Spaceships, Martinis and a Robot That Makes Mini Dresses
You know I have a BIG thing for little dresses... and the mod, glamourous styles of the 1960's. It was an era of high-balls, hot-rods and space travel! Today, I was browsing through vintage photos from classic Sci-Fi flicks (and original Star Trek episodes) and I noticed an undeniable consistency... Gorgeous and sometimes strange women in micro-mini dresses. Apparently, in the 60's they were predicting a space-age future in which all the women are wearing very short dresses! Yay!!
Some guess that the trend most likely began with the film Forbidden Planet, 1956.
Anne Francis wears a series of "futuristic" dresses, and the best part (and I just love this) is that they were supposedly tailored by Robby the Robot. (I think I need a dress-designing robot of my own to put to work.) I know that seeing how Robby drapes the fabric in the center photo is pretty convincing, but actually they were designed by Helen Rose. Rose decided that "with exercise, dieting, health and beauty consciousness, the human body, especially the female body was getting more and more beautiful". She settled for a very short, stylish dress that was to become the first (?) "mini-skirt".
Perhaps the most iconic of all sci-fi minis was designed by Bill Theiss for the original Star Trek series.
These women were luminous, powerful and totally sexy. They navigated spaceships, seduced astronauts, short-circuited robots and befriended the burliest inter-planetary creatures. And they did it all in the shortest little dresses ever. They chose their courses, weapons and hemlines with space-age accuracy and undeniable femininity.
Cheers to the Atomic Era.... Spaceships, Martinis and Mini Dresses... I love it! What's your favorite dress style? Favorite fashion moments on film?? Do you wish you could star in a sci-fi movie? Please leave a comment below (scroll to the bottom of the comments to see the form) and and I hope you sign up for my mailing list!!