Day 27 of the Shoe Challenge – Blonde Bombshells & Black Satin Marabou Mules

Yield to the Night (1956)

They asked me to change my name. I suppose they were afraid that if my real name Diana Fluck was in lights and one of the lights blew…

Diana Dors (born Diana Mary Fluck 23 October 1931 – 4 May 1984)

I will admit that I love all things camp and kitsch. I do try to keep a firm check on my purchase of animal print clothes despite my secret admiration for the wardrobe of Dorien Green (Lesley Joseph) in Birds of a Feather. My husband, a potter,  has a strict no-ornaments- unless-he-or-one-of-his-friends-has-made-it rule. He has placed a restraining order against any of the  Royal Doulton ladies passed on by my gran entering our home. (I particularly loved this one, sad but true.)

Growing up in the Seventies and Eighties in Britain it is probably no surprise that I have a fondness for kitsch. I recall that the tabloid press were obsessed intermittently with one or another of the famous blondes of the time – i.e. Diana Dors, Barbara Windsor and Paula Yates.

Diana Dors - Publicity Shot

Young Barbara Windsor

Paula Yates

Each of them are excellent examples of the gritty yet camp British interpretation of the Hollywood blonde bombshell.


As a non-blonde, non-buxom person I once aspired (and possibly still aspire to the over the top sex appeal displayed by these ladies.) Interestingly though for someone packaged and delivered  to the public as an over made-up, artificial studio starlet, Diana Dors had the ability  to look and to act completely naturally on screen. In one of my favourite films, Yield to the Night (1956) she plays the role of a woman sentenced to hang for the murder of her lover with incredible restraint and skill.

Diana, Barbara and Paula Yates are the kind of women who went grocery-shopping in marabou mules.  Today I pay tribute to them with my boudoir heels bought ironically enough in  staid UK high street store BHS.

4 thoughts on “Day 27 of the Shoe Challenge – Blonde Bombshells & Black Satin Marabou Mules

  1. oooh pretty 🙂 I too have a fondness for these beautiful women and *wish* that looking like that was still fashionable, instead of as though you walked out of a comic book (tiny waist, huge breasts- seriously those women would break if they were real and I’m surprised that many real women don’t – thank goodness for support undergaments)
    Oh – I remember those figurines too – my grandma had several and I don’t know where they are – they used to be in the *good* lounge room, the one with the drinks trolley and cocktail stirrers- sigh – childhood memories…

    BTW – love those shoes – stunning 🙂 you have inspired me – new years resolution is to expand my shoe wardrobe 🙂

  2. i had beautiful pair of black suede mules with a little rainbow fanshape in leather, and the bag that went with them – even back in early 80’s Pierre Fontaine was expensive on a shopgirl’s salary – sadly left them behind when left australia in 86. Nine years later i came back and everything i’d left in storage at Mum’s was gone, including the Fontaine’s and the bag. I presume one of my sisters had them away, but nobody has admitted it 🙂

    My only current pair of heels (aside from unwearable 5 inch heels i must have been mental to buy) are wedge heeled mules, one is another pair of Pierre Fontaine’s, very plain black leather, bought in 01 in WA.

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