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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: E is for Elegance

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

E is for Elegance

I took a personal day from work yesterday in order to get a lot of move-related stuff taken care of (Saturday being the Big Day). And as I bustled around, I kept movies playing in the living room just for the noise.

The last movie I put on was "It Happened One Night", which has been in my instant queue on Netflix for a long time. I love being able to just pick a movie and stream it to my computer (which is hooked up to the TV so it basically serves as a huge monitor). But that's not the point. The point is that I sat down to watch the end since I was wrapping up my work at that time. And as always, I nearly fainted over the beautiful wedding gown worn by Claudette Colbert. I can't find a picture that does it justice, but here's one:

The cut of this gown kills me.  And the train...oh, the train...which is obscured by the lovely veil. I shiver when I see it. And it flows like water. But I digress.

Maybe it's the former theatre major in me, the one who sewed costumes night and day, but everything about it screams "Elegance". 

And that got me thinking.

What ever happened to elegance?

I guess that's why I'm drawn to old movies.  There's just no elegance anymore.  Glamour, maybe.  But no elegance.

Rarely anymore is anyone referred to in terms of their refinement, a quality in which they carry themselves.  It's all about money or looks or who can be more outrageous.

I guess that's why I'm drawn to old movies.  There just isn't anything, anymore that makes me sit up and go "woooooow" in an hushed tone.  Unless it's CGI or something.

I'm hard-pressed to think of anyone in the spotlight today who holds that quality.  You know, a real class act.  Someone who wows without being too flashy.  Who still knows what it means to be a star.  And forget films.  Back in the day it was all about escapism.  Escapist films today are mostly effects-driven, and that's okay, it has its place. 

But still, just give me one modern-day Cary Grant or Grace Kelly or Fred Astaire.

What do you think? Can you think of anyone who has elegance today?

Linking up to

Jenny Matlock



Blogger Sarah said...

Oh, yes the days of the elegant movies. Thanks for this delightfully ELEGANT post.

February 18, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Blogger Viki said...

Audrey Hepburn to me was the epitome of elegance. I think people now a days are more celebrity's than elegant stars. I think the fact that everything is known about them leads to some of that. Also, the fact that everywhere they go they are photographed. I think the times of elegant stars is unfortunately over to some degree.

February 18, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Blogger Jo said...

My great aunt ... she was grace and elegance.

February 18, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Blogger laterg8r said...

i think gwenyth paltrow has some elegance. i love old movies too - audrey hepburn had elegance in spades, grace kelly too :D

February 18, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Blogger Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

You make some very good points.

February 18, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Blogger Jenny said...

Wow, definitely thought provoking. There is little elegance in the world today. I rarely even see new architecture with any elegance.

It's a sad thing.

And a lovely E post on this eve of your big move!

You have me pondering that question now.

I'll see if anyone comes to mind...certainly no-one right away.

Good luck moving! Be safe!

And A+ for this E ndearing E post!

February 18, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Blogger Patti said...

Beautiful gowns...and very Elegant...from days gone by.

February 18, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Blogger Brenda said...

Cannot think of anyone at this time. I might have to ponder. I have to admit all the oldies are my favorite.

February 18, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Blogger Melinda Cornish said...

I miss elegance and glamour too....where did it go?

February 19, 2010 at 12:55 AM

Blogger Frugal Friend said...

here via company girls! It Happened One Night is my Fave romantic movie. I could watch that over and over. I'm glad you like it too!

February 19, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Blogger GardenofDaisies said...

Yes, that dress is indeed elegant! Who do I think of as elegant today? Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and all the previous first ladies, Katherine Heigl, Diane Sawyer, Gretchen Carlsen and Kristi Yamaguchi.

February 19, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Blogger mbkatc230 said...

Great post, and I so agree. Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy immediately come to mind when I think of elegance. Today, I think Maya Angelou is an extremely elegant lady. As far as the current crop of Hollywood stars, not so much. Kathy

February 19, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Everyone brings up great examples! And I can't believe I forgot Jackie! Talk about elegance!

February 19, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like to think I'm elegant...probably not true, but no need to burst my bubble.

February 19, 2010 at 5:48 PM


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