ARCHIVE __ Polka Dots, or Lunares ARCHIVE __ Polka Dots, or Lunares

ARCHIVE __ Polka Dots, or Lunares

ARCHIVE __ Polka Dots, or Lunares ARCHIVE __ Polka Dots, or Lunares

A printed subject study : 

 

Polka Dots, or Lunares (Spanish, translates to "little moons").

 

 

The term Polka Dot comes from the polka dance craze that swept through Europe in the mid-19th century. The word “polka” itself comes from the Polish for “Polish woman” — in Czech, it translates to “little woman or girl.” Which makes sense, given the polka dots inherently feminine feel.

 

 Miss America was photographed in a polka dot bikini 1926

Miss America 1926, Norma Des Cygne Smallwood, in one of the first polka dot "bikini's".

  

The term “polka dots” to refer to a spotted fabric first appeared in print in 1857 in Godey’s Lady’s Book, a Philadelphia-based women’s magazine of the time period, but appeared mainly on accessories until post-war when machines helped to make the dots evenly spaced.

 

Frank Sinatra's first hit, recorded with jazz musician Tommy Dorsey in 1940, was a song called “Polka Dots and Moonbeams.” Frank Sinatra's first hit, recorded with jazz musician Tommy Dorsey in 1940, was a song called “Polka Dots and Moonbeams.”


 

 A dream dotted scenario photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar, 1949.

 

 

Polka dots hit haute couture status when Christian Dior used them in his infamous New Look collection, which Vogue called, "an unblushing plan to make women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female”. The polka dot dress was Dior’s best-selling New Look piece in 1954.  

 



 Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell at Graumans Chinese Theatre1953  - 2

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell at Graumans Chinese Theatre, 1953.  

 

In 1960 Brian Hyland's proto-Playboy anthem about a shy voluptuous girl who wins mens' hearts (and in-turn the hearts of polka dot lovers everywhere).  Bob Dylan donned a green polka dot shirt on the cover of his single "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" in 1964. A ballad of a thin, dot-loving man.

 

  

 during the filming of Viva Maria, 1965 Bridget Bardot

Bridget Bardot during the filming of Viva Maria, 1965.

 

1968 Twiggy in Empire polka-dot organdie dress, Dior's Spring
 Twiggy in Empire polka-dot organdy dress, from Dior's 1968 Spring.

 

Janet Chandler front and center for Balmain, 1987 polka dots

Janet Chandler front and center for Balmain, 1987 .

 

 

 

 Julia Roberts in Pretty woman brown polka dot dress and hat
Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, 1990.

 

I think it's safe to say they're here to stay. 

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