The Golden Globes have always been a little more fun than the Oscars in terms of fashion – at least back in the day. So before we begin analyzing the styles of Sunday’s ceremony, we figured we’d take a little walk down memory lane and pick out some of our favourite looks from the last 60 years or so.
Just please don’t blame us when you buy every vintage item you see over the next few weeks.
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1. Marilyn Monroe, 1962 Golden Globes
In a sequin-embellished emerald piece, Marilyn Monroe could’ve easily been celebrating the 2013 Golden Globes as opposed to the 1962 awards. With a dress that emphasized her curves (without clinging too much), she maintained her reign as one of the era’s best-dressed celebrities, proving how timeless her style really was.
2. Mia Farrow, 1966 Golden Globes
Fresh off of "Rosemary’s Baby," Mia Farrow helped cement the minimalist look as both a formal and everyday aesthetic, re-defining the era’s definition of glamour. In a sleeveless dress with an empire waist, she worked the ‘60s mod trend beautifully, positioning herself with the likes of mod matriarch Twiggy thanks to her choice to let the loose-fitting gown accentuate her tiny frame.
3. Eartha Kitt, 1967 Golden Globes
“Glamour,” thy name is Eartha. Bold enough to wear animal print – adorned with fur, thank you very much – the actress (singer, dancer, and general force to be reckoned with) shook up the formulaic approach to award shows fashion, via not only her on-point updo, but her abandonment of “safe” pieces for something with personality.
4. France Nuyen, 1967 Golden Globes
But Kitt wasn’t the only winner to challenge style convention. Accepting her award in a cowl-neck sweater and synthetic suit (which was a testament to the ‘60s fashion focus on futuristic and space-inspired pieces), she looked modern and completely at ease. Which makes you wonder if we’d be this celebratory or accepting about such a fashion risk on the red carpet today. (Spoiler alert: probably not.)
5. Julie Andrews, 1967 Golden Globes
Simplicity is never a bad thing, which was proven by Julie Andrews’ 1967 number: a monochromatic, generously cut, long-sleeved gown that was emphasized only by a heavy necklace, and a slight embellishment on the shoulders. Evidently, it’s possible to be dressed up, glamorous-looking, and comfortable – with no Spanx required.
6. Cher, 1973 Golden Globes
Ah, relax, anyone with a “but this is inappropriate!” opinion. Cher cultivated an image long before any of us were born to disagree with it, and from the very beginning she took risks and favoured making an impact as opposed to blending in. A fur coat worn with a floral print, midriff-baring two-piece is exactly what Cher should’ve been wearing in the 1970s – and let’s face it: if we were Cher, we probably would’ve done the same.
7. Barbra Streisand, 1977 Golden Globes
The 1970s called for the opposite of early ‘60s glamour, so instead of channeling the mysticism of Grace Kelly, actresses wore whatever they wanted; girdles were exchanged for a complete lack of bra. So enter: Barbra Streisand, who mixed a pink, short-sleeved polyester dress with a purple fur coat. Accented with a brooch and a ring, her style represented the celebration of individuality. (Or at the very least, excess – the true ‘70s fashion story.)
8. Jessica Lange, 1977 Golden Globes
Meanwhile, on the flip side, Jessica Lange helped prove there was also room for simplicity in a decade rich in patterns, fur, and synthetics. Perhaps prematurely channeling her "American Horror Story: Coven" aesthetic, the actress opted for a simple, sleeveless black gown, teaching us that not only is she the baddest witch in town, but that certain styles will always hold up.
9. Jenny Agutter, 1978 Golden Globes
Remember how rattled everybody got over Jennifer Lopez’s plunging neckline over a decade ago? (Time flies, you guys.) Clearly no one had heard of Jenny Agutter, whose white goddess-inspired gown was risky enough to be part of the "American Hustle" costume department. Naturally, I think it’s great: not only does it reject the safe confines of traditional formalwear; it injects interest into an age-old award show. Or at least offers a preview of what the future of fashion had in store.
10. Donna Summer, 1979 Golden Globes
Donna Summer truly embodied the spirit of the last days of disco with her colourful, shimmery gown that she accentuated with purple beads and gold. Paired with bracelets and matching eye shadow, you can’t help but want to blare “I Feel Love” while looking up ‘70s nights – or at least go vintage shopping for an equally flattering and well-fitting dress.
11. Jane Fonda, 1979 Golden Globes
Jane Fonda went to the Golden Globes in a button-up blouse and black pants. If you don’t know why this is awesome, then let’s talk about how great rejecting gender norms is, then return to the photo of Ms. Fonda’s outfit and try and copy it tomorrow.
12. Elizabeth Taylor, 1957 Golden Globes
Frankly, from the ‘50s to the 1970s, Elizabeth Taylor could do no wrong (at least in terms of fashion). But, how fitting is it that she donned a crown alongside her printed dress? For brazenness, she earns all of our respect. (And for style as well – that A-line gown is a class act.)