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The Golden Girls, a television sitcom, aired from the mid 1980s to early 1990s. The wildly successful, feel good comedy gave us a peak inside the lives of four senior women living vibrantly and without apology. But what I love the most of the beloved sitcom is the costume (FASHION)! Strictly 80s, done with flair and style that ruled the decade. As I watched a vintage episode one night with scene stealing vixen Blanche (Rue McClanahan), I wondered if the sitcom had inspired women of the 80s to live fearlessly and fashionably the way Sex and The City had done for my generation. After all, the Girls are the original SATC. Yes, I know it sounds strange but let’s take an investigative look.
Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur): Miranda Hobbs, Esq.
Dorothy was known for her serious no nonsense practical personality, quick dry wit, and an over all brainiac. And like her personality, her clothing reflected power: shoulder pads and pantsuits, scarves and layers, menswear feminized was the staple wardrobe of Dorothy. Definitely a vintage Miranda Hobbs.
Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan): Samantha Jones
Blanche was a widower liberated in her golden years. Unabashedly in her sexual prowess, Blanche dated and disposed of men as she pleased. All while looking fabulous: vibrant colors, seductively clinging dresses, on trend attire, costumes for any and every occasion are what composed her closet. Samantha Jones is Blanche reincarnated.
Rose Nylund (Betty White): Charlotte York
Rose Nylund was the classic romantic of the group, she was feminine, lady like and always dreaming of goodness. Pure with a untainted soul, Rose’s fashions reflected her farm upbringing with an Elizabeth Taylor twist. Monochromatic suits, classic cuts and hues with defined a waistline, perfectly coiffed hair and manicured, Rose is the Charlotte York of the group.
Now I know what should come next, where’s the Carrie Bradshaw of the group? She was the main character, the fashion muse, the focus of SATC. Certainly it could not be the last remaining character Sophia Petrillo, portrayed by Estelle Getty?? No. I would like to propose each character from the Golden Girls had Carrie like characteristics. Dorothy’s dry wit, Blanche’s risk taking behavior, Rose’s dreamy goodness and Sophia’s adaptation for survival were all possessed by our main heroine Carrie Bradshaw. I’d like to think the gorgeous ladies of the 80s found strength, courage and a zest for life in the Golden Girls like we found in the gals of SATC. And the fashion, of course. Don’t forget the fashion!