Growing up I would watch reruns of Gilligan’s Island before my mom would come home from work. I loved the show for one thing only and that was Ginger. She was, as most know the beautiful red headed movie star stranded on the island with 6 others. I fell for Ginger more so than Mary Ann I think largely because she was so beautiful and a red head too. I was so far removed from Ginger. Ungraceful, skinny, freckles and unruly red hair. I was more like Pippi Longstocking
than the beautiful, elegant Ginger. So of course the infatuation is obvious. I loved watching her wear her movie star clothes and that voice was so amazing! Oh, what I would do to be Ginger just for a minute!
Ginger was instrumental in my developing love of fashion, costumes and clothing. And, without Tina Louise’s definitive and consummate interpretation of Ginger to our little television screens, well there just wouldn’t have been a Ginger.
Happy Birthday Tina Louise!
What about you? Who were your early fashion influences?