It is less than one week until The Fabulous Times ladies will grace Viva Las Vegas Festival to soak up the sun, revel in the endless vintage shopping, lounge around at the pool party, have a flutter, dress up like crazy, scream at Little Richard and report back on all the action from the world’s largest rockabilly weekender! with our pending trip in mind we wanted to take a trip back in time to discover Las Vegas’ golden age of style circa 1950.When we think Las Vegas, it’s difficult not to hark back to the 1950s heyday of the legendary ‘Rat Pack’. A time when the strip glittered with the finest from Hollywood’s silver screen, socialites glided around the casino in mink stoles and cocktail dresses, mobsters and showgirls sat sipping cocktails at the roulette table. These days there’s little need to visit casinos with online gaming websites like binguez rapidly gaining popularity.
The 1950s saw a wave of development on the strip with new hotels being built, legendary shows being introduced to the show biz fuelled hotel lounges. Hollywood icons including Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nat King Cole and the Marx brothers to Dean Martin, aka ‘The King of Cool’ paved the way for the glitzy, show biz, entertainment capital of the world we know and love today.
The 50s were a time of iconic design from the ladies fashion, classic cars, signage, advertising and architecture Many of the strips colossal hotel-casinos were modelled on the art-deco architecture of Miami and at the time Vegas acted as the poster child for post-war America, as well as being a hub of wealthy fashionistas.In ladies fashion the hourglass figure was celebrated with dresses that created figure hugging, sensuous silhouettes– think Marilyn Monroe, with her notably voluptuous curves, Marilyn Monroe is one of the ultimate American female fashion icons born out of an era of true style and prosperity. Vegas casinos are full impersonators from Frank Sinatra to Marilyn singing Happy Birthday Mr President as they straddle a dangerously positioned wind machine!
For four days a year, Las Vegas steps back in time to the 1950’s and plays home to the world’s biggest and most popular rock n roll weekends, attended by burlesque and Rock ‘n’ Roll Royalty from Dita Von Teese to Little Richard (who will be headlining this years event). The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend takes over the Orleans Hotel where swing dresses and bouffants come out in their drones. With events such as classic car shows, live music and dancing, fashion shows and even burlesque shows, there is something for every rock n roll lover at Viva Las Vegas! Keep your eyes peeled for our pictures and gossip from the weekender.
‘Man, I really like Vegas’-Elvis Presley
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