Rock the Frock 50s Style…in Paris!

What happens when a group of photographers get together? An utterly awesome rock the frock shoot in Paris – that’s what!

When Marie Donn‘s photos came into my inbox I let out a squeal of delight. This is just the kind of shoot I love – it’s relaxed, fun, great vintage style, real people and in a fabulous location. It’s full of colour, and if this doesn’t brighten up a rainy day then I don’t know what does.

(c) Louise Holgate Photography

Marie told me a little bit more about how the Paris shoot and these lovely ladies in their fabulous 50s dresses got together…

The shoot was part of a weekend away organised by our groups of amateur and pro photographers that met online – we usually organise meet-ups in the UK a couple of times a year but this year we decided to enjoy some joie de vivre! As soon as we decided upon Paris the gem of an idea to Rock the Frock arose – and as we all agreed that the fifties were THE most flattering decade for women’s clothing, the frocks were chosen with that theme in mind! There were six of us posing in the end, and each sourced their own outfit, accessorising their own way, but all looked amazing outside the Sacre Coeur and the Eiffel Tower.

Above - Jane in navy polka dot Pretty Kitty dress, accessorised with a handmade petticoat and shoes from OfficeClaire in tan/black dress and accessories from Oasis, Marie in vintage 1950s wedding dress sourced from Enchanted Vintage in Ireland (found via Fifties Wedding!), shoes vintage Gina and feathered hair accessory from Dorothy PerkinsCarey in dress from H & R London, shoes from Marks and SpencerRhian in (a-ma-zing) Vivienne of Holloway red dress, with petticoats (two!) by Petticoat Princess, shoes from Office, Rebecca in gorgeous grey Monsoon dress, accessorised with own shoes and ebay petticoat

(c) Louise Holgate Photography

This possibly looks like the most fun day out ever, and you can certainly tell the ladies had a lot of laughs. I just LOVE the locations, and especially that merry-go-round. Paris is such a vibrant city and it’s captured so well in the photos.

I asked Marie what the best part of the whole day was…

The feedback we got from the residents and tourists on the day was amazing – we were delighted to pose for pictures with those who asked, and we were another of Paris’s attractions for the day! For me, not much could beat sitting at a pavement cafe in Montmartre drinking hot chocolate in a wedding dress, but I adored the opportunity to twirl in front of the Eiffel Tower. Actually one of the best moments happened the day before we travelled out, when my gorgeous vintage wedding dress arrived in the post!

Which was Marie’s favourite image of the day?

It’s not one of mine, though it is of me – to show how ultra flattering fifties styling was I actually love Claire’s photograph of me in my dress. It sums up the glamour of the era, and the effortless cool of Paris. The whole shoot for me just demonstrated that whatever your budget, you can rock the fifties look in your own way.

(c) Claire Davison Photography

In fact, if you like the look of Marie’s vintage dress above then drop me an email ( as she needs to sell it now! It’s stunning. So floaty and very Marilyn-esq. It’s just gorgeous.

(c) Louise Holgate Photography

Don’t these ladies look just delicious in their 50s dresses – swoon! I’m sure they turned lots of heads in Paris.

A huge thanks today  to Marie for this wonderful submission. Great work ladies!

Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend everyone. Tomorrow on the blog we have a very special feature on my own wedding photographer, so please do come back for that.

Charlie x

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