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80th Golden Globes: 40s & 50s Glamorous Golden Globes Fashion

The 80th Golden Globes reminds us that Golden Globes and glamour go together. Hollywood legends, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Sidney PoitierCary Grant, Marlon Brando starred in classic films like Giant, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Rear Window and To Catch a Thief, The Defiant Ones and Porgy and Bess, Arsenic and Old Lace and North by Northwest, A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront. These are just a few of the legends that graced the Golden Globes over its 80-year history.


Scroll through the gallery to see the legends at play at the Golden Globes.


Fashion-wise, the period sizzled with repressed sexuality. Women wore dresses that nipped at the waist, the bodices so tight you wondered how they breathed. Hair was curled softly, mouths were crimson and the hourglass figure was celebrated.


The Maison of the era was Dior, who in 1947 created the feminine silhouette of flouncing skirts and skin-tight bodices.


Chanel featured a looser waistline – and the love affair between Audrey Hepburn and Hubert Givenchy began.


Even without Instagram, millions followed the looks the stars were wearing and of course, the Golden Globes was one of the best places to see all the best of the best gather in glamorous gowns.


Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper (who were not part of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association but are pictured in the gallery below), became powerful American journalists who could make or break a career with a stroke of a pen. See the photograph with Frank Sinatra, aka Ol’ Blue Eyes, with a camera looming.


It was in this era that an incarnation of the HFPA came into being. With the dissolution of the studio contract, stars needed the press. Foreign journalists became a way to reach the world. The foreign press banded together for access and distribution.


The photo of the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association (former name of HFPA) depicts the fashion of the working women of the day. Hats were worn for “occasions.” The peep-toe shoe was popular. Interestingly, this photo was taken in the early 1950s but already some of the women were wearing the pencil skirt that became popular toward the end of the decade.


To celebrate the 80th Golden Globes, we take a look back at some of the biggest names of the era at the Cocoanut Grove, often clutching a Golden Globe in their hands. Don’t miss Judy Garland receiving her Best Actress Award for A Star is Born.


When you get to picture seven and wonder why it’s there – well, that’s Grace Kelly and the famous Spencer Tracy back in 1954.


Return on October 28 to see the glamour of the Golden Globes from every era and catch the biggest names in unscripted moments.

Elizabeth Taylor, Mike Todd, and Debbie ReynoldsFrank SinatraDorothy DandridgeKim Novak1955 Marlon Brando Grace Kelly, Robert Taylor, Eleanor Powell, and Spencer TracyTony Curtis and Janet Leigh

Jane WymanJane Wyman and Gilbert Roland

Gary Cooper and Kira Appel1955 Zsa Zsa Gabor, Stubby Kaye, and Jeanne CrainSidney Poitier, actor, activist, Golden Globe winner

1959 Louella Parsons and Rosalind Russell Jean Simmons and Hedda Hopper

1958 Frank Sinatra1951 Van HeflinBarbara Stanwyck and Ann Barri1957 Jayne Mansfield1958 Frank Sinatra and Eva Marie Saint 1959 Shirley MacLaine1950 Cary Grant and Marina Cisternas1958 Gregory Peck with his wife Veronique 1955 Judy Garland and Rock Hudson