the opportunity to do it and can't imagine my life without it!

Beth Loves Bollywood said...

This is FANTASTIC!! I was just wishing I could get my hair and makeup done like that.

PC said...

You look lovely :-)
PC x

isfahani said...

[clap] [clap] [clap] [clap] [clap]

I wish more women dressed like this.

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Anonymous said...

Vay! That looks fantastic! And in that outfit I picture you dancing like Mumtaz here:

All the best,