SUMMER VINTAGE: And God Created Woman

In a quiet and conformist post-war France, the Brigitte Bardot phenomenon, took off and shook it all up.

Text: Mary Giatra

 

In this 1956 movie, BB plays an uninhibited young woman that explores her sensuality, loves freedom and independence. She cannot conform and manages to scandalize a fishing village in Saint Tropez.

 

With her long, golden hair, her feline eyes and voluminous lips, she wore clothes that reflected her character -innocent at first but extraordinary sexy.- The celebrated fashion designer Pierre Balmain, created the clothes of Brigitte with a sense of elegance and simplicity that showed off her silhouette and helped create the myth of BB.

 

Body conscious garments and clothes that are often left unbuttoned are the key characteristics of Juliette, Bardot’s character in the movie. Still, she managed to leave enough to the imagination. Pencil skirts, polo shirts and shirt dresses where the key looks of the movie, while her walking barefoot on the streets of her village, is a symbol of her free spirit and caused a sensation.

 

Brigitte Bardot, in “And God Created Woman”, changed what was considered acceptable to portray on a film. In the over-stylized and perfect-looking 1950s, she managed to enchant the whole world and change the history of fashion.

  

from top to bottom:

Tortoise shell sunglasses, 17.95 EUR, ZARA

Metal bangle stack, FRENCH CONNECTION, 33.14 EUR, ASOS

Messenger bag with metallic fastener, 29.95 EUR, ZARA

The Cendrillon glossed-leather nude ballet flats, REPETTO, 185 EUR, NET-A-PORTER

Stretch-silk crepe de chine shirt dress, DKNY, 310 EUR, NET-A-PORTER