Established in 1938, Chicago's Pump Room was the place to be seen for high profile socialites and movie stars throughout hollywood's golden age. Jayne Mansfield, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, and Bogie and Bacall were just a few of the stars to frequent this glamorous Gold Coast dining hall. Pump Room is housed within historic Public Hotel, where the entrance and lobby were also seen in one of my favorite movies, Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest with handsome Cary Grant and blonde siren Eva Marie Saint.
Swanky Public Hotel proved a perfect place to stop in for an after-dining coffee in my powder blue Zoe Vine Eliza Dress. Eliza is the perfect 50's bombshell date dress as she is classy yet sultry, all in one! Her stretch is very forgiving so you can even feel comfort coupled with glamour. Zoe Vine is a London-based vintage-inspired brand, with an aesthetic of Marilyn's curves and Audrey's air of sophistication... a combination I couldn't love more.
I paired this silky dress with my own self-designed baby blue heels, created with Shoes of Prey. If you aren't familiar with Shoes of Prey, you are truly missing out... as I most definitely was. Using their 3D designer format, you can create your own pair of shoes - anything you dream up! As I know many of my readers can relate, it is difficult to find a unique shoe design with the kind of beauty and detail that vintage eras produced. So often I feel that designers in modernity are consistently creating the same exact shoe with little variation, filling the shelves of department stores with very similar trendy and commercial aesthetics. In past eras, shoes were more feminine and often had more intricate details. This is how I would describe the design I created: feminine, dainty, glamorous, original, polished, and posh.
Hope you enjoy a taste of 50's glamour in Chicago history... Cheers!
Dress :: Zoe Vine
Shoes :: Custom at Shoes of Prey
Bag :: Tatyana at Pollypop
Feather Fascinator :: Vintage Box 1947
Gloves :: Light in the Box