Feathers and sequin dresses
We have to admit, there are few pictures of Hayworth on which she is not elegantly dressed. Even in photographs taken at home, with her second husband Orson Welles, she still poses in high-waisted, wide pants with rolled-up legs and a vichy check blouse. In other pictures, we see her in flamboyant circle skirts and feminine flowery dresses. Woolen tops on high-waisted pants, polka dots, and flower prints – her hair always styled with the famous forties waves, her lips perfectly painted red.
But Rita is mostly remembered as Gilda, in feathers, sequins, gorgeous strapless evening gowns, and the long gloves that she takes off while singing sensually, all according to the forties’ prudish standards. British newspaper The Independent chose this specific ‘striptease’ scene as one of ten best fashion moments in the history of moving pictures.