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Why Wearing an Evening Glove is the Ultimate Power Move

As Rita Hayworth demonstrates in Gilda, a pair of long gloves can act as beguiling garments with which to assert femme fatale status

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Tulle lace gloves by Gucci. Photography by Tim Elkaïm, Styling by Chloe Grace Press

“Johnny is such a hard name to remember, and so easy to forget,” says Rita Hayworth as Gilda in the 1942 film of the same name, asserting her character’s position as the archetypal femme fatale. In a later scene – arguably one of the most famous in cinematic history – Gilda changes into a black off-the-shoulder satin gown designed by Jean Louis, with a side-slit all the way up to her thigh, her buoyant hair falling around her face as she seductively performs a rendition of Put the Blame on Mame

The long opera gloves paired with the dress, made in an identical fabric and reaching inches past the crook of her elbow, act as props to beguile onlookers, with Gilda peeling them off slowly to reveal the skin beneath. Here, Tim Elkaïm photographs five pairs of A/W17 gloves styled by Chloe Grace Press that could easily function as contemporary garments with which to perform Hayworth’s choice power move.

These images originally appeared in Autumn/Winter 2017 issue of AnOther Magazine, which is on sale now.

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