Jacqueline Susann’s decades-old hit, Valley of the Dolls (1966), holds an iconic place in the legacy of 20th-century American literature. Anyone familiar with the book and its abridged film adaptation (1967) probably agrees that the novel’s quality is soap opera drama at best. However, its characters and storyline are a enticing relic of the mid-century heyday of Hollywood glamour and New York society. Jennifer North, played by Sharon Tate, is the sex kitten in this saga of 3 best friends’ rise to fame and subsequent self-destruction involving “dolls,” a vintage slang term for prescription pills. The blonde bombshell character is more complicated than meets the eye, and is swiftly caught up in the superficial world of the entertainment elite where relationship and health pressures eventually lead to the gorgeous showgirl’s suicide. Coincidentally, the life of Tate was devastatingly cut short when she was murdered in 1969 by Charles Manson followers in the home of her husband, Roman Polanski.
Jennifer’s style in the film was characterized by feminine, breezy outfits that increasingly played in to her SoCal persona. Try out long maxi dresses with vintage influences like the halter top Gypsy Maxi Dress by lovers + friends or the confection pink Mrs Lacey Dress from *Vintage Boutique. We can envision Jen sunning by the pool in the South of France Antoinette Maxi Dress by Wildfox and the Lori Hat by Cheap Monday. Finally, a true vixen always stocks romantic loungewear and attention grabbing baubles… relax at home with the Vintage Robe and the Tzarna Princess Spike Stud, both by Betsey Johnson.