Ginger Rogers and Shirley Temple were my introduction to classic films as a kid. Either “Swing Time” (1936) or a Shirley Temple film was the very first classic film I saw.

Mae West, Lucille Ball and Ginger Rogers are 3 of my favorite actresses and who I also find inspiring in terms of their dedication to their craft.

Welcome to Vintage Stardust, I’m Rachel. My blog is about the art direction of classic films with feature stories about the movie stars and vintage culture.

My passion for classic films started when I was in elementary school. Ginger Rogers with Fred Astaire and Shirley Temple were the first classics I saw and how my favorite era of old films became the 1930s.

I have a B.A. in filmmaking and creative writing, where I obtained a strong interest in art direction and fed my love of writing. The writing and design of films are what I notice and think of the most, just like how some study the camerawork, so that’s why I tend to write from that point of view.

My three favorite stars today are Mae West, Lucille Ball and Ginger Rogers. Besides loving their films, it’s their strong dedication to craft and courage in stories of their career and life that inspire me.

When I’m not around classic films, I’m somewhere with my drawing board or sketchbook with graphite and watercolor pencils, pastels and gouache or writing a short story or poem.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you feel more excited about classic films or at least find something enjoyable to read for a few minutes!