Ava Gardner


Ava Lavinia Gardner was born December 24th 1922. Throughout her career as an actress on the silver screen, in movies such as; The Killers, The Barefoot Contessa, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Sun Also Rises, Ava became one of the most beautiful and sexiest `Femme Fatale’ American iconic film star ever. And from the early 1950s to 1990, she maintained her goddess like beauty and style until the day she died. 

Ava’s on and off screen style resonates still today as classic, sexy and alluring. Her long, dark, thick flowing mane, framing her stunning green eyes and dark red lips, said it all. Her flawless approach to keeping things simple, brought true meaning to the saying, `less is more’. 

When showing off her figure in strapless gowns and tight buttoned up sweaters, Ava paved the way to glamourous, sexy, beautiful, sultry, come hither style. 

Ava very seldom wore earrings or necklaces as her everyday style, but when she did dial it up, they were gorgeously opulent. A large flower pinned on the side of her long luscious hair, was at times, her jewelry. 

Long satin, lace or leather elbow gloves with a diamond bracelet, or two, was part of Ava’s daring ensemble. Fur coats, she loved and wore most often when the weather permitted. Sheer black stockings with a seam climbing all the way up the back of her curvy legs, brought ultimate sex appeal to any of her night out on the town styles. Posing for cameras in tight bathing suits, fishnets and high heels, Ava was the most sought after pin-up model of her time. 

Reach back in time when glamour stole the show on and off the red carpet and recreate your very own Ava look. Vintage shops that carry great Ava style do exist. Tight sweaters, off the shoulder gowns and vintage bathing suits with large summer hats, are available for you to add to your vintage Ava inspired wardrobe, if you know where to look. 

Sheer nylons with or without seams are a must, when putting together that unique style that Ava Gardner excited us with in the 1950s. Vintage jewelry from 1954, genuine and faux furs from 1957 and even a pink ruffled neckline dress from 1958, can be found, if you follow our lead to some of the best Vintage Stores around. 

A 1953 yellow summer halter dress baring soft silky shoulders are what men would love to see on their women today. That mysterious classic lustful style of a black on black 1959 form fitting skirt and low-cut sheer laced blouse, conjures up curiosity that drives men mad. Do it for them or do it for yourself either way, vintage fashion is today, and it is here to stay. Let the world gaze at you, the way they all did Ava. Be inspired! 


 For ultimate Ava style, we recommend: 
Swift Vintage
3216 W. Magnolia Blvd. 
Burbank, CA 91505