The right dress is just a starting point. Perfume, jewellery and a killer manicure finish an outfit. Here is our selection of the finest talons from films, magazines and runway shows. Enjoy.
Rita Hayworth in 1941 movie Blood and Sand
Bette Davis painting her nails, 1939
Beauty editorial from Vogue, 1956
Jean Harlow's Art Deco manicure
Victoria von Hagen in Vogue, 1952
Joan Crawford with her femme fatale nails
Beauty pages from Vogue, 1952
A fantastic trashy novel cover from 1959. Ladies take note - if you want to be badass, you need a decent manicure.
Marlene Dietrich was famous for her long fingers and beautiful nails. The scene in Blue Venus where she pulls off the hand of her gorilla suit to reveal a lily-white hand caused a scandal at the time. Check out the video here - the big reveal happens around 2min35.
And 21st century women wear it well...
Blake Lively with her half-moon nails
Nail art queen Rihanna with her reverse tips. Love the fur!
Lana del Rey tried a similar look for Vogue magazine in 2011
Adele with her red-backed 'Louboutin' manicure
DvT: never knowingly underdressed
Nicola Roberts's heart-shape manicure
The proliferation of digital cameras backstage at fashion shows mean that no detail goes unnoticed. Here is a selection of images from recent designer collections:
Backstage at Vena Cava
The finished result
Nail kit backstage at PPQ
Glamour Magazine, France
Alessandro dell'Acqua's bags do the hard work for you
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